Upcoming Races

9 Dec

I went on a run last night after work and the sunset was absolutely amazing. Luckily, I was running with my phone and was able to get a few good shots around the lake.

Doesn’t it look like Someone painted the sky with watercolors? Wow.

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Speaking of running, in preparation for the Eugene Marathon, I have penciled in 3 races on my calendar:

A Christmas Carol 5K on December 17

Hoping to break my one-race PR of 33:40. I bought a Santa hat for Travis and an elf hat for me to wear during the race – it’s a great time to be festive!

Ralston Creek Half Marathon on February 12

This is a new race and super close to my house, so score! I will be shooting to beat my PR of 2:30:46 (11:30/mile pace). If I can run the race at my recent easy long run paces of 11:00-11:15, I will beat my PR by 5 minutes!

I had originally planned on just running the 10 mile race below but I really like the half marathon distance and as much as I would like to think I’ll be motivated to run a half after the marathon is over, I know myself. I might not even do a triathlon next year. This girl will most likely want a break from having a training schedule and striving to fit 5 workouts in a week.

Snowman Stampede 10 mile on February 18

At first, I thought doing races on back to back weekends was not smart, but then I looked at my training plan and realized that I would be scheduled for running 10 miles anyway. Why not run with other people and get a t-shirt?

The last 10 mile race I ran was back in 2006 – the first road race I ever did! I was speedy back then – my time was 1:38:41, a 9:52/mile pace. I would love to run that fast now! (I still think the altitude has a lot to do with my slower paces, but it could just be that I’m getting old! ::single tear::) Anyway, I don’t think I’ll have any time goal for this race. I just want to get out there and enjoy myself.

After the 10 mile race, it’ll be on to the marathon!

Eugene Marathon on April 29

You can read why I chose that race here.

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You know what I love the most about local running races? How cheap they are. After paying $100-120 for triathlons and big races like the Denver RnR, I am more than delighted to pay $40 for a race.

Are you doing any holiday or winter races?

5 Responses to “Upcoming Races”

  1. candicepeak December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Looks like you have a lot of fun races coming up! I can’t wait to read more about them!

  2. Danielle @ Happily Ever After December 9, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    omg….you ran in that? i mean, it’s gorgeous, but it makes me feel like a serious WIMP for whining about my measlely 40 degrees and no snow! good for you, girl!! exicitng races coming up- yay!!

  3. Beth December 9, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    What a great race schedule! I love the half marathon distance too, but I’ve never run a 10 mile race. I wonder if it’s like the best first 10 miles of a half without the pain of the last 5k ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with everything!

  4. Beth December 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hey Kathy! I found that speedwork was key to dropping my mile time. Lots of 400, 800 and mile repeats. It’s strange, but you have to practice running fast, it doesn’t happen magically! It took me a while to learn that. When you’re running fast, and nearly anaerobic, you’re drawing on very different body systems than when you’re running at a long run pace. Definitely consider adding in some speedwork if you’re trying to speed up your average pace! Plus, tracking speedwork is pretty much guaranteed to show you improvement over time, and that’s really satisfying ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  5. Heidi Nicole December 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Hey, the Snowman Stampede is on my schedule too – maybe I’ll see you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am seriously hoping that I can take on and beat some of my PRs that I set way back in 2009…apparently I was crazy dedicated back then. Now I have to actually do speed work and pick ups…phewie!

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