I have noticed a change of my mood lately… I have been looking at all these races coming up and you know what, I actually want to participate.
I am in the mood to run races!
I used to want to run races all the time, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to race at least once a month, but this year (partially due to budget reasons) I have backed off racing so much. I just haven’t really wanted to.
I don’t know if it’s the changing seasons, the contagious fall race atmosphere or what, but I can assure you I am not the only one this is happening to.
In the midst of this mood over the last week, I have signed up for 3 races… all this month.
First up Mt. Diablo Half Marathon.
Yes that’s this weekend. Yes it’s going to hurt and it’s going to be hard. But yes it’s going to be so much fun! I am really excited to get out on the trails for a long run and to run a trail race! It’s been a while.
With Amy at last year’s turkey trot
Next up is the Davis Turkey Trot 10k.
This is still the only 10k I have run, but it’s a tradition with Amy! This will be our 3rd year in a row running it. It’s definitely not going to be speedy, or close to a PR, but it might encourage me to run a little faster than usual. Plus I love running around Davis and there is always promise of yummy food after with my friend who I don’t get to see nearly enough.
Lastly, the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot 5k.
I love running on Thanksgiving morning! Chris and I ran this race 2 years ago and it was so fun. Last year we were out of town, but I am really excited to run it again this year with a ton of friends. Everyone I talk to seems to be running!
With these short races maybe I should get to the track for a week or 2 to wake up those muscles? Ehh we will see.
I have a few other races that I am very much eyeing and have gone through the entire registration process without hitting submit just yet. I don’t want to go overboard and sign up for/commit to too many things, but it’s also pretty fun to register.
All of these races do align with my off season goals. Both with trail running and with running short races without feeling the need to interpret them into a time for an upcoming marathon (which I have had troubles with in the past). Just because I am not in PR shape doesn’t mean I shouldn’t run if I want to! I purely want to go be a part of the running community and feed off the race atmosphere. I can’t wait.
If YOU are in the mood to sign up for a race, I might be able to help you out.
One of my favorite races, The San Francisco Marathon, has offered my friends $10 off the current registration fee. This race has so many great options, and I am trying to decide which half I will be running in 2012. It will be my 5th consecutive year of running one of the events which means I will be a legacy runner!
So sign up to join me that weekend, use ARONFFTEN for $10 off – it expires 11/11, so don’t delay!
Have you signed up for any races lately?