Upcoming Race Schedule

If there’s one thing I know for sure about myself as a runner, it’s that I love to race.

Racing is the reason I started running in the first place way back when, and once I finally married the ideas of competitive racing and running as a hobby, it was like a match made in RB heaven.

Put me in coach! I’m ready!

Racing makes me feel like an athlete . It makes running more than just exercise or a “calorie torcher” (btw I HATE that expression.) And racing provides a very tangible measurement to log your progress, successes, etc. Sure, some races are just fun—like this one—but for me, I really prefer to actually race when the opportunity presents itself.

When you’re marathon training, spontaneous racing becomes a little tricky. It’s a good way to gauge your fitness, but you don’t want to overdo it or set yourself back in training. I’m currently not training for a marathon, so I’m pretty excited to use this winter to pencil in some short distance races. Sorry paychecks, my Christmas present to myself is coming in the form of registrations and tech shirts.

Here’s a look at some of the races I have on the schedule:

Mustache Dache 5k

Along with every other blogger/runner in Seattle, I’ll me showing my facial hair pride (what?) at this humorous pre-Thanksgiving race. And as silly and fun as the premise of this race may be, I’m having this bug-out issue with it for some reason.

Yes it’s just a 5k, and yes I don’t need to try and run fast every race, but ever since my last 5k where I PR’ed without intending to, I feel this 5k pressure of sorts. 5ks also just scare me because my pace is so much faster than what I’m comfortable with, and we all like to keep our comfort zones within reach. So, I don’t know if I have “goals” for this race per se, but I think I’ll just try to run fast and hold on.

PS: Brunch afterwards bloggers?

Seattle Half-Marathon

Again, I think this is another event where a ton of people I “know” will be running, which makes it exciting. It’s also going to be the first half-marathon I’ve actually raced in nearly a year and a half. My last half was Disneyland, which was really just a for-fun race, and so now it’s back to business.

Sort of.

To be honest, I’m a little scared of this course, and while I’m anxious to go for a very ambitious half-marathon time goal, I’m not sure this is the time to do it. It’s a tough course, and since Tacoma, I don’t underestimate the effect a hard course can have on race expectations. On that note, screw you Tacoma.

So, I think for the Seattle half I may go for a new PR (my current is 1:46) and see how I feel. My half PR was run when I was much slower than I am now (at the time I thought it was a fluke), so I’m interested to see what else I have in me. We’ll see.

Christmas Rush 10k

Nicole let me in on this little $10 secret, and I’m so excited to run another 10k. Fun fact: when I first started running (other than running track), a 10k was my first race. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was a blast. I like this distance a lot more than 5ks—less puke-inducing but still fast enough to feel like a race. No goals really yet for this race—but I’m excited for it.

Yukon Do It Half Marathon

This little race in Port Orchard might be the ticket to my lofty half-marathon aspirations. It’s a smaller race, but such a beautiful course and still all the bells and whistles of a race (bibs, time chips, medals, etc.) It’s also on December 30, and I love the idea of closing the year with a half-marathon.

That’s all for now! Who knows, another one might pop up—but for now I’m pretty psyched for this schedule. It seems that November and December have turned into racing season for me, and I love it!

As for this weekend, no racing, but some running and seasonal fun as well. We have a “Family Thanksgiving” feast with some of our friends on Saturday night, and I’m planning a beautiful, cold 16 miles for tomorrow morning. Winter running, I love you so.

 

Now, please tell me which of YOU are running any of these races! Let’s meet-up 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Upcoming Race Schedule

  1. Lauren

    I have some thoughts! Lots of thoughts.

    1. It might be hard to PR at Magnuson, if they use the course I remember from the Magnuson series, which has a tough little hill less than 1/2 mile in. The rest of the course is pretty flat, but I feel like one early hill can really screw me up in a 5k.

    2. The Seattle Half course is TOUGH. You are superfast, so you might not have this problem. But, I consider myself a hill monster. I love hills. I run them all the time. I didn’t think the TCM course was hilly. If you don’t run hills and want to PR, start NOW!

    3. I need 10k revenge, esp after being sick and missing my planned PR race, so thanks for the Christmas Rush recommendation!

    4. We were going to the same Thanksgiving dinner! Until the half of that couple that was my friend moved out. Now we are not going to the same Thanksgiving dinner. Too bad, it is a missed opportunity to chat running IRL.

    Wow. That was lots of thoughts.

    Reply
    1. runbirdierun Post author

      It is the Magnuson course! But it starts/ends in a different spot than the Magnuson races do…meaning the hill is at the end. Which is probably worse…

      I’m much better at hills currently than I have ever been before, so hopefully Seattle won’t be awful. Maybe just go for a fun race?

      And sad!!! That would have been fantastic. My contribution to the email chain was that asparagus is too healthy for Thanksgiving food, so it should be swapped with green bean casserole. So helpful.

      Reply
      1. laurenefries

        $10 for the Christmas race??! I am in.

        Too bad we won’t see each other this weekend, and too bad for our mutual friends that are not friends anymore. 🙂

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