Monday, September 20, 2010

A little bit out of the ordinary

I've completed precisely two races this year, a 5K back in February and a half-marathon in April. Oh sure, I had lots of things planned during the summer (a few triathlons and half-marathons come to mind), but my knee was having none of that.

Now that I seem to be back on my feet, I'm putting some semblance of a race schedule together with one race targeted for each month through the end of the year. I was looking for races that are a little bit out of the ordinary. Here is what I'm aiming at:

September: Corrida de Corrales 5K

It is held in conjunction with the Harvest Festival, it's all off-road, and it's close to home. Plus they are giving out running gloves instead of race shirts. The gloves pushed me over the edge when I wasn't sure about running this. I'm treating it as a fun run, though, not going to push it too much.

October: Bosque Boogie 10K:

I've only done a couple of 10Ks and while I really don't care too much for that distance, I do like mixing things up. From the photos I saw from last year, it looks to be a mix of road and trail. I hope it is, because that's the main reason I chose that particular event over a few other options during the month.

November: Veteran's Day 11K:

No that's not a typo. It's an 11K, probably because Veteran's day is on 11/11. Even thought the actual race will be held on the weekend a few days later. Hey, if nothing else, this will be a PR since I've never raced that distance before. Ha!

December: Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5K or 10K

This would be my 5th year running. It's a race for a great cause and it's always been a lot of fun. I'll decide which distance when it gets closer, but at the moment I am leaning toward the 5K option. Want to have fun with this one. The first year I ran in a Santa hat. Wonder what I can come up with this time?

Out of the four listed above, the only one that I've actually signed up for is the Corrida de Corrales 5K. The race is this Sunday. Eek! I'm not ready! Oh wait, I said I was treating it as a fun run. Because of the race, I am moving my long run of 7 miles to Friday.

At the moment, I'm looking forward to the long run more than the race. That's mostly because 7-8 miles is my favorite distance in training. I'm sure I'll be more excited about the race when I pick up my packet on Saturday. Either that or I'll panic and freak out because I'm not ready!

Anything a little out of the ordinary on your race schedule?


  1. my first race on Saturday is out of the ordinary! Since it's my first race, but I'm looking at this 5k: Santa Jingle Bell 5k where each participant gets a santa suit and has to run in it!

  2. Yay for the Jingle Bell 5K! Maybe you could share some of your warmer temps with us so it's not below freezing that weekend!?! lol

  3. 11K - sounds fun!

    I think I'm going to do a few races before the end of the year...we'll see ;)

    I always wanted to run a Jingle Bell 5K in a funny outfit.

  4. there's a 4km swim I like to do in December, hope I can fit it in this year

  5. I was thinking about doing a 5k or a 10miler this coming weekend about an hour away. Then I remembered my in-laws are coming to visit, so I scratched that plan.

    The 11K sounds great, as do those gloves!

  6. Sounds like a fun fall!

    I'm running a race at a beer festival in a few weeks. ;o)

  7. Nothing out of the ordinary for me, just sounds like we're in the same boat with the injury and not racing... Good luck with the long run.

  8. Nice to see some races on the horizon!

    After my half and full marathons coming up, I have two ten-milers to round out the year. One is on Halloween and one is on Boxing Day... costumes, anyone??

  9. so let it be written, so let it be done!

  10. Sounds like a fun schedule to finish out the year!

  11. Yay races! These sound fun and you certainly have to like an automatic PR. You definitely need a crazier outfit for jingle bell!

  12. good luck to all your race events =)

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