Fall races are my favorite. The weather is cooler, the swag is usually better and let’s be honest, the winter running clothes are just plain cuter which makes training more fun!
I like to schedule a few Fall races just to keep me healthy through the holidays and it gets me back into running slowly after taking a break over summer. Every year I run the annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving. The main motivation to running this race is so I can indulge in the sweet potatoes, corn bake, and pie without the guilt later that day! It’s also a great family event and one of the few 5k’s that I do annually so I get to compare times. If you are in the Fresno area for Thansgiving, I highly recommend you check it out HERE.
The second race that has become a regular in the Fall lineup is Two Cities Marathon and Half. The swag for this race is pretty decent, the breakfast after is delicious, the spectators are awesome and it’s the only race I run with The Engineer. Last year we relayed the half and got 3rd in the co-ed division. Pressure is on this year for me! He’s been in full marathon training mode all summer (he’s running the Portland Marathon this Sunday!) and I’ve been in Boot camp HIIT mode which = no running.
I decided to get a training plan and started last week. I went with the MY ASICS training plan and I have to tell you – it’s been amazing! You enter your race date, the time you’d like to finish, the amount of days you want to run each week and then presto! Your plan magically appears with pace times and imports easily into a variety of calendars. I’m not trying to hurt myself, so I took a very realistic training approach to this race. Last year I had completed Ironman Austin 70.3 the Sunday before and was well trained, this year, not the same story!
Here’s a glimpse of my next few weeks:
What races do you have planned for the Fall?
What’s your favorite indulgence on Thanksgiving?