There was a time that I considered the Marine Corps Marathon as the next logical step, but if you know me, I have lots of dreams and little follow through. I had the registration form filled out before the race sold out and decided to let that one slide, as there are a lot of things going on in my life right now that might keep me from having time for the appropriate training. I did not want to take the spot of someone who could fully commit themselves to the challenge. Now there's a graceful
Over the last few days, I have taken some time to peruse my options and apply an appropriate training schedule. These are the events I have already registered for coming up:
Sole of the City 10K
10K (or 6.2 miles) is a distance I have become quite familiar, and dare I even say comfortable, with. My hubby has also been training to run this distance with me on his long runs on the weekends. Throw in that it is sponsored by Under Armour, my favorite athletic apparel store whose founder was a graduate of my Alma mater and it's a no-brainer.
6th Annual Leatherneck 5K
This is a race the hubster and I run annually and is very near and dear to my heart. The proceeds from the race go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. In addition to it being for a great cause, I frequently run the course as part of my training.
Each year, a new t-shirt is designed featuring the Marine Corps mascot, the English bulldog. I have quite a collection and am looking forward to expanding on it.
There are several options to continue running into the summer, and even fall! Here are a few I am considering and am teetering on the edge of registering:
Baltimore 10 Miler
Let's face it. I am a sucker for peer pressure, and when a fellow runner and blogger recommended I sign up for this, I was all, "no way, man, dead heat of summer?" But then she was all, "but there's live zoo animals on the course," and then I was like "where do I sign up?!" So there's that. I was waiting to see how summer vacation plans were going to pan out, but it looks like I will be available for this one!
Baltimore Half Marathon
And then there was one. One race to rule them all, one race to ... wait a second... I had considered this race before, as the same friend who convinced me to sign up for the USA RnR Half had asked if I was interested in running Baltimore Running Festival's half. The one thing that I felt ill-prepared for during the USA Half was the hilly landscape, and there is one thing I constantly hear about the Baltimore half. Baltimore. Is. Hilly. This makes me want it all the more. The hills almost took me out once and I vow it will not happen again. Either because I will destroy them or I am not going to run this race. Only time will tell.
Race Premium: Under Armour Performance Shirt.
I will be visiting a friend in San Diego at the end of August and I plan to see if there are any small races that we could do as a group once I am out there. This list will change and grow I am sure, but it's good to have plans.
Now I'm off to convince my husband that he wants to run that half marathon we were discussing earlier...