Summer is finally over and things are starting to cool off temperature wise in Georgia. We’re still experiencing unusually warm weather for October though. This week we’ve been very close to record high’s. Next week, things start to look like typical autumn weather in Georgia: lows in the 50’s and high’s in the 70’s. Time to get fired up again.
Cooler weather means more local organized runs between now and the end of March. I’ve signed up for several 10K’s and a half marathon. Coming up in the not too distant future I have:
- Broad Street Ramble 10K, Augusta, GA – October 29th
- WJBF/Salvation Army Turkey Trot 10K, Augusta, GA – November 19th
- Jingle Jam 10K, Evans, GA – December 8th (CANCEL)
- Augusta University Half Marathon, Augusta, GA – February 26th, 2017
The Broad Street Ramble is a fairly flat out and back course. I don’t think I’ll have a new PR this year though. I really cut back on my mileage this summer and I’m feeling the effects of that now. Don’t think I’ll have my running groove going quite soon enough. The WJBF/Salavation Army Turkey Trot isn’t a new event for me really but previously I ran the 5K instead of the 10K. It’s a fairly flat and almost identical course as the Broad Street Ramble. I hope to improve my time from the first race but still not expecting a PR time. I’ve ran the Jingle Jam 10K the past three years. Unfortunately, I signed up and then a week later found out I have a scheduling conflict and will have to miss it this year. Oh well, it’s for a good cause anyway.
Last year, I ran the Augusta University 10K but this will be my first local half marathon. It’s a challenging course but I’m looking forward to the run. I expect this half marathon will be more of a training run. Why? Because I’ve signed up for two other half marathons:
- St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon, Nashville, TN – April 29th
- OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, Indianapolis, IN – May 6th
In case you didn’t notice that’s two half marathons within seven days! I ran the St. Jude Rock n’ Roll Nashville half last year with my daughter and son-in-law and we will repeat this event in 2017. I didn’t do it last year but this time I’m raising money for St. Jude. You’ll hear more about that very soon.
The following week the three of us are running together at the OneAmerica 500 Festival half marathon in Indianapolis, Indiana. My very first half marathon was at the Indy event in 1991. I said then I would never run another half marathon again. I kept that promise until last year when I ran in Nashville. You know you should never say never. Looking forward to going back to Indy for this race. When I ran it in ’91 the race ended at the finish line of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That row of bricks to mark the finish line never looked so good as they did on that day. Now the 2.5 mile oval is the turnaround point. Won’t be quite the same but it will be pretty awesome to run around the world’s most famous motor speedway again. Running two events a week apart with my daughter and her husband makes it even better.
I’ve got my work cut out for me that’s for sure. The good thing is I’ve got plenty of time to get ready. It’s all preliminary but I’m thinking from now until the first full week of December I’ll just continue with my current 14-16 miles per week. Once we get to December it will be time to gradually work up to the half marathon distance by the end of February. After the Augusta University half is out of the way I’ll probably cut back my mileage a little and gradually work up to the half marathon distance in time for the event in Nashville. That’s my high level perspective on my training anyway. As we get closer to December I’ll likely start thinking more about the details of my training.
I’ve been pretty quiet on the blogging lately and as I said a few weeks ago, my posting activity is going to increase again. Just had a ton of stuff to deal with this summer and in just a few weeks my last single daughter is getting married. Once the wedding is out of the way I think the major life events of 2016 will be over and I can focus more on me. I’m not complaining–it’s all good. Life gets in the way sometimes and you just have to do the best you can. I’m doing that! Stay tuned for more information about me raising money for St. Jude’s and I’ve got a post about my thoughts on “Chi Running” coming soon too.