Well, That Came Quick - My Fall Racing Plans!
When you run a late June marathon, the fall season pops up on you pretty quickly, so I’ve gotta get my racing plans out there! I definitely have a desire to race more this season because I didn’t race a ton during my Grandma’s buildup because running another marathon during your marathon training really wears you out! I want to use my races during the fall as check in points for my fitness to make sure I’m on track for my sub 3 hour marathon goal or to adjust if needed. Here’s the list of races I’ll be at:
Conquer the Bridge 5.3 miler (9/2/19) - this race will be for fun. I ran this race two years ago and its TOUGH, but I’ll just use it as an effort session and don’t plan on full on racing.
Lexus Lace Up Orange County 5K (9/7/19) - this race will be my baseline for fitness. I hate 5ks, but I think they can teach us a lot. This will be my first time racing part of the Lace Up series and I’ve got quite a few athletes who will be out there as well. They’ve got other races in Riverside, Palos Verdes, and Ventura. They were awesome enough to offer me a code, so you can use SUGARRUNS for 10% off your registration for any of the races in their series.
Manhattan Beach 10K (10/5/19) - I’m excited to do this race because it looks competitive and the course has some rollers. I’m hoping to go sub 39 here if my fitness lines up.
Santa Clarita Half Marathon (11/3/19) - I’ve heard so many great things about this race the last few years, so I’m glad it finally lines up with my fall racing plans. I’ll be shooting for a 1:25-1:26 here.
California International Marathon (12/8/19) - I first raced CIM in 2015 and this is where I not only qualified for Boston for the first time, but got one of my two negative split marathons to date. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be doing this race and that I’ll be chasing a huge goal here. Excited to make this one count the most.
So there you have it! I’ll be racing every 4 weeks or so. I’ve never raced so much during a training cycle, but am so excited that each one really falls strategically into my training plans for this cycle. I’m clearly a planner when it comes to racing, but I also like to be flexible in case things come up. My goal is to get to CIM healthy and ready to run a sub 3 above all other goals. Let’s see if I can’t get some other PRs during this cycle too!
What are your fall racing plans??