My fall racing plans have not gotten a lot of consideration right now. My focus is all over the place and in Florida, fall really isn’t prime race season (January – March is our season). Let’s link up up on Tuesday Thoughts, with KookyRunner and Zenaida and see what’s in store.
We have two events planned for September. One is set and one is a maybe.
Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk (St. Augustine, September 8) – Mr PugRunner found this event and wants the family to participate. It’s close to home and for an amazing cause. We haven’t registered yet because he wasn’t sure if he was ready to run so close to the IOA/Jaguars Stadium Challenge, and we are now in a holding pattern because of Hurricane Dorian. The storm will have moved out of our area by the weekend, but we’re not sure what kind of damage or power situation we will be facing. Put this one under “gametime decision.”
Global Energy Race 10K & 5K (Orlando, September 22) – This is the race for which I accidentally registered earlier this summer, but I had a code for a free entry, so I decided to roll with it. I honestly don’t know much about it, other than it’s a 10K, I get to hang out with my sole siter Meghan, and I will score a medal and grilled cheese sandwich at the finish line. I do love a good 10K, so I’m going for it.
At the moment, I am looking at a few October events.
Pink Up The Pace 5K (St. Augustine, October 5) – I have run this once before and it’s a beautiful event in support of breast cancer. I don’t know if my fall will accommodate this but I would like to be a part of a hometown event, if I can.
PurpleStride Jacksonville (Jacksonville, October 22) – Little man and I will be taking on PurpleStride in support of a friend who is currently suffering from pancreatic cancer. We are hoping to have a large team to offer her love and show her how much we are rooting for her in her fight against this horrific disease.
20th Annual EverGreen Pumpkin Run (Jacksonville, October 29) – I have a love/hate relationship with this race. However, it’s a 10 miler, which is a great distance since I haven’t run a distance event in a while, and it’s such a historic course that it’s hard to pass up. The race has a Halloween theme, goes through and around a gorgeous landmark cemetary and has pumpkins lining the course.
And that brings us to November. For sure, I will take on a Thanksgiving race, but then what?
St. Augustine Half Marathon – (St. Augustine, November 9) – Do I want to take this one on? It would be great to have a half marathon again, especially a new one, but I have reservations. For one, it’s hot as heck in November. Second, I haven’t heard super positive reviews of the course, especially the giant bridge at the halfway mark. That’s right. You run over the bridge, make a u-turn and come right on back. Ugh.
Run Turkey Run 5K (St. Augustine, November 28) – This race is fun, easy, close to home and boasts cranberry sparklers at the finish line. Yes, please. I love running on holidays and it’s nice that this one is literally a few miles from my house. I can run without cutting into my Thanksgiving too much. Winning.
Space Coast Half Marathon – (Cocoa, November 30) – The Space Coast Half Marathon was my first half, and I could always revisit it. However, I am out of the running for a challenge, and it’s a lot to ask of the family to spend our holiday weekend out of town for the sole purpose of a race. I could do it, but I’m not sold.
The rest of the year.
Things will start ramping up in January. I am running races almost every weekend in February, and March is looking pretty busy, too. Our state is very much on a different schedule than a lot of other places, simply because our hot summer and falls don’t lend themselves to long-distance runs. Our local marathons don’t even make an appearance until December or January, depending on the calendar. It’s pretty crazy!
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What are your fall racing plans?