tuesday thoughts: my fall racing plans

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.

fall racing plans


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.”

fall racing plans

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.

fall racing plans


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.

fall racing plans

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?

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14 Responses to tuesday thoughts: my fall racing plans

  1. Looks like you have a busy and fun fall line up races!

  2. Rachel says:

    It’s so interesting that your racing season is flip-flopped. It’s like Florida, TX, and Arizona folks live in the South Hemisphere… Haha! Jk. 🙂

  3. Cari says:

    I want to do Space Coast one year, but it’s a hard one with my work schedule.
    I”m with you on a hot November – it’s why I don’t do the other FLL Half
    Didn’t realize the Siller Foundation had runs in other cities – although I do the 9/11 Museum one regularly-ish, I have yet to do this one. One year!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s really hard to get in a destination race over Thanksgiving weekend.

      The Siller Foundation does have several locations for their event. Unfortunately, we just found out they had to cancel this weekend because of the hurricane. Everything is fine but LEO has its’ hands full of other priorities right now. They will reschedule and then we will see.

  4. Lots of great options! I have nothing on the roster after MCM (Oct. 27th)…and in Iowa, there’s not much that time of year LOL Well, we will have our annual turkey trot, but it’s not really an official race.

  5. Looking forward to seeing which races you choose. It seems for me, I stop running most of the year… and then run like six races between October and November. We’ll see how that plays out this year!

  6. Kim G says:

    You have some amazing races lined up for the Fall. I especially love the holiday ones you have lined up!

    Stay safe in Florida – sending you positive vibes!

  7. Coco says:

    You have a lot in your calendar! I only have two races but even those are going to be a struggle based on where I am now.

  8. You have some great races this Fall! I would love a grilled cheese sandwich after a race too. I did laugh when you say it is hot as heck in November because here it is the opposite. 🙂
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