I am super excited that it is race season here in Florida. It is so hot & humid here in the summers that the last known 5k in the area is at the end of May. That means from May – September = no competing for me. Which sucks for me because I am a competitive person. At least, with myself. I don’t care if you beat me, but I do care if I don’t beat myself.
I consider myself fairly new to the sport of running. Last season was my first full racing season. I ran my first 5k in May of 2011 and then last season ran three 5ks, a relay race (7.75 miles in one day, split into two legs) and a half marathon. I PR’d two of the three 5ks and was so excited to have done so. My goal this year is to run a sub 24:30 5k. My best time thus far is 26:52. I got this ya’ll.
This year, I plan on running one race a month… mostly 5ks with a couple of longer ones and one half marathon thrown in for good measure. I have a lot of running friends that decide to run races kind of last minute, but unfortunately my work schedule doesn’t really allow for that. I have to pick my races ahead of time and make sure that I can get that shift off of work. Here are the races I am planning on so far:
- September 29 – Run 2 Live 5k
- October 13 – Phillippi Shores 7k
- November 11 – 5k Classic for Special Olympics
- March 17 – Sarasota Half Marathon
- May 25 – Sammy’s Run 5k – the race that started it all!
I’ll keep you updated as I sign up for more and I’ll try to do recaps on each race.
Do you plan races ahead of time? Or do you just wing it?