While I'm in the middle of marathon training, it's easy to forget the other races on my schedule. A while back I signed up for the Fox Cities Marathon (I'm doing the half). I keep forgetting this is even happening. 13.1 for me is still a challenge so I need to remember that I have less than 3 weeks until I'm toeing the start line. It will only be my second half marathon so I really am still not sure what to expect of it. I am going into it as a training run so honestly I don't really know if I will PR (nor do I expect to). My previous half marathon time was 2:11 and that averages out to right at a 10:00 minute mile. This whole summer, I have barely kept that pace on longer runs. The humidity has been killing me and I don't expect it to cool down that much before this race considering the AC is on right now and we are expected to get back into the 90's this week.
Several other bloggers are also doing this race, either the full or half marathon so it should be a fun time regardless. Bonus!
Next up is my full marathon. By the middle of October it better be cooler or I might have to do some serious harm to someone. I still have the mentality of just finishing it. Lish and I both agree to just do it, have some fun with it and finish. We don't want to set ourselves up for a melt down when we see we aren't hitting goals we may have had in mind. The only thing that worries me is that it's on a trail that isn't paved. I have bad luck with unpaved trails. It will be interesting to say the least.
Right after the full marathon I also signed up for the Tyranena Beer Run. Any guesses on why I signed up for that? It's a half marathon and from what I hear, it's pretty hilly. I'm hoping I'm recovered enough to get through it without wanting to shoot my head off. I am sure to enjoy the brews and provided food after.
I am not officially signed up for any other races but I still would love to get in another 5k since my last 5k was last December. I would hope that I have improved some since that time. I was told this week that I should be faster than I am. I'm so damn tall that you would think my stride would be long but it's been pretty typical of me all my life not to put forth my best effort when it comes to sports. I used to hear it all the time growing up, the potential I have but I don't put it all out there. If someone would like to explain to me why I'm such a wuss, that would be great. I just chalk it up to me not being a "natural runner." I'm always envious of people who start running and instantly are doing 8-9 minute miles with little effort.