My half-marathon is done (sadness) and summer is approaching. So I’ve been looking up races for the rest of the year. “But Kayla, it’s only May.” Yes, but I’m a planner, organizer, and obsessive list maker, I shall plan out the rest of my year now!
After looking up races in Wisconsin and wanting to do them ALL, I’ve decided on focusing on broadening my racing distances. So far, I’ve only done two race distances, 5k and Half-Marathon. The rest of the year I want to do other distances:10k, 5m, 10m, marathon, 15k. And it just so happens I’ve found races in the remaining year to cover all those distances! How convenient 😛
My next race is the Bellin 10k on June 9th. I’m looking forward to this race a lot. There are 14,000 people registered so far. It’s going to be great.
Many of the races during the summer were 5k’s. I enjoy running 5k’s because they are fast. I don’t really like running 3 miles in training, but in racing it’s just fast and fun. In July there are two 5k’s I want to do. The Fox Firecracker 5k on July 4th and the Packers 5k on July 28th. The Packers 5k I want to run with my sister. The last part of the race is ran through Lambeau Field and it’s a night race. I think it would be a fun one to do with her.
In August there is another 5k, the Pacesetters XC. It’s another night run through a park in Oshkosh. The Pacesetters running group also puts on a Half-Marathon in August, the Cheesehead Run. I want to do that one to get ready for my Marathon in September.
Oh, yeah, September I’m definitely running the Fox Cities Marathon. I’m not scared. I can do this. I battled the heat during my Half-Marathon and through my training I’ve become such a stronger runner and stronger person. I’m definitely doing the Marathon. I’m going back to school in the fall, the Marathon will be my last big race of the year.
I found a 10mile trail run in October. Trail run? Sounds interesting and fun to me! It’s at the Brown County Reforestation Camp.
There are two (maybe three) races in November. World Run Day is November 11th. People sign up online and run whatever length they want. This one is a maybe. Like last year, I want to do the Festival Foods Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Only this year I want to run 5m! I will not be injured! The Noodleini is that Sunday and it’s a 15k.
There it is. The rest of the year. 5k’s, a 10k, a Marathon, a 10mile, a 5mile, and a 15k. Am I pumped? Yes. I can’t wait to test out my body, stamina, and strength in these other distances. Sure, I’ve did all these distances in my training, but training and racing aren’t the same. Racing brings so much adrenaline. It brings out a side of myself that is not seen during training. I’ve ran countless 3 mile training runs during my half-marathon training. Where is my 5k PR from? The Oshkosh 5k. That was a great race for me. I PR’d by 2 minutes and just felt awesome the entire time. Do I feel that way during my training 3 mile runs? Usually not. Thus the reason for picking these different racing distances for the end of this year.
Next year (yes, next year), I would love to do the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon again, but also dabble in some farther distances. The Green Bay Running Club puts on a 6hour/8hour Ultra Marathon in June. Runners get 6 or 8 hours to complete as many miles as they can. Intriguing. It is also a green event (meaning runners have to bring their own water bottle to fill up at water stations), which is always a plus in my book. This is one event I would like to check out. Also, in October, there is another Ultra Marathon that takes place in Door County, The Fall 50. It’s either a solo run or a relay. This sounds like a great challenge. And all the pictures on their website show everyone pretty happy and having a good time. Next year is still a long ways off, these are just races I’ve been bouncing around in my head.
This has been my planning and pondering since my half-marathon. I’m pretty excited for the rest of the year. I get paid tomorrow, so I would like to sign up for another race on my list. Yay!
How far in advance do you plan races?
Have you done any ultra marathons?