June 6, 2006
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It seems as though the warm weather is here to stay, which means it’s time for the summer racing season for runners. Since I started off with the goal of running a marathon, I have really yet to master the art of the “short race”. It’s hard to run your best in a 5K when you’re programmed to pace yourself for a marathon. But that doesn’t keep me from trying.
Here is a list of the upcoming races that I plan to run in. Please let me know if any of you are interested in joining me for any of these (NOTE: A 5K is 3.1 miles):
– Inaugural Ohio City 5K & Pub Crawl – June 17th – 7pm – A new race in this great little Cleveland neighborhood in the evening, with live music and a pub crawl afterwards.
– A Most Excellent Race – June 25th – 8:30am – I ran this 10K last year as my first official “race” and had a great time. The course goes through the streets of Cleveland Heights and past a number of nice old homes. It benefits Camp Cheerful, a camp for children with disabilities in Strongsville. There is also a 5K option.
– 3rd Annual Winking Lizard “A Shot in the Dark” – July 15th – 6:30pm – Another evening race which had over 1000 participants last year and I’ve heard it’s a great time. Either a 4 mile run, or a 2 person (2 mile each) relay, held at the downtown Lizard. In addition to a free t-shirt and necklace, all runners get a free sandwich afterwards along with drink specials in their huge beer garden.
I also plan to run some longer races later in the summer, including a few half marathons. Also, it is not definite yet, but I’m thinking about running my third marathon in October. I have my eye on the Detroit Free Press Marathon, though I have not made up my mind yet.
I know I told many of you that the last one might be my last, but I don’t think I’m ready to give it up just yet. The improvement I saw between my first two marathons has really encouraged me to try to push myself and see how much more I can improve. Also, there is the reality that if I stop running, I’d probably gain about 50 pounds and become a blob. So there’s that too. 🙂