A few weeks ago I highlighted my “Dream Team” list of races to reach my 2012-2013 goal of a half a month. And while it was fun to hang out in La La Land for a bit, I also need to snap back to reality and remember that I have to buy groceries for my kids and put money into savings. Psht. Real life.
So the “This is what’s likely going to happen” list.
September - SheRuns San Diego. It’s a hilly, mostly trail half marathon and I’ll just be getting my mileage up so my goal is to do this nice local-ish race slow and steady.
October – Long Beach. It’s my fave in So Cal. It’s a big race, but I love, love, love the course and I *heart* Long Beach.
November – Toss Up. Malibu, Silver Strand or Anaheim Halves. Likely it will be Anaheim. It’s teeny tiny, it’s inaugural and involves the least amount of travel.
December – Las Vegas Rock n Roll or Santa to Sea in Ventura. These are two entirely different races, but I’ll have to see which fits into the calendar since I have not one, but 2 kids’ birthdays to celebrate in early December. I suppose I should plan around them. Priorities.
January – Tinkerbell Half. Registered and set. I’m not a huge fan of such an expensive race, but as a person who visits Disney about 15-20 times a year, and who saw the race last year, I figure I gotta do it once. Plus I’m lucky enough to not have to worry about travel or ridiculous gas costs for this one.
February – Surf City or San Diego Women’s. I did Surf City and really thought the course blew. There are a few perks to the race A: My family was there and B: I shaved 4 minutes off my PR, C: I didn’t feel as guilty eating all the Super Bowl crap later that day and D: People watched my kids so I could watch football because I looked “tired”. (Thanks Mom!) That said, the course was so boring I don’t know if I want to do it again. *yawns*
March – ???? I can’t find a decent local-ish race to do. Any ideas??
April – Hollywood Half or Boston. I mean, come on, those are so clearly alike. If by some freakish reason my 1 minute 18 second sub-qualifying time allows me in, I’ll be be in Bah-stin running a wicked fun race. If not, hello Hollywood Half. It had mixed reviews last year, but I have family right near the starting line and it makes it uber convenient to run. Plus you never know what celebrities you’ll bump into when you arrive at 5 am for the race start and they’re heading home from the bars.
May – Laguna Hills. Peeps, this one is on my radar since it’s literally in my neighborhood. I will place at this. I don’t care what happens. 2012 goal transfers due to my DNS due to injury.
June & July – I need to see what races come out of the wood work to decide.
So the list isn’t nearly complete, but whatever it’s a start. I am sure there will be slight changes but I’m excited to check out all sorts of races in the area the next year!
For my race plan gaps- anyone have any suggestions??