Here I am, nursing my sore left ankle post my awesome (though slow) 22 mile run in a thunderstorm when the crazy hits me.
What should my races be next year?
I get it. I’m a runner now. Correction, I finally consider myself a runner. Still working on the speed, but I have no issues with the distance. I can go on a 12 mile run at night and shrug it off as a medium distance run. A 6 mile run is a short run for me; anything shorter, I have a hard time considering it as a legit run. What have I become?
That being said, I’ve already started to look at races for next year. I’m 17 days from my 2nd marathon and here I am looking towards 2011. I should be taking one things at a time, but I know once the Chicago Marathon is over, I’m going to greatly miss the discipline and training that has been sucking my life force out of me. So 2011, I’m looking at you.
Here are the races that I’m pondering:
- Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K – March 2011
- Go! St. Louis Half Marathon – April 10, 2011
- Illinois (Half) Marathon – April 30, 2011 (haven’t decided on the half or full)
- Madison Half Marathon – May 29, 2011
- Chicago Marathon – October 2011
- NYC Marathon – November 2011 (if I qualify via lottery)
- Chicago Turkey Trot 8K – November 24, 2011
Looking at the list, I realize that it’s doable. (It’s the crazy runner that I’ve become that’s talking.) However, it’s going to be expensive. And yet, I’m excited. Like, really excited. We’ll see. Gotta complete the Chicago Marathon first before I start thinking too far in advance.
Though, having those races on my plate can help me beat 3 time goals: 8K @ 41:28 – 13.1 @ 1:56:52 – 26.2 @ 4:10:00.
Le sigh. Chicago Marathon, you can’t come soon enough, but I’m going to miss you when you pass. What have I become?