LET THE “SEASON” BEGIN…
As we sit here at the end of August, it’s clear that the “season” is upon us.
Now that season can mean different things to different people.
For my nieces, it’s means that “school season” is underway. And boy are they thrilled to be back in the classroom (cue the sarcasm). My oldest niece told me how exactly much she is digging working on a paper this weekend for her literature class. FYI, it’s not a lot.
Now, for the tens of millions of football fans around the country, college football season gets underway this week (technically it started on Friday with the game between Cal and Hawaii in Australia). And the NFL kicks off a week later. My Badgers are facing a ridiculously tough schedule this season, while my Seminoles are expected to compete for the ACC title and a spot in the playoffs.
As for my Packers (I can say “my” because I do own a share of the team)… they are one of the odds on favorites to represent in Super Bowl LI (let’s start calling it “Super Bowl Lithium”).
And as for Elmer Fudd… well he is forever torn between duck season and rabbit season.
So what does this whole “season” nonsense have to do with running? Patience grasshopper.
This upcoming week marks the beginning of another season for me… my fall race season. After a fairly race free summer (just the Shoreline 10K in July) I haven’t brought home any excessive bling since early May.
Granted I haven’t exactly been sitting on my laurels (ouch). I’ve been continuing my thrice weekly running workouts, but with fewer miles and a more mellow pace as I dealt with summer heat and humidity. Oof, it can get hot out there.
But in the last four weeks, I’ve been ramping things up in preparation (my pre-season if you will) for the upcoming season. On Saturday I did a final prep run, logging a dozen sweat-filled miles.
All in all I’ve got eight races current scheduled between now and Ho-Ho Day.
- Lexus LaceUp Irvine 10K- 9/3/16
- REVEL Big Cottonwood- 9/10/16
- Lexus LaceUp Ventura Half – 10/22/16
- REVEL Canyon City- 11/12/16
- Lexus LaceUp Palos Verdes 10K- 11/19/16
- Atlanta Half Marathon- 11/24/16
- Lexus LaceUp Riverside Half- 12/4/16
- Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run (10K)- 12/10/16
Of course, there is some wiggle room built in here and I might drop a race or swap one out.
And in October, I will also start training with Team To End AIDS in preparation for the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon (my 8th go round on that race).
As for my race goals/expectations for this fall, the two REVEL races give me a pair of chances to push my pace (as I continue to chase the elusive 2-hour half marathon barrier). Other than that, I’m just looking to have fun and run solid races.
Oh, and if my fall race plans don’t change, the Lexus LaceUp Riverside Half Marathon in December will be my “golden” (50th) half marathon. Sweet.
Looking forward to a fun and bling-filled fall.
Go Badgers. Go ‘Noles. Go Packers… and Run on!
How many races do you have planned for the fall? Share your schedule.