I’ve been putting off this post a bit. I don’t really know that I can pinpoint why. Actually, if I was honest with myself, I feel like writing all of this out brings a LOT of accountability, and it makes me hella nervous.
I am also a planner, and keeping my 2013 race plans all in my head would be a travesty (because, we all know I’ve got them). So, without further ado, here’s part 1 of what I’m planning on racing this year. I was going to do this in one shot, but honestly, that would have been one long post for you guys to read!
Saturday, March 16th, Downtown Des Moines, Iowa
This looks like it’s going to be sooo much fun. Green people? Green beer? Winning! Plus, ladies get a head start and the guys chase them. The first person to cross the finish line wins a free drink for their gender at the Green Beer Block Party at the Royal Mile. Although, do the girls really need the head start?
Saturday, April 20, Des Moines, Iowa
I’m actually a tiny bit on the fence with this one, but honestly, it looks like so much fun that I don’t know that I CAN’T run it. You know? Although I do imagine that this is more of the run/walk/jaunt/dance type of race, similar to the Color Run. The concept of this one, however, is that you follow a course of black light zones, a finish the race in a glowing finish line chute, and wear ‘glow gear’, which I’m guessing are glow sticks, but they just say ‘glow items’, so I’m not really sure what they mean by that. I don’t really like not being timed when I’m paying for a race, but I’ll probably look past that.
So anyway, you’ve got a firm-maybe-I might do this race. Haha! Also, I find it hard to pass up a course with a medal. Medals are just fun. The good thing about it is that I think it would be a good stress/nervousness reliever since it falls one week prior to my first half marathon of the year.
Sunday, April 28, Des Moines, Iowa
My first half for the year! The Drake Relays are a pretty big deal in Iowa, and there are a ton of runners that show up to run professionally, or with school, or something. Okay, I’m a bit vague on details on the relays themselves. But, the time of year is perfect, and I’m excited that this will be my second half marathon! (Let’s not yack at the end, okay, Alex?)
Saturday, May 11th, Jefferson, Iowa, to Des Moines, Iowa
Okay, I’m super pumped about this. I’m joining a team organized by Jacki of Dare 2 Dream Dare 2 Do for this event. We’ve got 7 people on the team total, so everyone runs about 11 miles (I think). 75 mile route total. I’ve always wanted to do a relay (you know, since I started running a year ago – that’s always), so I can’t wait to see what it’s like! Plus, the scenery should be awesome running though the country.
I’m not saying this is ALL my races – clearly, we’ve only made it until May here – plus, I may throw in a few smaller races in between these when they pop up, but this is the basic structure of my spring. If you want to suggest a race for me to run (basically only in Iowa, unless you’re willing to pay for me to go there), feel free! While I’m at it, if you happen to want to sponsor any of these races, please let me know and we’ll talk.
What are you running this year? Anything I’ve listed here?