Fall is my favorite time of year to run races. Why? Because you get to train and do most of the running in the summer which means nice, warm weather. I ran my first half marathon in October of 2014 and really enjoyed the whole training season, running outdoors and using runs as a way to enjoy the really nice weather.
This fall I have a lot of exciting races lined up….more than I ever have before (considering this running thing is still new to me). I am kicking off ‘racing season’ this weekend! I cannot wait. Running the races make all the training runs worth it.
Ventura Half Marathon!!!
When: September 13th (this Sunday!)
Where: beautiful Ventura which is about 1.5 hours north of L.A. in Southern California
Why I’m Excited: This is my first official California race as well as my first race repine’ BibRave! I cannot wait to run with the palm trees and be back in my college stomping grounds. I am a little nervous because my training had a few bumps in it, but over all I am excited and ready to rock this race with all some of my SoCal running/blogging friends!
Rock & Roll 1/2 Marathon – Merida
When: October 31st
Where: Merida, Mexico!
Why I’m Excited: So many reasons!! First of all, Merida is ~2.5 hours from Cancun, hello beaches! Secondly, I have always wanted to run a race in Mexico. Third, this run is at night and I have never done a night run before. And last, but not least, there is a huge Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico that is on November 1st; this race will be part of that celebration in Merida.
12Ks of Christmas
When: December 20th
Where: Kirkland, WA
Why I’m Excited: This race is a unique distance & I love Christmas! I wanted to run this race last year but I wasn’t in town.
2016 — Glass Slipper Challenge
When: February 2016
Where: Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
Why I’m Excited: I freakin’ LOVE Disney princesses (Cinderella is my favorite)!! This is my first ever Disney run and will be my first time going to Disney World! The glass slipper challenge is running the 10K on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday…bring it on!
There is one other race I have my eye on, but I am still on the fence about… the Seattle 1/2 Marathon. It is Thanksgiving weekend. The course is beautiful, but the weather not so much. It depends on the year, this last year it was dry so it can go either way. I was spying that race last year after finishing the Portland 1/2 Marathon in October, I was like why not?! I chickened out though and decided to take a break. Well…this year may be the year. We will see.
What do you think? Should I run Seattle 1/2 Marathon??
Will I run more races than this? I hope I do! These are the big ones on the books so far 🙂 It’s so crazy to think how much I have fallen in love with running and racing. I think it’s the races that I really love 🙂
I am so excited about this race schedule, like I said it’s more than I have ever run before! This also means that I won’t have a ‘running off-season’ in the winter, meaning I will have to continue running and training thru the nasty wind and rain here in the PNW. Last year I went on some casual runs on nice days, but that was it. I am not too excited about winter running, but it will be a new experience for me and I might end up loving it.
Are you a runner?
Running any race this fall/winter?
Will you be running any of these races?!
p.s. if you are a runner, download my race checklist here — it’s everything you will need for race day!