Fall race season is the best time of year. It’s probably because fall is my favorite season, but there’s something about the cool, crisp air at the start of a race that gets me pumped up for the miles ahead. This year my race season looks a bit different than years’ past-more triathlons than running races. That is subject to change, as I’m still trying to decide if I want to do a turkey trot this year or not or throw another 10K on the schedule in December.
First up is the Outer Banks Olympic Triathlon on September 17th. This will be my second race at this distance (1500 meter swim, 24.5 mile bike, 10K run). Originally, this was my ‘A’ race for the year, but that has changed over the past couple of months, I know I can do the distance but my training has been derailed a bit and I don’t think I’m as prepared as I should be. My plan is to “finish and have fun” and enjoy a weekend at the beach.
The week after OBX is the Giant Acorn Olympic Triathlon at Lake Anna State Park (Virginia). This was always going to be a “have fun and finish” kind of race, and I still have that in mind.
The focus then shifts to running for the next two races. I usually do the Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach at the end of October, but I will be in Northern Virginia that weekend so I decided to sign up for the MCM 10K (October 30th). This will be my first time running this race.
In November I’m making my return to the half marathon for the first time since 2012 at the Richmond Half on November 12th. I’m so excited for this, it’s one of my favorite races in one of my favorite cities. No goal time (yet) for this race, I just want to finish it strong and injury free.
My last race of the season (and likely last race of 2016) is the Key West Olympic Triathlon on December 3rd. We were already planning to be in Florida to visit family around Thanksgiving, so what’s driving another few hours? This is definitely a racecation, as we plan to visit some National Parks while we’re there and spend some time just relaxing on the beach.
What are your fall race plans?