With the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon just less than week away, I am starting to wonder what’s next in terms of my running.
I’m thinking of lining up a few 5K and 10K races over the summer with the ultimate plan of maintaining my level of running fitness so I can do another Half Marathon this fall – AND train enough to reach my goal of a sub 2 hour half!
So, with that in mind, I started poking around the Internet looking for some races in my area. Here’s what I came up with…
June 3 – Mud Run Canada’s Dirtiest 5/10K – I’ve done this run in the past, it’s super fun and non-competitive. Not exactly sure I will be up for running a week after running the half, but if I am, this is definitely the one to get me back at it!
Here is a picture of my friends and I after doing the Mud Run a few years ago.
June 23 – Toronto Pearson Runway Run – looks pretty cool…it’s a 5K run down the airport runway…neat!
August 25 – Toronto Women’s 5K/10K – the second of three races in the Toronto Women’s Runs Series.
September 8 – Energizer Night Race Toronto – a 5K or 10K race through Sunnybrook Park as the sun is setting! I’ve never done a night race before, this might be pretty cool!
September 22 – Oasis Zoo Run – a 5K/10K race through the Toronto Zoo – I’ve wanted to do this run for a while, but something has always come up…hopefully this year is my year!
October 27 – Toronto Women’s 5K/8K – the final run in the Toronto Women’s Runs series…do all 3 and you get a special something!
Half Marathon options for this fall are:
October 7 – Ottawa Fall Colours (Half) Marathon – I’ve only ever done spring runs in Ottawa, and every year it just kept getting hotter and hotter! A fall run along the canal would probably be quite pretty! Unfortunately, I think this is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, so we’ll have to see!
October 14 – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront (Half) Marathon – I actually did this full marathon in 2007 – the first half of the race was awesome…maybe I should try it again, this time only doing the half!
October 22 – The Niagara Falls International (Half) Marathon – This run starts in Niagara Falls, NY and finishes in Niagara Falls, Ontario which is pretty cool! I’ve also heard this is a flat and fast course…sounds good to me!
Ultimately, I want to keep up with my running. I’d like to continue to run three times a week, with my long runs being about 10K. I want to keep it fun and easy so that I’m still wanting to run when the late summer training schedule starts up in preparation for the fall marathon season. I would like to do 1, maybe 2, races a month to keep me on track and motivated.
I am also considering joining a running clinic at my local running room – hopefully my sister will join too! My friend Kathy has really enjoyed the clinics she has taken and met a great group of people. I think it would be awesome to have a group to run with and something to hold me accountable…The problem will be finding a sitter to guarantee I can make the clinic nights and group runs…maybe my nephew would be interested in earning a few bucks…hint, hint!
What are your race plans over the summer?
Any great races you would suggest doing?