Last week I briefly hinted about what kind of running I would be doing this year, and now, I’m finally ready to announce what I’ll be doing!
And I’ve got some really big ones!
April 25: Get In Gear 10K — I did this race last spring just after we moved to Minneapolis. It’s a really nice run up and down the Minneapolis and St. Paul sides of the Mississippi River. Last year the weather was pretty good, and since spring arrived pretty early (aside from this brief interlude of snow), I’m crossing my fingers it will be another nice run. I thought about signing up for the half marathon, but I just knew I wouldn’t be ready for it since I didn’t run much over the winter. But the 10K is something that’s pretty easy for me to train for at this point, so I’m not too worried about it!
July 4: Red, White and Boom Half Marathon — I’m sort of still on the fence about this but I’m 90% sure I will run this half marathon, namely because it starts and stops a mile away from my house! Last year’s course actually went by our house (although we weren’t living here at the time). The course is supposed to change because of some construction in another part of our neighborhood, but it will still mainly be here in Northeast Minneapolis so it’s very convenient. It’s probably going to be a really hot race, but that might be a good thing for me to run in because of this next race…
August 14-15: Ragnar Great River — That’s right! I’m doing a Ragnar!! Woohoo!! What’s a Ragnar, you might ask? Well it’s 200+ mile relay race involving a team of either 6 or 12 (12 in our case). It takes about 36 hours to complete, so you’re up all night traveling and running with your team. I will be running — and fundraising — on behalf of the JDRF, which is the leading organization fighting to cure type 1 diabetes (which I’ve had for 21 years, in case you forgot). There are a few others PWDs on the team as well, but most of the runners that I met at tonight’s kick-off are either a family member of someone with diabetes, or they are friends of someone with a connection to diabetes.
October 4 -- Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon — I AM DOING IT!! Since I’ll be training all the way up to mid-August for the Ragnar, I figured why not put in another six weeks of training and do the TC Marathon while I’m at it?! Haha. Again, this will be a pretty convenient race since the start line is about three miles from our house (we picked a great running neighborhood). It’s supposed to be one of the best marathons in the country too and just about everyone in Minneapolis has done it so I know I will get a lot of good advice!
I might also run the Torchlight 5K in July and the Victory 10K or 5K (since I did so badly last year), but those are my main big races for the year. I think it’s plenty! I probably won’t have any money leftover to run anything smaller this year, but I’m really excited to get out there and run run run!
Any advice as I tackle my first Ragnar and marathon?!