Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October = Racing

It is hard for me to believe that it is already October first tomorrow, but by the temperature this morning it is quite apparent. Today was the first fleece hat run day for me. Topaz and I left our driveway at 430 AM this morning to a beautiful sparkling sky full of stars. Before I turned on my headlamp I gazed at all of the different formations that I could recall. What an awesome morning.

It was brisk! The digital thermometer I have in my kitchen showed my a cold 33F. I switched out my inov8 hat for my fleece and I was glad that I did. Long sleeves and pants for the first time as well.

October brings a full race calendar for me. This Sunday is Twin Cities Marathon. I am looking forward to it very much. It is the only marathon I usually enter each year, other than the Northwoods Snowshoe Marathon in January. I like to support the local marathon by entering it each year. I don't really have a time goal. I've changed my thoughts since the last time I posted. I have been having such great track workouts that I thought I should go for a 330 or 335 but TCM really isn't a goal race for me, it is more of a support the local running community race and a fun run. I'm going to run hills on Saturday, as Javelina Jundred is only a few weeks out. I can use some more hill training. I imagine I'll have tired legs on Sunday due to the hills, which will be good training for the 100 mile race on the 31st!

October 17 brings the Wild Duluth 50K and 100K. This race is on the Superior Hiking Trail, a section that runs through Duluth. I haven't run this part in its entirety so I am really looking forward to the race. Because the race begins/ends in Duluth I don't need to spend a night, take vacation time or anything else. A nice drive up north in the early morning, a nice run and a drive back home before evening. No problem. No time goal for this either..just a nice long run in preparation for Javelina.

October 31 brings Javelina Jundred 100 Mile Halloween Party! I love this race. Held in beautiful Scottsdale Arizona, I can't wait to go back. 80 degrees, sun, fabulous! At this point I'm going to try PRing at 100 mile distance. I may change my mind, but I'm thinking a 22:35 would do nicely.

I'll be coming home November 1...then I suppose winter begins. I may plan a trip to TX in February for Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile Trail Run. I think I may need something to look forward to in the dead of the winter.


Helen said...

Good Luck at TCM! sounds like a great plan for October. Beautiful month for running - but yes the heat of AZ will be welcome I'm sure.

Rocky Racoon... I might have to look into that one myself seeing as I'm missing my 100 miler this year... I think there's also a 50M somewhere in TX in Jan that looked good.

Kel said...

Have a great run at TCM!

SteveQ said...

Javelina and Rocky Raccoon (esp. the latter) are record courses. Javelina will be like Lean Horse with the heat, but with fewer hills and RR has as many hills as a parking lot. See ya Sunday - somewhere around 20-21 miles.

Anonymous said...

I wish you would rest Saturday and see what marathon time you can put up on Sunday. I know I'm just being selfish and rooting for you to pop a fast one, but given your training it would be fun to see!


Unknown said...

I would love to have some specific "recipes" or more input on how you feed your kids. I have two teenagers at home 19 and 16 (and on is a football player). I have a hard time keeping up with their appetites and gauging how much food I need. I am a vegetarian and they are big meat eaters, so I fix for them and then fend for myself. Any input would be helpful. Good luck this weekend!

Unknown said...

Good luck at TCM. I am glad you found some racing love again. Enjoy the training run (marathon) and hills.

SteveQ said...

I missed you at TCM! You must've been in a pack and I must've been cheering for someone else.