Sunday, November 6, 2011

Let’s Talk About: Looking Ahead {Race Ideas for 2012}

Fall is here!  Well, its been here for a while but the temps have finally really changed and the rain has arrived.  Even though I really don’t like to be cold fall is my favorite time of year.  Its perfect running weather.  Oh, running.  I miss you.  I laid in bed yesterday, watching several hours of TV, while the husband and our running buddy Kat were tackling 22 miles for CIM training {our other running buddy, Rene, is also nursing an injury and missed the run too}.  I haven’t run since the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon last Sunday.  I’m still having pain when walking and severe pressure in my lower leg when I put significant weight on it.  I go back to the sports doc again tomorrow. 

However, I’m doing my best to try to remain hopeful that I’ll be back to running sooner rather than later.  And before its too late for the last of my races for 2011 {a 5k in two weeks, a 10k in 2.5 weeks, and the CIM in 4 weeks}.  I don’t want to miss any of these races and I’m 100% okay with walking both the 5k and 10k … but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be completely devastated if I miss CIM.  It’s been my “A” race goal for the whole year!  But, for now, I don’t want to think of missing it … I’m going to focus on getting better and tackling each day as it comes. 

One thing that is actually helping me remain hopeful is thinking about next year and what races I’d like to run.

Ideally I’d like to remain in half marathon shape long term.  I really enjoy the half marathon distance and the early morning Saturday long runs and our favorite place to run, around Lake Natoma, is about 11 miles long so that makes it easier to keep the mileage up and to remain half marathon ready at any time.  So I keep telling myself that resting now is only going to help me keep my goals for the future and long term. 

Some races I’m considering for  Winter/Spring/Summer 2012:

Frost or Fog Quarter Marathon – 01.14.12 – Chico, CA

We’ll be in the area the weekend of this race for my mom’s birthday so I thought it would be fun to do a new race distance, the “quarter marathon” {6.22 --- just a tad more than a 10k}. 

Shamrock’n Half Marathon – 03.11.12 – Sacramento, CA

This was my first half marathon back in 2010 and I missed it this year due to my severe shin splints that had me sidelined for a few weeks.  I’m looking forward to running it next year!

River City Half Marathon – 03.25.12 – Sacramento, CA

I don’t know what caught my eye about this race other than its local and I have never ran it before so its on my radar for next year but I’m still undecided.

*If I run these two half marathons {Shamrock’n and River City} then I would be eligible for Half Fanatics!

Elk Grove Inaugural Half Marathon – 04.01.12 – Elk Grove, CA

There is not a lot of info available about this race yet as it is still in the early stages of planning but I’ll definitely be there!!!

Big Sur 10.6 Race – 04.29.12 – Big Sur, CA

The husband will be running the Big Sur Marathon so I signed up to do the 10.6 race.  You get bussed out to the 16 mile marker on the marathon course and get to run to the marathon finish.  We’ve got a few friends that also will be running the marathon and some doing the 10.6 also.  The Big Sur full is my goal for 2013 :)

The San Francisco Marathon – 07.29.12 – San Francisco, CA

The husband will be running this with me and I’m so very excited for this race :)


I haven’t thought much about fall 2012 yet.  We’ve talked about running CIM again {we LOVE it} and Run to Feed the Hungry {its tradition for us now}.  We will also run all four of the 2012 Elk Grove 5k Fun Run’s put on by The Running Zone {just like we did in 2010 and are doing this year}.  I’d like to also do a destination half marathon in the fall of 2012 but I’m not sure when or where … I think we’ll just have to wait and see how the first half of 2012 unfolds first. 

What races are you looking forward to in 2012?  What does the rest of the fall race season look like for you in 2011? 


Maureen said...

Have you thought about Chicago? ;) It's interesting to read through your race schedule. Some of those halfs sound like fun! My spring race is Seattle Rock n' Roll on 6/23 and then I hope to run Chicago on 10/7!

Re Injury: I'm crossing my fingers for you! Just keep doing what you're doing and hopefully, I'll see you at the start! Is your doc hopeful about CIM?

giraffy said...

I didn't realize Big Sur had a 10-mile option!! That sounds fantastic...

Fingers crossed for you - listen to your doc, and take it easy!!

Laura said...

I hope you are running pain free in no time, I know how I felt waiting to see the doc and it's no fun!

I have just started looking at 2012 races since I'm finally back to running, but I am going to have to do my research and try to convince the man-friends to travel for some races :) You seems like live close to some awesome races, I'm jealous!