I just finished my first official race by running the Las Vegas Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon this last Sunday and suddenly I am talking about my race schedule. I guess I caught more than just a running bug. I’ve been running for years, but never entered a race and the race and training experience has changed my mind a little bit. So, I signed up for two more races for this year. One is not really a race, but I guess doing an official Turkey Trot counts. It actually really counts because we do it as a family and my 8 year old son is totally excited that he will get a race chip and that the time counts.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 – Highlands Ranch Turkey Day 5K
This is the 10th annual Turkey Day 5K here in Highlands Ranch, Colorado where I live. The local Chamber of Commerce is the organization which organizes the race. It’s a fun event for the entire family and this year is the very first we signed up for it. As mentioned, my 8 year old son is totally excited and asks me every night to go for a training run with him. He has covered the distance before, but we always had a few breaks in between and now “the race is on”. I am interested to see what that will do for his motivation. I am also very excited to do this as a family. In the past our sport and fitness efforts were usually different based on interest and fitness level and now we are trying this as a family. This is a topic that came up during my training for the marathon and I am very happy actually that I am motivating my family to become more involved in the sport of running.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 – Fa La La 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
This is another local race and it is about 45 minutes away from where I live. I signed up for the Half Marathon distance. The race event itself seems to exist for a bit already, but 2013 is the first time they added a 10K and Half Marathon distance. I found this race event by accident and after reading up about the organization behind it and about the race event I decided to sign up. For one the race is local and second the company behind makes a great impression. Their philosophy is to organize great races and to maintain a family style atmosphere at the same time. They do not want to compete with the big races like a Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon – that is simply not their goal. They want a friendly and personal feel for their races. The company behind (All Multi-Sports Productions) is a for-profit company, but they also make a big effort to support charities. As mentioned I like how the race seems to be organized and so I decided to sign up. Since I just got out training for a full marathon (even with some sickness included) I feel this will be a great event to finish 2013 on a high note. I did a lot of fitness stuff this year and I have been really enjoying myself doing so.
The same company/organization who organizes the Fa La La race event has a whole series of local races planned for early 2014 and if the December race is fun and well organized I might sign up for additional races. I am also thinking about doing another marathon since I did not get to go for the four hour marker this time due to being side-lined with a bad cold and an ear infection two weeks before the race. There is a marathon in early May here in Denver (Colfax Marathon) and that could be something I will do. All the smaller races in between would keep me well-trained and make it easier to start another training series for a marathon.
We will see. For now I have these two events planned for and then I will decide what other events I might go for. There are actually a ton of races in Colorado during the spring and summer and I am sure I can stay busy locally before aiming at one of the larger events in the nation. I am not Boston material at this point, but there are quite a few iconic marathon races in many different parts of the country that I could decide to go for.