|September 30, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
I feel extreme envy when I wake up on a Saturday morning and see a stream of tweets take over my laptop, broadcasting the fact that everyone and their mother is off to the races for the day. While some people may dread the idea of a 4am wake up call on a weekend morning, I live for the excitement of waking up before dawn to start my race day routine and head out the door for a healthy dose of adrenaline.
Last weekend was especially difficult to sit idly by while my girl Ali dominated the asphalt out of her first marathon. While I was super excited for her to be racing, I was also a little tempted to drive to the Hamptons, knock the girl out and steal her bib to relive my first big M.
No amount of exercise last weekend could calm my overwhelming desire to be at a race, ANY race, which led me to make a very important decision: I’m declaring this next month RACEtober. Super original, I know.
See, October happens to be my birth month. And while I’m not usually the type of girl to throw lavish celebrations to mark my birthday, I think a race-filled month is the perfect way to ease the pain of turning one year closer to entering the dreadfully more competitive 30-34 age group.
To properly celebrate RACEtober, I’m going to attempt to participate in a race every weekend (please note the very intentional use of the word participate instead of race.) I’ll use each race as one of my workouts of the week, depending on what I still need to accomplish by race day. Some will be tempos, others run at marathon goal pace and some might be fun and easy recovery runs.
To kick off RACEtober, I’m heading to the Run for the Parks 10k on Sunday morning.
And I’m bringing my dear friend and former roommate with me.
Tris was the best roommate ever back when we both lived in Burlington, Vermont and I was training for my first marathon. Though he had zero races on his calendar, he spent every weekend doing every mile of my long runs with me so I had company for the hours of time I spent pounding pavement. And as if that wasn’t enough to win him Roommate of the Century, he spent the evening before our long runs cooking me something carbtastic and delicious. I KNOW.
I haven’t formulated a plan for Sunday’s race yet, as I’m running 18+ miles tomorrow, and I think I’ll see how my legs feel after that destruction before setting any killer goals for the 10k.
Happy Racetober to everyone! I hope you all have race-filled weekends to appropriately celebrate!