Saturday, September 02, 2006

Races as Training

I wanted at least one opportunity to combined a long run with a race before the Maine 1/2 Marathon with Cathy on October 1st.

So I just signed up for the Navy 5 Miler on Sunday, September 24th.

The event is the weekend before the Maine 1/2 Marathon and it is at West Potomac Park, a very familiar race spot for those of us who do 5K, 10K, 10 Milers and Marathons in the NOVA/DC region. The park is FLAT FLAT FLAT and run along the Potomac River and past The Awakening (which some of you may have seen in some of the latest Nike Ads in Runner's World). It's a good time to test my legs at half the Maine 1/2 Marathon distance and settle into the pace that Cathy and I plan to run together at.

After having found this race, I started looking at races where I could use the Champion Chip that Kerry gave me for my birthday this year and I found two races that worked with my schedule and don't interfere with my Saturday morning Pilates/Power Yoga classes. So I went ahead and registered for those too!

The first raceis a 10K in the same location as the Navy 5 Miler at Haines Point: Veterans Day 10K on November 11th.

The second race is another 10K, same location, a month later: Jingle All the Way 10K that I did with Kerry last year. For this race I will be gunning for a 10K PR!

That should keep me moving through the fall and give my champion chip a good workout, don't you think?

If you local (Kerry, ,Nancy, Caroline M., *Jeanne*, Ellie), wanna come and race with me?


nancytoby said...

Oooh, this looks like a good new one, but I doubt that I'll be able to get back across the bridge for it... Hmmm.... I hate to miss it!

*jeanne* said...

I did the Inaugural Navy 5-Miler - it was in Anacostia Park that first year. Trouble with the wording on the permit (so they did not PERMIT us to run the course as it was measured and marked out) turned it into a Navy 2.94-miler. That year, they ran it on the actual Navy birthday, which was a Wednesday. Now it is held on a Sunday, which conflicts with the BWI Airport 4-Miler, benefiting children with Down's Syndrome & their families. I LOVE the 4-miler, so I can't do Navy Birthday.

But otherwise, I'd love to run it with you. What good races you have coming up!!!