What's Next

For the first time in two years, I have no races on my schedule. It’s kinda strange. I almost don’t know what to do with myself. Normally I’d do a long run this weekend, but no race means I technically don’t have to ever run again, right? What am I going to do for fun now?

It is. It’s so fun.

If I had made that PR last weekend, I would be done racing until next season (October-ish). And even though I didn’t PR, it was still an amazing enough race to end the season with. But of course, I can’t just let this race season go out on a high point. I have to chance a potentially sucky race just to see if I can PR. Why do I do this to myself?

Here are the races I’m considering.

Orlando Xtreme Half Marathon – February 9

This is a small, trail race but I hear the trail is a packed dirt road. They call this race “easy on the knees.” Unless I’m driving it, that race is not going to be easy on the knees. Anyway, since I trip on my own shadow, I might be able to handle a packed dirt road. Also, this one is in Christmas (that’s the town) which is only about a half hour from Orlando.

Gasparilla Half Marathon – February 24

I love this race and have ran it the past two years but it’s in Tampa, which requires a hotel room (that I won’t want to stay in alone) or a 2:00am wake-up to make the two hour drive there. I’ve done that before but it’s not my favorite.

Swamp House Half Marathon – March 3

This is a local race in DeBary (about 40 minutes away from Orlando) that my running group is doing. A bunch of them ran it last year and liked it. It’s cheap (I like cheap) and I don’t need a hotel for it. The only con is that it’s the day after my wedding anniversary and I’m sure hubs won’t love me going to bed early and worrying about a good poop all day.

Sarasota Half Marathon – March 17

My PR was at this race two years ago, so I kinda want redemption. The race was pushed back a week which worries me because the later it gets in March, the hotter it gets in Florida. The first year I ran it had perfect, cold weather and last year was too warm. I’ll need a hotel for this one too and the closest one to the race has very thin walls. < — that wasn’t fun last year

Once I figure out what I’m running next, I’ll need to fill up my fall race schedule too. You hear that, Michelle?


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22 responses to “What's Next

  1. Connie

    Pick SRQ 🙂

  2. Hmmmm… I hadn’t heard of that Extreme one. Trail running sounds fun! I might be down for the 10K portion of it. I’d totally do Gasparilla with you (not the half, obvs). I’ve heard so many fun things about it but I’ll be in Syracuse that weekend with all my college friends.

    It’s so funny Swamp House does a half. I don’t know if you remember a year or so ago I randomly got invited to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Orange City and it came with a dining certificate for Swamp House. We had SO much fun there and always talk about going back, especially with visitors. I wish they had a 10 or 15K with it.

  3. I am so hooked on “Don’t Trust the B”. I love The Beek as himself. I know this post was about races, but I’m easily distracted.

  4. Michelle

    I vote gaspirilla because it appears to be pirate themed and that makes me want to come to Florida and run it! So you should run it instead!

  5. I don’t have a race scheduled until April and it’s glorious. Then again, I’m also kind of lost right now. #neverhappy
    Is Chicago still on your fall schedule? Please please?

    • Paula

      That will probably be my 2014 race instead of 2013 so Michelle can do it too. She doesn’t think she’ll have enough time after her next baby to heal and then train properly.

  6. Registration for the Chicago Marathon opens in February. I’ll be waiting for you here.

  7. I think you should come to Calgary and run the marathon with me…..come on, you know you wanna 🙂 Plus you’d have a free place to stay, get to see a new city and of course spend time with me 🙂

    • Paula

      Ok, you just freaked me out for a second. I thought you were running a full and I had to go back through your blog to make sure I didn’t miss something. Hee! What’s the weather like there in May?

  8. K

    I’ve wanted to do trail runs – I may try one of the shorter distances with that Xtreme one.
    And, I could consider a short distance for Gasparilla, but the 5 & 15Ks are on Sat, the 1/2 in on Sun, and the 8K starts on Sun 3 hrs after the 1/2 starts, so none of that would coincide with you. Unless you want to do the 8K with me after your 1/2? 🙂 They sure do have lots of confusing options and rules.

    • Paula

      It’s so hard to decide. And Gasparilla does have confusing options! That 8k at Gasparilla can get hot too since it starts so late. But running a half beforehand would definitely ensure I run/walk it! I think you get a medal for each of the races too.

  9. I vote A1A half in Ft Lauderdale (I’m probably doing it as long as there’s nothing seriously wrong with my hamstring :D)

    But… out of the ones you listed I say go do teh one you PR’d at, I mean, I’m an auditor so for me if I wanted to PR I’d try to avoid as much unpredictability as possible. Go where you know!

    • Paula

      I looked up A1A! Ft. Lauderdale is a little too far for me. I can handle a 2 hour car drive but after that I get antsy. Good advice, tho! Sarasota is a beautiful race. I’ve come close at Gasparilla and know that course really well too. 🙂

  10. Well, you know my opinion. DO ALL OF THEM! 🙂 🙂

    I have definitely started researching for fall races. I’m thinking the first one back (for me) is Miracle Miles in September. I know that’s early for you – but that’s probably the longest I’ll be able to go at that point.

    • Paula

      Haha, that should burn me out for the season. I think I’ve scratched Swamp House off my list. Not much closer to deciding on the others. I’ll run Miracle Miles with you…if there’s a cool front. So I’ll register last minute. 🙂

  11. If I lived in FL Id totally pick Gasparillia ONLY because the medal says something about running for booty. Heh.

  12. I’ve been thinking about Gasparilla but haven’t bit the bullet and registered for the same reasons you have. I’m in Orlando though so if you go with that I’m willing to carpool and/or share a hotel. 🙂

    • Paula

      I actually registered for Gasparilla yesterday. I also reserved a hotel in walking distance from the start. Are you going to the blogger dinner on Thursday? We can chat about it then. 🙂

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