Planning

As of May 30th, I will only need 10 more races to complete my 30 runs before 30 challenge that I tasked myself with. This doesn’t seem real to me! I expected things to be a bit more down to the wire. Running really does teach you to plan things out ahead of time.

With there being only a handful more races, I’m trying to debate which ones I’m going to do as well as space them out a bit. Since I’m beginning my marathon training officially in June, I’ve been trying to figure out what races will assist with some of my long runs. This is super helpful as it accomplishes two things at once! I can also budget my runs out a bit more as well as find weekends to just relax. I’m looking forward to relaxing.

So far I’ve got a handful of races that I’m eyeing in June. A local Cleveland half in August. And two races in July that count for my running club’s Grand Prix. I do want to fit in a summer tail race because the last ones I’ve completed have been a blast. We shall see when I get sent out again for fieldwork and what I sign up for now.

Race 19: Round up the Family 5k

I was in West Virginia/Virginia starting May 16th. Estimated return date was the 20th. We didn’t think we had too much to do and could easily breeze through what our tasks were. Well, things weren’t quite so easy, as per usual! Ended up staying until May 23rd to get everything finished.

That meant I was in Virginia over the weekend. The weather was in the high 80s to 90s most of the week, but was cooler over the weekend. I had been a bit bummed that I was missing running a race back home, so my coworker offered to run a race with me. I was a bit hesitant, not sure if we could find anything around rural Virginia. Somehow we managed to find the Round up the Family 5k in Henrico, VA. Henrico? Yeah… it’s a suburb of Richmond. Super nice little area!

The race itself was only in its second year, which was okay. Some things weren’t quite as polished as I’m used to, like the trail markings, but everything worked out. And yes, you read that right, trail markings, this was a trail race! Not nearly as exciting as the Dirty Love that I ran in February, but a very nice, very shady course with tons of hills! I immensely enjoyed myself.

Took things slow with being in the field all week pulling 10 plus hour days (most of them were about 12 hours of fun). Ran the entire thing in about 34 minutes, not too bad dealing with the change in weather and not having run at all the week prior to it!

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There surprisingly wasn’t a shirt to go along with this race! Though I’m quite grateful for that now. We got a lovely medal along with a medium drinking cup and hand sanitizer. Was super glad for the hand sanitizer, not going to lie. It’s a great thing to have when you’re sweating our all your water and need to eat lunch.

Race 18: Run for Hunger 5k

I had meant to get this posted on Wednesday, but I only got back from fieldwork on Tuesday (the trip got a bit extended) and had to work the following day. I’m still trying to destress from all the crazy travel, but that’s normal.

So race 18 was a 5k with my work. It started at the Science Center with pre race music and fun. I’m not much of one for pre race festivities. I know I’ve got so many miles to run before I get back to the finish and have a few moments of feeling like shit before I hit the post race food. So against trying to delay that with distractions.

My work did raise about $600 for charity, which was great! Makes running the 3.1 miles feel a lot more worth it knowing more than your entry fee is going to the race charity. Very grateful that coworkers chipped in and we had a few others who walked or ran it. Made this a lot more fun for me knowing there were people to meet up with at the end. I started the race off pacing with a coworker and his wife, ultimately they were a bit too fast for me so I let them go on their merry way.

The course wasn’t too bad. I’m not a huge fan of running in downtown Cleveland; there aren’t many trees… But this was pretty for a course! Definitely felt fast. That was even with a few fantastic uphills (beginning AND end of the race). I ended up finishing in 33 minutes and 30 seconds. Not my best time, but pretty good for this season.

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Race 17: Riverside Cares 5k

I ran race 17 two days after race 16. The Cinco dey Mayo 5k was on a Thursday. Riverside Cares was on a Saturday morning at 8.30a (my preferred time to race since I can easily justify a nap when I return home). It was also day three of the fantastic rain and chilly. About mid 40s with a nice steady pitter patter of rain. Not awful, but certainly not the best morning for a run. It seemingly kept a decent number of people way, though there was at least one other race the same morning.

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There and Back Again

The epic story of my continuous return to West Virginia, the state I’m beginning to hate with a burning passion… Looks like this week is another week I’m out in the field due to work. Not sure how long I’ll be there or what the details of my trip are, as of Monday… Bit frustrating when work can’t give you all the details you need to know a few days before you go out.

My major issue is that this unorganized shoving me out in the field means I have to really quickly adjust my running schedule. I normally don’t run when I’m in the field because the days are long (10+ hours) and I’m in unfamiliar territory without sidewalks. I am hoping this round allows me to get at least one run in, maybe some speedwork, but we shall see. Work is always the adventure!

Race 15: Sap Run

Half way there folks!! I can’t quite believe it! Would have loved to get a few more runs in during February and March but I am NOT a lover of cold weather and wind while running. Going out for a run is a lot different than doing a race and standing outside for 10-15 minutes before the gun goes off…

Anyway, 15th run. This was the week after my Dark Side Challenge. I know that sounds crazy, especially since this was a 5 miler. Yes 5 miles, not a 5k. I waited until after I got back from Florida to make the decision if I was going to do this race or not. Part of that was because I wanted to see how my knees held up after the Challenge, the other part was the weather (never know during spring!).

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Race 14: Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon

The wonderful thing about the Disney races is that they let you run multiple races in a weekend (for a steep price, but we won’t discuss that…). This is really helpful when you’re trying to reach a goal of running a certain number of races in a year, like say 30… After my 10k I took a well deserved nap, went to Magic Kingdom, and then went to bed early so I could yet again wake up at 3 am.

The morning of the half marathon felt MUCH warmer and more humid than the previous day. Like Mother Nature was taunting us…

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Race 13: Star Wars Dark Side 10k

It took me a week to unwind from this race and then I had a few other things in my personal life that kept me pretty distracted (including one hell of a performance review at work, but I’m not going down that rabbit hole).

This race and the half marathon were races I planned to do back in January. Tickets were quickly purchased and travel plans made after I finished the Light Side’s Rebel Challenge. The experience of these races are somewhat addictive. No other race I have yet to run has most of the people out in costume with photo ops on the course and clips from associated movies!

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