This is the reason I'll be running three half marathons in the next nine weeks:
- Wicked Half Marathon on Sept 20th in Salem, MA. With my buddy, Steve.
- Smuttynose Half Marathon on Oct 5th in Hampton, NH. With my friend, Brenda.
- Baystate Half Marathon on Oct 19th in Lowell, MA. With my girl, Lauren.
They all seem to fit well into my training schedule so the question is not, "Why run them?" The question is, "Why not?" Another race that fits right into my schedule is the Cape Ann 25K. I wasn't going to run it, but after thinking about it, I decided it would be easier for me to commit to 15.59mi with all the other runners doing the race, than to try to grit my teeth and gut it out on my own - I tried that last week and ended up running 10mi and walking 5mi. Not good. The race is on Monday in Gloucester with many, many hills. I've run it twice before, the last time setting a PR on the course by 12 minutes. I expect no such thing this year, I'd just like to finish!
And finally, the last race of the year will obviously be the NYC Marathon on Nov 2nd. I am giddy just thinking about this race! Two friends are running it as well, and plenty more are hoping to be at the finish line. This race is 5years in the making, so let's all hope and pray I get to the starting line healthy and happy!
If you're keeping track, that's five races in nine weeks. Ambitious, yes. Exhausting, yes. Do-able, yes.