Where to find us in 2015!
As many of you know, my husband, Al, and I love to run and, more importantly, race. I love everything about a race – from the starting line to the runners to the food to the swag bags to the pre- and post-race parties to the expos to the music to the everything. There’s just something about that race day atmosphere. It’s kind of hard to describe unless you’ve experienced it, but there’s something special in the air at racing events. I just LOVE races. And of course, I especially love crossing that finish line. There’s nothing better or more rewarding. It’s truly magical. (Well, most of the time it is!)
I know I am definitely not the fastest runner, nor am I the best runner. I know I will never win any races. I may win in my age group – or at least take second or third place – but I will never cross the finish line first. Last? Yes, as a matter fact, I have. And will I again? Probably. But it really doesn’t matter what kind of runner I am. I run. I race. Period. It’s so satisfying, fulfilling, if you will. All of your hard work leading up to a race culminates as the gun (or whatever is used) goes off and you take that first step toward the starting line, heart pounding, palms sweating, excitement surrounding you. And when you cross that finish line, oh man, there truly are no words. It’s just, I don’t know, almost euphoric.
I have to say, I am looking forward to racing in 2015. We’ve ran a couple of races already and have many more to look forward to. My running/racing goals this year? I would LOVE to run three half-marathons and I would like to run a total of 33 races. This would put my hubby and I at a grand total of 150 races since we began our running/racing adventure. We have one half-marathon already booked, one we will book in the next couple of days and one more we are looking for.
I spent much of my afternoon researching and planning for our 2015 season! Each year, I keep track of all our races and our times. We love to look back and see if we’ve improved or not. And, it helps for planning purposes for the next year to see what races we’ve done and if we want to do them again – meaning, do they fit into our schedule. When planning for races, we have to keep in mind my husband’s schedule for work, as he has to be on “scanner duty,” which means he can’t leave the county we live in. He is a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer and being on scanner duty means he listens to the police/sheriff scanner and if something big breaks, he has to go to the scene. In addition, being on scanner duty means a weekend assignment, which is typically taking a picture of some event or something happening over the weekend.
There’s kind of a lot that goes into planning our race season, but I love it. Which is a good thing, because I don’t think my hubby does!
One of my readers, Mandy, recently asked if I would post about our upcoming races. So, here’s a look at the races we are already signed up for and the races we would like to do. At the end, I will include some of the racing websites I use for finding races.
NOTE: The * means we have either already completed the race or we are already registered for it. All races are in Minnesota unless indicated by the state. On May 2, there are three races and I am guessing we will end up doing two of them – not for sure which two.
January 10 – Fargo Marathon Kickoff 10K – Fargo, ND*
February 14 – Valentine’s Day TC 5K – Twin Cities*
March 7 – TC Hot Dash 10-mile – Twin Cities*
March 14 – Get Lucky 7K – Twin Cities*
April 11 – Fred Kurtz 10-mile – Twin Cities
April 17 – Earth Day 5K – St. Cloud*
April 26 – Hy-Vee 10K – Des Moines, IA*
May 2 – iRock Run 5K – Cold Spring
May 2 – Minnewaska Warmup 10K – Glenwood
May 2 – Run for the Roses 5K – Alexandria
May 9 – Fargo Half-Marathon – Fargo, ND*
May 16 – Old Glory 5K – Coldspring
May 30 – Foodie Four Mile – Twin Cities
June 6 – Lake Region Half-Marathon Relay – Fergus Falls
June 13 – Sour Grapes 1/4-Marathon trail race – Brainerd
June 27 – Lakes Area Endurance 1/4-Marathon – Alexandria
July 4 – Shalom Fun Run 10K – Alexandria
July 18 – Tiki Run 10K – Twin Cities
Three other races in July, but not sure of the dates yet – Henning Polzine 5K (Henning), River Lakes Days 10K (Cold Spring) and the Pillsbury Push 10K (Kerkhoven).
August – None at the moment, but I guarantee that will change!
September 7 – Victory Labor Day 10K – Twin Cities
September 12 – Graniteman 10K – St. Cloud
Two other races in September are the Alexandria Industries 5K (Alexandria) and the Osakis 5K (Osakis).
October 31 – Monster Dash 10-mile – Twin Cities
There is also the Fargo Mini Marathon 5K and 10K in October but the date has not been set.
November 8 – Chocoholic Frolic 10K – Twin Cities
November 26 – YMCA Turkey Trot 5K – Alexandria
There is also a Turkey Trot 10K in Fergus Falls in November, but the date has not been set.
December 6 – Rock-n-Roll Half-Marathon – San Antonio, TX
Here are a couple of websites I use to check for upcoming races:
There are tons of other websites out there, you just have to do your research!
If anyone has any other websites or if you know of a great half-marathon in September or October, please leave me a comment or send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!