It’s only been a few days since the marathon, but I’m already thinking about my next races. I’m the kind of person who needs goals to focus my fitness. Jill and I are doing the Island Girl Half Marathon Relay, but beyond that, I’m not sure. I had planned on doing Midsummers’ again, but learned that they are moving to the Island for 2013 thanks to construction. I don’t want to shell out cash for two island races in one season. I’m also torn about what my bigger race should be. I’m not ready for another full (probably in fall 2014!), but the Toronto Waterfront Marathon route leaves something to be inspired.
So….what to do? Here are my options:
The Toronto Island Triathlon: I’ve wanted to do a triathlon forever and I think I could train for it relatively easily. I already bike and run all the time and live close to a pool. The Toronto Island Triathlon is on August 24 and consists of a 750 metre swim, a 20k bike ride and 5k run.
Run for the Toad 25k: I love trail running, but don’t do it very often. Signing up for this would mean I’d have to make an effort to get out in the woods! If I did this, I’d definitely want a running buddy…who’s in?
Valley Harvest Half Marathon: When I was at the Blue Nose, I stopped by the Run NS booth and learned about this half, which is only an hour from Digby. Bonus: It’s on Thanksgiving weekend (October 13). However, if I did this, I don’t think I’d be able to go home for Christmas as I’ve been planning. Going home costs money!!!!!
Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon: This is the back-up plan. It’s close, it’s fast and it won’t cost me as much money as Run for the Toad or the Valley race. If I signed up for this, I’d focus on hitting sub-2:00.
Focus on shorter races: Maybe do some 10ks. Try to get as fast as possible. Enjoy racing and not a single big goal. There’s a lot of great races in Ontario and I should check more out, and save the big goals for next year.
What do you think? What races are you running in the fall? Am I insane for thinking about this already? Help me out!