I’ve been lazy – both on and off the blog. In fact, I just started running again after an almost-two-month hiatus. So now…that’s out there.
Uncharacteristically, I haven’t really planned out my running schedule this year. Part of this is due to the uncertainty surrounding whether I’ll get into NYC for the fall, but some of it is because the last two months of 2013 were pretty busy for me.
The first half of 2014 will look a lot like 2012. I’m repeating the Louisville Triple Crown of Running – the Anthem 5k, the Rodes City Run (10k) and the Papa John’s 10 Miler, followed by the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon. I’m also considering one of the halfs at the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival in June because everyone who’s run it says it’s the most funnest thing they’ve ever done.
This 3.1-mile race used to start and finish downtown, but race organizers decided to move it to the eastern suburbs of Louisville this year. My previous experience with this race is that it was extremely crowded. In fact, I think there are nearly 10,000 finishers each year. It’ll be interesting to see how the change in location will affect turnout. And to be honest, I only registered for this race because it’s part of the Triple Crown and I wanted the extra shirt.
What I remember most from running this race is that I wished I’d have worn sunglasses. The first two miles were run directly into the rising sun on a straight shot down Broadway. This race also features a course change. Instead of ending near Slugger Field, there’s a repeated portion of the course with a finish line on Broadway. It’s another crowded race, but the streets are generally wide enough to accommodate a lot of runners without bunching.
Papa John’s 10-Miler
This is my favorite race that isn’t a half or a full, perhaps because the course follows one of the best running areas of the city. Starting near the southern end of the University of Louisville campus, the race traces a portion of the Ironman Louisville path and circles around hilly Iroquois Park – one of the city’s most underappreciated areas – and finishes on the 50-yard line of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It’s not every race that you get to see yourself on a Jumbotron.
I’m returning to my very first half marathon. This race, which features close to 20,000 finishers, is flat and fast. Since I’m not running a spring full, this will be my race to test progress. I’d like to get faster, and I’m going to give myself a goal of 1:47:59 for this race.
So that’s the schedule for me. Are you running any of these races? If not, how are you spending your spring?
Keep running, friends.