Thank you to Deb from DebRuns blog for her Race Link up. I will be linking up with Deb for her March Race Linkup. Check out some of the other awesome running bloggers who will be sharing their racing schedules there. Maybe we can arrange some meet-ups if our schedules coincide!
St.Patrick’s Day isn’t technically spring, but I did the Lucky Charm 5k race in Harrisburg, PA the day after Leprechaun Day. I have challenged myself to run a 5k each month and try to get faster with each one. Lucky Charm was my baseline race. It was an awesome, flat, fast, festive race with a very cool shirt and medal. Age group awards were pint glasses with the race logo. You can read my race report here.
My next race was supposed to be a 10k trail race called Rock the Wall in Pottsville, PA. Mother Nature had other ideas. Because of the foot of snow that we got 3 days before the race, the trail race became a road race. The race was hilly, challenging, and so much fun. I loved it! My race report is here.
This is where I will be racing in the next month or so.
- The Buck Ridge Burn trail half marathon will be on April 8 in the Michaux State Forest in Pine Grove Furnace State Park near Gardners, PA. I have never done this race before, and I am a little bit nervous. I am running with a speedy friend and my hubby Bill. The website describes the course as “grit-testing” with rocks, mud, creek crossings and grinding climbs. I hope I can find my grit!
- Ukrop’s Monument Ave. 10k in Richmond, VA on April 14 is one of my favorite races of all times. It is one of the few races that I do over and over. Over 30,000 runners will do this race, but it never feels crowded, due to excellent organization. The race is fast and pancake flat. It feels like a 6.2 mile rolling party. Bands and cheer squads line the route. It is our traditional kick off to spring. (Post race tip: stroll on Cary St. and peruse the many restaurants serving brunch. Best margaritas: Nacho Mama’s!)
- Hyner View 25k Trail Challenge in Hyner, PA on April 21 is the granddaddy of my spring racing schedule. If I am slightly nervous about Buck Ridge Burn half, Hyner View scares me witless. True story: I have a friend who is a yoga instructor. She is also an excellent runner. The first race she ever ran was a very tough, hilly marathon. She not only qualified for Boston in that race, she won the marathon. She was in her 50s at the time. She ran Hyner View once at the request of her husband. After the race she took off her trail shoes, threw them at her husband, and vowed never to run another trail race. To my knowledge, she has kept her vow. Hyner View has developed a mythic quality among local trail runners. Registration for the 2018 race opened on May 1, 2017. By May 5, a waiting list had begun. If you want to run the 2019 version of the race, get online on May 1 of this year. It sells out in a flash. Trail runners are crazy (and somewhat masochistic)!
If I survive Hyner View, I will be taking it easy for the rest of the month. Bill and I are going to Colorado for a much-anticipated visit to our grandson. (I suppose our son and daughter-in-law will be there too). I am looking forward to this trip more than all of my races combined!
Hope to see you at the races!