Favorite Hometown Race. This topic is certainly a hard one for me, because I prefer not to run in my hometown thanks to some very negative experiences with local runners who put on an elite mentality when it comes to runners like me. In fact, my very first race had a lasting impression…
It was my first 5K ever and I was trying to get an idea where I was starting at. There was no time requirements and put on by the local running club. I finished to my calculation in about 51 minutes, now this is my calculation for a simple reason. As I was finishing they were putting up the timing equipment. I was a little shocked, okay more embarrassed because the response to my crossing where the mat should of been was “We did not want to wait for you.” Seriously? Way to make someone want to join your club, let alone ever want to run again.
I am a back of the pack runner and I will always be. I use the Galloway method of run-walk-run and I am proud that I can get out there and not only feel, but be successful. I don’t take my running to seriously, unless I am training for a race, when it is important for me to be prepared.
So instead of looking at Favorite Hometown Races, I am going to give you a rundown of the races I am looking at running this year…
- Blue Bell Fun Run (10K)-I ran this race, or the 5K at least a few years ago and loved it for 2 reasons: running through the Texas Hill Country in the Spring (bluebonnet beauty) and there is all you can eat Blue Bell Ice Cream Treats at the end.
- Slacker Half Marathon-This race caught my attention…Highest DOWNHILL half marathon in the country and who can no run a race with Slacker in the name. Plus it gives me an excuse to go home to Colorado and run a beautiful course.
- Missoula Half Marathon-Being a huge fan of the movie River Runs Through It, I have been wanting to go to Missoula for sometime. This is also one of the highest rated half marathon/marathon events in the country in terms of runner support. I had wanted it to be my first full marathon, but that is not going to happen this year.
- Texas Wine Series: Llano Estacado-This is another repeat event for me. I also ran it several years ago and set my personal best, almost breaking under a 3 hour half marathon. A great flat course (praying it will not be windy) and there is A LOT of wine and after party when you finish.
- Texas Quad: Tortoise Half & Texas Double (November) & Whine Not Another Half (December)-I am looking at these events as one that I can use to get the distance in leading up to my full in January 2018. Running the Distance seems to be a running club after my own heart as they highly encourage first timers with no cutoff times. I plan on signing up for the half and then continue on the course until have finished enough for my marathon training at that time.
My goal for 2018 is simply to work on dropping some pounds and training properly for the entire year for my first full marathon in 2019!
What races are you looking at for 2018? Drop me a line in the comments, as I am always looking for races with a great atmosphere & pack of the pack friendly.
And if a Disney race is in your future, I can help you with that…plus provide you with insurance should something happen during your training and you can’t run (something runDisney can’t do for you).