|Photo by Ian Sanderson 2004. Used under Creative Commons License.|
I can sense a change in the winds and it's time to hoist my mainsail, set the spinnaker, and sail away (that was for those of you who like nautical metaphors). In other words, that sucking sound that was the vacuum in my race schedule after my knee injury leading up to and during the GTIS Half Marathon has ceased. Now, as I prepare to start running again after a couple of weeks of recovery, it's time to consider just what races I should put back on my schedule.
I am happy that it has only been a couple of weeks since my last run of over a half mile in distance, and really looking forward to resuming my training. The first week after the GTIS Half would likely not have been a critical training week, anyway, because of the recovery usually required after such a race, but this second week off from running, which I have partly filled with cycling, was sort of a critical week if I was going to race the Crossroads Half Marathon seriously this year. So, for now I'm not planning to run Crossroads... Or at least not the Half. Instead, I might run the accompanying 5K... Unless I find I'm feeling really good and I think I'm ready for another Half Marathon when September 19 rolls around.
In any case, I am definitely targeting the Bacon Strip Race. This is a 10 miler on some graded dirt roads over rolling hills Northeast of Fort Collins, aptly named because the hills roll like the waviness in a fried strip of bacon. I'm looking forward to this one, because I've heard so much about it from some other Fort Collins Running Club members.
There is also the usual assortment of 5K races, and I will be planning to take some pot shots at my 5K PR this fall, and if I have another opportunity to attempt a 10K PR I might well take a shot at that as well.
Bring it on, baby!