Hi everyone! This week I’ve been busy doing my favorite thing ever: signing up for races. You all know what I mean, right? You get the excitement of looking for fun races and can do it all without even having to put on your running shoes :) In fact, I wrote a post about it last summer and it definitely still rings true today (also, how cute is it that I was trying to decided if I should do Zion in that post? That was the best race trip ever!).
Anyways, I realized recently that I haven’t even shared the news of my next big run on here, even though I’ve been hinting about it in blog posts and all over Instagram! A few weeks ago, I made a rash decision to get out of Alaska one last time before winter sets in. I’d heard from a few of my coworkers that Hood River, OR is gorgeous in the fall, and then I found out that they had a half marathon there. Gorgeous views, fall leaves, and a new state to check off my list? It didn’t take me much time to decide to sign up, especially when I found the flight deal of a lifetime! So in less than 3 weeks, I’ll be running the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon! I’ve been training with my coworker who is also running the race with me for the last few weeks, and we had an awesome 9 miler last weekend. I may not be speedy, but I feel like we’ll be ready for race day even though this is all happening last minute. Today I booked our accommodations and did some research into stuff to do while we’re down there, and I’m getting really excited. Most of my itinerary revolves around Chipotle and donuts. And yes, I’m aware that I’m doing a whole eating challenge. But it’s not like I can get Voodoo Donuts every day, you know? If you have suggestions on things to do in Portland and in the Columbia Gorge, let me know!
As I was doing some research on my trip to Portland, I realized that there’s another big trip coming up – my trip home to Philly for Christmas! I’m looking forward to hanging out with my family and in-laws the whole time, but I also need to do some running while I’m there. And there’s no better way to get those miles done than in races, right? I’ll be home for 2 weeks and I found the following races that I’m 99% likely to be running while I’m home:
- Kris Kringle 5 miler – I’ve run this twice and loved it both times, and it’s right in my hometown. The post-race food situation is crazy with all sorts of real food items like pizza and Godiva chocolate, and that alone is worth the race fee!
- Peepsfest 5k – This race has been on my bucket list for years, but since it’s during the day on NYE it’s kind of hard to make it happen. This year we don’t have any New Years plans yet, so I’m hoping I can finally run it! The race is in Bethlehem which is where Peeps are made, so you get free Peeps at this race!
- Surfin’ Snowman 5 miler – This race is in Bethany Beach, DE. I’ve already crossed Delaware off my list but I know I’ll be down there shopping at the outlets anyways so I might as well get another race done! Plus it’s a late afternoon race and you run on the boardwalk. Can’t say no to that!
And between my trips to Portland and Philly I’ve got a few more races to run here in Anchorage as well! I’m running both the Frightening 4k on Halloween and the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5k with a group of my coworkers, and I’m also running the Turkey Trot because it’s not Thanksgiving without a 5k! I really like that I have one big race in a few weeks and then a bunch of fun, short runs to finish out the rest of my year. I want to make sure that I keep running fun in the winter, so I’m looking forward to a lot of costumes, fun routes, and new running buddies!
How do you choose which races you want to run? What does your fall and winter race schedule look like? Will you be running any of those races on the East Coast? I’d love to run with some fellow bloggers while I’m back home!