I got a Facebook update yesterday from the Navy Ten Nautical Miler stating that this year’s race is a causality of the Sequestration. That means a very well received race in the Memphis area is no more, at least for this year, and any early registrants will have their registration fees refunded to them. It is sad news, but honestly, I wasn’t going to be able to run the race this year anyway, but hopefully it will return next June. But this got me to thinking about races I wanted to run this year but could not due to injury or scheduling conflicts. The following is some of those races:
- Germantown Half Marathon: peroneal tendonitis sidelined me for this, I might run it next year
- Oak Barrel Half Marathon: peroneal tendonitis sidelined me for this one as well, but it would have been difficult to run it anyway since I was hoping to be one of the final 100 registrants for the race and those slots were sold in under one minute! I will do my best to add this to next year’s itinerary.
- Flying Pig Half Marathon: big race in Cincinnati, OH that I couldn’t financially swing this year.
- Navy Ten Nautical Miler: travel schedule and the Sequestration eliminated it this year.
- Hero Rush: fireman themed obstacle race with various locations around the country, but the one in Tennessee is the same day that I will be running the Warrior Dash in Jackson, MS. Maybe next year.
- Key East Half Marathon: Susan and I went to Key West on a part of our honeymoon and the town was a blast, so any excuse to return is a good one to me. Maybe 2015 (WDW Marathon will be in January 2014).
- Spartan Race: another obstacle race that I would like to do, but they don’t have any near Memphis, and traveling to one this year is not going to happen. They offer three different distances (not at each location though) for different levels of competitors, which is a good idea.
There are a couple races not mentioned above, but it is no certainty that I run them this year. Susan is a little skeptical about me running in either of these events, but I want to try both eventually. They are as follows:
- Tough Mudder: this seems to be the biggest and baddest of the obstacle runs out there, and even requires you to sign a death waiver! Now the waiver is probably a mix of hype for the race as well as a preventative measure in case something does happen. The problem is the three closest locations are at least five hours away, and the Georgia and Kentucky events pose scheduling conflicts for me.
- Tupelo 14.2 Miler: Labor Day weekend this year, so the timing works, but it is very hot on September 1 in this area, even at 5 in the morning, and the training prior to the event will occur in even hotter temperatures. However, I will be two months into my marathon training, so maybe working this in will be a little easier.
Just writing this post has got me itching to get this boot off even more and get back to training at 100% capacity. I am exactly one month away from running my first Warrior Dash, and I don’t want to embarrass myself on the course.