As I previously stated in one of my very first posts on this blog, my plan for 2013 was to run in at least one race each month in 2013. Now, the races do not have to be any specific distance, they just have to be hosted events that I complete. And thus far, seven months into this year, I have completed at least one race each month! In fact, I have completed fourteen races thus far this year! Some have been virtual races, one was an obstacle race, and the vast majority have been 5K’s. I was to have one or two half marathons completed by now, but my right foot decided to start hurting and I was out of commission for about six weeks. But even while I was hurt, I completed a race with my walking boot, and while I did not set a world record, I did not come in dead last or injure myself any worse, so it was a success. So looking forward at the remaining five months of my race schedule, I have some holes to fill. I do have three half marathons scheduled for September, October, and December, so my workload is about to increase significantly. But August and November are still ghost towns, so I am changing that now. This week I have registered for two more races, and I am making arrangements for five or six more.
Earlier this week, I filled the void for August by registering for the Breakaway-Bardog 5K here in Memphis. The event is being held on August 18, and will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which as you know, is a major bonus for me. Also that weekend in Memphis is the Elvis 5K, which is a big event here, and maybe I get roped into running it as well. But, full disclosure, I am not the biggest Elvis fan in the world, and I would never wear the short that the race gives out with his gigantic face on it. I know my Memphis residency card was probably just revoked, but it is the truth. Also, the Bardog race is at one of the best bars in town, raises money for St. Jude, is more low key, last year’s shirt was awesome, and the first 350 participants get a race beer mug (I was 335), and the race course downtown is in a better area than the neighborhood near Graceland.
The second race I registered for is a national race that I had been hoping would incorporate Memphis into its 2013 schedule. And this morning, I opened up an email from Living Social that confirmed my hopes! Not only was the race coming to Memphis, they were offering a discounted entry, so naturally I registered about as quickly as possible! You can use this link to register as well! The race is called Tap “N Run Beer Run 4K and is more of a fun run than a serious competition. You run the 4K course and chug beer at three separate “Chug Stations” along the way. And then at the end, you get another beer. The race encourages crazy costumes and seems like it would be a blast. I do not have a team or costume idea yet, even though I put this blog’s title as my team name, but maybe some of my friends will want to do this race too. The race is on October 5, which marks the one year anniversary of the worst infield fly call in the history of MLB. It still pisses me off to think about it, so go here for more info.
November is still barren, but I already know that I want to run in the True Blue 5K on November 1, but registration is not open yet. This was my first ever running event, and I have ran it every year since. Why stop now? I wear my races shirts from this race more than any other race I have ever ran, and I do not foresee that changing anytime soon. Also in November, there is an event called Heroes in Recovery 6K on the 16th, that intrigues me because of the line of work I am currently in. But we shall see on that one.
The Cooper Young Festival 4 Miler is a very popular race here in Memphis, and is one that I always seem to have a scheduling conflict with. This year I do not, at least as of yet, so I might finally get to run it. It is being held on Friday the 13th, so maybe that is a bad omen? I am also looking at a couple of virtual races to run as a part of my training schedule. One has a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (my all time favorite as a child) theme and I really want a Ninja Turtle medal. Yes, I am a major dork. You can register for a single race or for the entire series. If you complete the series you get a medal for each turtle as well as Splinter! That might be tempting, but I do not want to drop $100 for it, so I will probably just register for the Michelangelo race. I am also planning another virtual race with a Festivus from Seinfeld theme for the winter. Naturally, the event date will be on December 23, and I already have requested artwork for the medals. I will post more details on here as they become available. If you do not know what Festivus is, go here and here.
I am certain that other races will pop up over the next five months that I will have to register for, but my wife and bank account hope that it will not be too many!