Hola. This morning I was close to sleeping in. But I heard the birds chirping outside my window and saw on my phone that it was 60 degrees outside! Spring. The skies are kind of weird today — maybe a storm is brewing? Anyways, it was light enough that I could venture away from my winter routes (all of which involved the brightest-lit streets in East Nashville) and try a new course! I made it across the tracks.I love making up new routes and get a weird sense of pride when I can accurately estimate in my head how long a route will be. Example: I was shooting for 5 miles today, and came in exactly at 4.95. Pretty close!!
SO guys. Like I said, it’s spring — which means it’s race season! (Flashback to my half marathon in Amish country) I finally registered for a bunch of stuff the other week. Here’s what I’ve got lined up so far:
1. April 11: Purity Dairy Dash 10k. Remember when I did this race last year? We had just moved to Nashville and I could barely handle “the heat” of the South. Ha! This year I’m doing the same race and hoping to set a new PR. The race has a flat course and a fun vibe, so I’m feeling good! Now I just gotta get my butt in gear so I can run fast. Goal A: 42:00 or below. Goal B: Dance with the giant milk man.
May 2: Strawberry Chase 5k. Excited for this race! 5ks are one of the toughest distances for me and I’ve only done a couple in the past. Let’s see if I can sprint 3.1 miles and survive. Looks like my current 5k PR is 21:02. The race director told me this course is the “flattest 5k in Tennessee,” so let’s see if that helps me set a new record. Goal A: Sub-20 minutes. Goal B: Find the best breakfast spot between Nashville and Dayton, TN. Any recommendations?
June 6: Downhill at Dawn half marathon. I love running downhill and I love running in the morning. And I also love North Carolina. So, this race seemed like a perfect fit! After a five mile flat out-and-back, the route continues to drop from 2500 feet to 1300 feet. This could either feel really good on my legs, or really bad. Looks like a really scenic route, though. Let’s see what happens. Goal A: Sub 1:32.
Goal B: Drink all of the beer in Asheville.
Pretty lofty goals, right? I think the toughest one is the 5k race goal. Or maybe the milk man. Have a great day!
- Locals: What other within-three-hours-driving-from-Nashville races would you recommend?
- Last time you set a new PR?
- What races are you gearing up for this season?