My first race of the year is this Sunday in Atlanta. It’s the Hot Chocolate 15k (9.3 miles) and they finally posted the elevation map. It looks hilly, as I expected, so it will be challenging. The race begins at Turner Field and winds through downtown so it is probably a similar route to the Thanksgiving 5k/half marathon. I’ll report back after the race on Sunday. I can’t remember how many thousand people are entered, but it is a pretty big race.
This is not one of my “A” races, or a high priority race. Part of the reason I am doing it is because it is a chance to go to Atlanta and spend time with my cousins. One of them is racing on Sunday as well. It’s also a little longer distance than I usually run in a race. There are not a lot of 15k races around so it gives me a chance to push myself farther than a 5k but not as far as a half marathon yet.
My major priority this year is the half Ironman. That is really where my training focus is for the next several months. I have other events along the way but they are all part of preparing for June. I am working very hard not to over book my race schedule this year. That can be a challenge because there are so many races and events and friends are doing different things that look and sound like fun. But I need to remain focused on what I have set as my goal and work with Sam, my trainer, to achieve that goal. So I will let a few races wait until 2014 or 2015 or later. It’s good to have things to look forward to.
I am really looking forward to racing with friends from She Does Tri and wearing the fantastic new jersey. I am also looking forward to doing some events for the second time and several for the first time. I think it will be a good year.