The few others that are being held, well...I'm just not sure about. The Run for Remembrance that we did last year at the TEEX fire training school will be on May 10th this year at 5:00 p.m. Let me repeat that start time: 5:00 in the afternoon. In mid-May. I don't think I want to subject myself to running when it most likely will be super warm AND with the sun beating down on me. So that race is a probable no. The chicken race (Ukraine 5K) that we did last year is May 3rd, but it's mostly on grass this time, which I usually avoid because I'm chicken (haha) about turning an ankle on hidden rocks. There's a color run in a couple of weeks, but really, that was a once-and-done event for me. And some obstacle runs are coming up, but again, I'm too worried about hurting myself and not being able to run at all to want to do any races like that.
While I mostly enjoyed participating in the local races (aside from that bout of anxiety about racing), I'm not a runner who HAS to do all the races. So this year looks like I'll mostly be a runner, period. And I'm OK with that.
Last week I ran/walked a total of 8.6 miles. Can you tell I'm enjoying the off-season? I'm dealing with some pain so I'm hoping that by not pushing it, I can get whatever is bothering me to heal without having to completely take some time off from running. After a few walk/runs with Jenny, I've come to realize that running feels much better if I've had a good warm-up before I start. We walk for a mile before running; on Saturday, I stretched for a couple of minutes and jumped right into my run. Everything hurt (well, not everything, but a lot), whereas it wasn't that bad on Thursday. So I'm going to make a point to get to the park early on Saturdays and walk a mile before we all gather for our run. I'd rather set my alarm a little earlier and do that than feel like everything is falling apart during the first mile I run, you know?
Yesterday, it was freezing when Jenny and I met up to walk/run. We were bundled up like it was the dead of winter instead of mid-April in South Texas:
BRRRR! It was 41 degrees, with a north wind making it feel even colder!
I will say that the brisk weather contributed to a very good run, though. We ran our intervals so fast that we couldn't even talk - it was nice to put out that much effort, for a change. Normally my runs are at a pretty leisurely pace. What can I say...I'm a relaxed runner!