Is there anything more fun than picking out your next few races?
Paging through a race report, or through fliers you get in some other race’s goody bag, you feel full of possibility. Could the 5K with the flat, fast course be your next PR? Could daydreams about a great-sounding post-race party carry you through your next couple long, hot runs?
Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve got ahead. Race schedule subject to change at racer’s discretion.
The Crystal City Twilighter 5K in Crystal City July 25.
Blue Crab Bolt 10K Trail Running Series: first race on Aug. 1 is held at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Md., second is Aug. 15, in Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg, Md.
I’m also planning on a good half-marathon to run as a pre-MCM tune-up. Something flat, fast and fun to massage my ego before the marathon. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach on Sept. 6 is the current front-runner (ha), and the Philadelphia Distance Run on Sept. 20 is trailing just behind.
And to keep me honest in the pool, I’m looking at:
Chris Greene Lake Cable Swim, Charlottesville, July 11. I’d do the two-miler.
Wildwood September Splash, Sept. 26. A fun-sounding 1-miler.
Any other suggestions for open-water swims in the Washington area this summer? If so, suggest ’em below!
Looking for more great summer races in the Washington area? Check out my Examiner post on that very topic.