The Holiday Running Season

Now that I have the marathon PR in my back pocket, there is time now to look on the calendar for the rest of the year. On the docket is Autumnfest 8k and the Reindeer Run 5k.

Autumnfest 8k (Thanksgiving Day) – My Lovely and Talented Wife and I run/volunteer at this race every year since 2000 when her grandfather “PaPa” past away and we traveled to Albemarle NC Thanksgiving Day for the viewing. Having some pent up anxiety, she decided that she would run the race with me that Thanksgiving Morning in 2000. Ever since we have both ran or volunteered as a memorial for PaPa. In the past, Autumnfest has been a let-down race for my personal performance when it has followed after a November Marathon (Richmond). I am uncertain how I will fair this year since my recovery from Chickamauga has been nothing less than miraculous. I could have ran at lunch today (Wednesday) if I had wanted and even Tuesday would have been probably fine. I’ll probably have a “Guess My Time” for this race and will post something next week about it.

Reindeer Run 5k (December 2nd) – It’s typically the last Hurrah race of the year. I don’t run the local Jingle Bell Jog because even though it’s for a good cause, the entry free is exorbitant at $25 for a 5k. Sure, I am for the charity thing and all and when I am making hand-over-fist bags of cash, I’ll contribute. But right now, I am having to run cheaply and that means watching my entry fees. I’m taking the no-shirt option on races when I can just for the $5 discount. That and the fact that when it comes to race shirts… I have more than I can donate. So, the Reindeer Run is the 3rd of the Ruby Tuesday Triple Crown of Running (Spring Sprint, Scholar’s Run are the other two). As a runner who has run in both the previous 2 races, I will be eligible for the special Triple Crown Memento (which has been good in the past) and I also qualify for the Triple Crown Drawing. The have a door prize raffle for those at the race and then they have the Triple Crown Door Prize which are prizes that are at least $100 and the grand prize is airfare for two in the continental United States. So, when I win, you might see My Lovely and Talented Wife and Myself at a marathon near you!

I just looked at the Local Racing Calendar and I noticed the Oak Ridge Half Marathon on December 8th. This is a new time for this race, or rather new to me. WHen I ran it back in 2000, it was mid-October. Well… this may mean that I won’t be done yet for the year. It would be dependent on a few other things that aren’t quite inked in the calendar yet, but it is nice to know that there is something else out there that I might be able to do.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon