Over the course of the last month, I have tried to put together a race schedule calendar for races in Maine this year. While the calendar is not completely finished and I know that it doesn’t have all the races, it has enough of them that I feel that I can reasonably see what ones I would like to do.
My criteria were:
- Local – Keep it local races within 20 miles got preference if they fell on the same day.
- Cost – I can’t afford to race all that often, I stayed more with the 5K distances which are cheaper
- Distance – nothing more than a 1/2 marathon
- No big races
|Date||Name of Race||Location|
|3/4/2012||Chamberlain 5k – Decided not to run – Hamstring||Brewer|
|4/7/2012||Fly Like An Eagle 5k||China|
|4/14/2012||Rocky’s 4 Miler||Augusta|
|5/5/2012||Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual
5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism
|5/26/2012||Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k||New Gloucester|
|6/24/2012||Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon||Augusta|
|7/4/2012||Friends of the Fourth||Winthrop|
|7/15/2012||Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler||Pownal|
|8/5/2012||Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler||Pownal|
|8/11/2012||Topsham Fair 5k||Topsham|
|9/9/2012||Bradbury Mountain 12||Pownal|
|11/10/2012||Maine-ly Moose 5k||Portland|I haven’t decided on the Chamberlain 5k in Brewer yet, it depends on how my calf reacts over the next week or so and if I can get any speed work done or not. To be honest it doesn’t look I will make this one, but you never know – I would like to. I decided that with my hamstring still not close to 80% that going up to Brewer to run a 5K right now would be risking an injury – because I would try to run faster than I should, better to be safe than sorry 🙂
I really like the idea of the trail races and the 5K at Pineland Farms in May is one that I really want to do. The 6 miler at Bradbury is doable – I would like to think that by Aug/Sep I should be in good enough shape to do the next 2 portions of the Bradbury series – at least that is the plan. Plus somewhere in this schedule Bond Brook will be having trail races and the UMA trail race is sometime in September (I think),
I haven’t been able to find dates for those races/events yet. I like trail running better than I do running on roads, but how many trail races I do depends a lot on how much time I can get on tougher trails to do the 9 or 12 miler Bradbury trail races.
Stuff I am thinking about
On June 24th is the Kennebec Rail Trail 5k or 1/2 Marathon, I haven’t decided yet which I want to do, I would like to just run the 1/2 to say I have done the distance and will probably try for that one.
I might also trade one of the 5Ks for a 10K, just to run one this year and get a new baseline race PR, since I have re-set all of my PRs as of January 1st as I explain in my Time to Re-Set My Personal Records post.
The August 11th 5k at the Topsham Fair I think will be a “marker” race for me, I turn 55 on the 6th and I would like to try to break 20:00 minutes for a 5K there. It is the first race after that date, so it makes sense to try it as soon as possible, since I won’t be getting any younger ;-).
The race schedule seems mighty lean in September, October, November and December – maybe I just haven’t come across the right places to fill in those races. However in Sept/Oct there are the Maine Marathon and MDI Marathon, so if I am feeling really froggy in July and there are still openings, well I will leave the door open.
Not set in stone
Nothing here is written in stone and a lot depends upon how my training goes. If the body holds up and TheWife doesn’t send me back to work to pay for all this, then it will be fun. However, I have a sneaking feeling – that a part-time job is in my future so that I can afford to run, race and have new stuff when I need it.
This is the first year that I have put a race schedule together since 1986 and am really looking forward to running more than a couple of races this year.
Anyone need some great part-time help in the Augusta-Waterville area – I am a guy with many skills and I love to run. ;-).
Did I miss any
Have I missed any “must do” races in the local Augusta-Waterville area or do you have any other races that you recommend that I should do?