Here we go again. After a foolish last minute decision, I decided I’m running the Rock and Roll USA half marathon tomorrow. Just like last year you can follow along with my progress. Aren’t you curious about what happens when I try to run 13.1 miles without training? Me too. You can follow along as my little red dot moves across a virtual map of Washington, DC. And if I post photos at any point during the race you’ll see it there.
1) Click this link.
2) After I start (sometime around 8am Saturday morning), you’ll see the page refresh and a blinking red dot will appear near my picture.
3) To the right of my profile picture, you’ll see “Jenn Smith started a running activity with RunKeeper Live.” Click on that.
4) This will bring up a page that live-refreshes with my route, time, distance, and elevation on a map.
For more detailed instructions on how to use Runkeeper live, watch this handy video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL81NLe8iy4
I’m starting to think about my race schedule for this year. The key word is starting. So far I’ve only signed up for one 5k in town that the Roller Vixens are running as a team. The course is along the trail in Morgantown where I do most of my running so it should be fun and fast and flat. It’s helped motivate me to get back into a training schedule - fast tempo runs, blackout-inducing intervals, and long weekend runs. Some other races I’m thinking about:
The Gristmill Grinder 1/2 Marathon - takes place on a beautiful West Virginia State Forest….but then again, is it a bad idea that this race has the word grinder in the title?
The Pittsburgh Marathon - do I have what it takes to become a ‘runner of steel’?
The Scenic Mountain Triathlon - only a 1/2 mile swim but with 9% grade on the bike portion.
I’ll probably be doing a lot of traveling this spring and summer so I won’t be signing up for races far in advance and hope to find runs and triathlons outside of West Virginia. New York? Ohio? Las Vegas?!
What am I missing? Where are the best races?