Is it time to come out of hibernation yet? While we are experiencing a rather mild winter, I'm more than ready for warmer weather and longer days. Spring and fall are the best seasons for running, as they tend to boast the most favorable running weather conditions, and personally, I just long to be outside.
In the winter, we have to deal with frigid temperatures, lack of sunlight and the threat of snow and ice. In the summer, the sweltering heat can make runs difficult, as well as dehydrating.
But with spring around the corner, it doesn't take as much motivation to lace up and get out the door. And what better way to enjoy it even more than running with other crazies?
Maybe your New Year’s Resolution was to finally do it and get on track with weight loss and you've fallen by the wayside. Or perhaps you have stuck with it (Congrats!) and are now itching to see some other results from your hard work.
Or maybe you've become a treadmill devotee and are in dire need of some sunshine? As for me, I opted to take a short break from racing after the Kris Kringle 5 Miler to just enjoy some pressure-free running, and I'm eager to get back into it.
Sites like active.com, pacepermile.com and runnersworld.com are great resources for finding races across the country. Locally, Pretzel City Sports and the Harrisburg Area Road Runners will provide you with a calendar of upcoming events. Additionally, there are countless programs available out there, such as the Couch to 5K program and Hal Higdon's marathon training guide, which offer free training plans.
Go, now. Sign-up. Why not? Locally, we have a variety of options, everything from 5Ks to marathons in the upcoming months. Lucky for you, I've done my research and have highlighted several upcoming local races to add to your schedule.
Nikoli's Shamrock Showdown – Mechanicsburg
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.
5th Annual St. Margaret Mary 5K Run/Walk – Harrisburg
Saturday, March 24, 8:30 a.m.
WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run – York
Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.
Race Judicata – Carlisle
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.
1st annual Fish Out of Water 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1/4 Mile Fun Run – Middletown
Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Hershey 10K – Hershey
Sunday, April 15, 7 a.m.
9th Annual DUI Victims Memorial 10K & 1 Mile Walk – Harrisburg
Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m.
Race, Run, Ride & Ramble – Shippensburg
Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m.
(This race also has a 5K race at 11 a.m., along with a 30K ride and a 15K hike options.)
Capital 10-Miler – Harrisburg
Sunday, April 1, 9 a.m.
Buck Ridge Burn Half Marathon – Gardners
Sunday, March 18, 9 a.m. (mandatory 8 a.m. meeting)
(This race also has a 5K option.)
US Road Running Movie Madness 1/2 Marathon – Mount Wolf
Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m.
Garden Spot Village Marathon – New Holland
Saturday, March 31, 8:00 a.m.
Bob Potts Marathon – York
Sunday, May 20, 6:30 a.m.
Of course, this is just a sampling of the local options, you're likely to stumble upon many more as the weather progresses. So, stop making excuses, and sign up for one today. As an added bonus, you will most likely get a sweet race t-shirt that you can wear out.
As for me, I'll be at the Shamrock Shakedown and Race Judicata – Carlisle as listed above, as well as the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 1. I was one of the lucky ones to get into the Broad Street Run in Philly on Sunday, May 6. (It sold out in five hours!) And I may have mentioned that I have a silly little marathon thing on Sunday, May 20.
How about you? What's on your schedule?