Anyone else think it feels odd to be chatting about fall fitness endeavors...already?
Even though the calendar indicates otherwise, I'm still in a bit of a summer mindset. At least the weather still has a bit of summer-like feels, so there's that.
So, what's on tap for Fall 2023?
My "fitness calendar" doesn't look as full, this year, as it has in years past. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it seems not as many fall races caught my eye this year. Oh well, I guess I saved some coin by not registering for everything that was available, LOL.
My first Fall '23 event on the roster is happening this coming weekend. It's (already) the sixth annual Mollie Tibbetts Memorial Run. This event was first held shortly after her body was found (August 2018), after she'd been missing for several weeks. Every year since, this memorial run takes place on the route Mollie was known to have run frequently...and it was where she last ran before her disappearance. Yes, it's a bit eerie, but it's also quite cathartic. It's a hilly route, with a 5-mile or a 5K option, that draws a huge crowd of runners and walkers.
This very week, I'll be doing my final weekly hilly bike path ride of the season with Amy. It's ride #20, so it's a significant milestone. We did 20 rides in 2021 (recap HERE), and got in 25 rides last year (and that recap is HERE), but we both agreed that 20 rides would suffice for the 2023 record books. Momma N really made these rides especially tough this year. We hit the lottery on windy days (usually double-digit mph), and I don't recall much coasting on very many of the downhills (due to said wind). Nonetheless, I know we'll both be back next summer. After this week's grand finale on the bike path, we still plan on meeting each week and riding in town. We're also planning on a few more weekend long rides, weather (and football schedules) permitting.
Mid-October will have me toeing the start line of the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. This is a long-time favorite race I've done almost every year since 2008. Last year, I had to switch to the 5K, though, due to some weird hip/hammy issues, so I'm eager to be back on the 13.1 race course.
After the half marathon, I'm hoping to just run for the sake of running. I'd also like to throw in some spontaneous speedwork. Since I won't have the pressure of running specific distances or paces, why not test my legs a little...you know just for fun?
Lastly, I've kind of been coerced (rather nicely, LOL) by a well-meaning friend to do the Living History Farms Race in November. This is an event that's been on my radar for several years, but I've never taken the initiative to give it a go. It's basically a 5-mile cross country-type of race, with several creek crossings and "natural" obstacles to navigate. The wild card is the weather, because it can be unseasonably warm or extremely cold (and rainy)...or anything in between. I've heard your shoes will be totally trashed by the time you reach the finish line, but it's a lot of fun in getting there. I just hope I don't break a nail.