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Jan 2, 2011

2011 race commitments already!

Yesterday, I signed up for three half mary's for 2011.  The first is the CF Rocks Half Marathon that is in March.  It is their inaugural race so I am excited to be one of the first runners to run this.  It takes place on an island called Grosse Ile in Michigan just south of Detroit.  It will have fantastic views of Canada and Detroit off the Detroit River and should be a great race.  Early sign up is only $35 - an excellent bargain for a half marathon.  If anyone is close, I would recommend it.  Actually, the organizer, Emily Schaller was in September 2010 Runner's World.

The second race I signed up for was the Let's Move Festival of Races Half Marathon.  This is another inaugural event in Mt. Clemens.  I'm excited about this one because I worked in Mt. Clemens so I know the area well.  It should be a great run since much if it is near the river so the views should be great.  Early sign up was only $40 - another great bargain for a half marathon.

The third race I signed up for was the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon.  Since I did the relay last year, I know part of the course but I really want to run over the bridge so I'm excited to run this race as well.  It should be a really fun race.  It's not until October but signing up early gets you in for only $45 which is great!  While it's $10 more than the CF half, I can't even imagine the logistics to close an international bridge and tunnel, can you?

The other race I am committed to is the Bayshore Marathon but most of you already knew that.  I can't wait for this one since it's my first full.  I had to sign up for this in December just to get in.

You can see the rest of the races I plan on doing so far in 2011 on my Dailymile race widget.

Today, 6 miles was on the schedule and that's exactly what I completed.  I can say that I already miss the warm weather.  It was a cold 32 degrees(with a wind chill in the teens-stupid wind)out but this is what we expect in Michigan.  You never know what you are going to get from day to day.

I'm also still in the process of reading Extreme Running.  So far it's very interesting.  It has a great explanation of each of the races in detail.  I still have not read one that I'd be willing to run - there are some seriously crazy people doing these races.  Who thinks up this shit?  The only bad comment I have right now is the print is very small.  I know it's a small book but jeez, I'm not that old and it's hard for me to read.

What about you?  Have you committed to any races yet for 2011?

Have a great day and......Keep running!

20 comments:

  1. Great idea to sign up early for races. I'm not that organized. LOL!

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  2. I have committed to some races this year. I am doing the Oklahoma 1/2 marathon in May and the Boulder Tri Series in June, July and August. I don't know what I am doing in the last 1/2 of the year but you can bet I will do something barring injuries!

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  3. i never commit to races until like the week before haha. maybe if i did what youre doing i'd be motivated year round!

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  4. Ha - the first sign of getting older is complaining that the print is too small! :) Just kidding! I haven't signed up for any races yet because I want to see how I feel after Disney. I have several in mind, though - 2011 is going to be a great year!

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  5. I should move to Detroit....talk about cheap entry fees. Great job Jeff. You are going to rock Bayshore.

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  6. A good plan: 3 half and a full. A previous plan helps to achieve the goals.

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  7. Way to be the early bird! I haven't signed up for any races yet but I have started plotting them out in my daybook. So far I'm looking at some spring half marathons and then triathlons and 5K's during the summer months.

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  8. That's the way to do it Jeff! I'm perusing the list of local races, deciding which ones to sign on for - some 5's and 10's and then there is a 16k in July and maybe I'll be up for a half in September..hhmmm....

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  9. Yea for having plans! I have my whole year planned to. I will make my way to Michigan one day to race I am sure.

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  10. we've had wacky weather here in NY too, it was warm this morning, and now it's gonna snow! Your races sound great!

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  11. marathonmaiden - that's too costly to wait!

    Terri - so true...getting old :(

    Chris - pretty good huh? I've seen many half over $100 in other states so it's nice to have them here.

    BK - that's the idea(I think)

    Lee - go for the half Lee, you can do it!

    Twila - you're just like me. Planner.

    Molly - I could use some more wacky warm weather.

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  12. man! looks like its going to be another busy year for you!

    all i have committed to is boston. i know i'll probably end up doing more, but i'd like to wait and see how life unfolds before i put any money on the line :)

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  13. they say the best way to train for a race is to do lots of races! looks like lots of fun

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  14. Wishing you all the best in 2011 at all your running event !!! Run safe yeah...

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  15. Awesome! Great job! So exciting for your 2011 races! I've signed up for 2 Rock and Roll Half's and I'm running the WDW Full this upcoming weekend! :0)

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  16. looks like you got some great bargains. I love inagural events, it is fun knowing you are among the first to run these races. You only get one chance to run the inagural events, go for it.

    All the best at Bayshore. I'll be interested to read your race report as I still need to decide on a MI race.

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  17. I'm running my first Half marathon on February 20! I'm so excited. I might also sign up for one in March. It will be the day before starting a new portion of my training... so I am waiting to see how sore I am after my first half marathon. I need to make sure I can walk on my first day of work/class!!


    Also: Running in 32* with wind sounds like extreme running to me! I'm a total wimp compared to you!!

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  18. Good for you for getting signed up so early! Makes me want to go back to a few race I've been eyeing and just commit to them!

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  19. Thanks to you, I just added the CF half on GI to my race calendar. :0) See you there!!

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  20. yup- the Pittsburgh half- my first! You're so inspirational, maybe I'll sign up for some more :-)

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