Running races during the summer just does not appeal to me because I just don't do well in the heat. I can do a 5K or a 10K bu that is about it. I usually end up running a fall marathon and dread training through the summer heat but I guess it has to be done.
My next race is the Zooma Napa Valley Half Marathon in June. I won two race entries and I am really hoping that my friend can make it. Since she lost her husband last September, she has started running again but just does not have the desire to race. Her husband was at every race she ran and I think knowing that he will no longer be there just really bothers her. She is a great runner (3:17 marathon PR) and I really hope that she gets back into running in the future. Our plan for this race was to just take it easy and enjoy it. I am sure that running in Napa Valley is just beautiful so we want to take it all in. The host hotel is pretty pricey so we are treating this like a mini vacation not to mention she loves her wine.
I have no races on the schedule for July or August but I might throw in a 5K or a 10K. Then I have the Ventura Marathon on September 7th which happens to fall on my birthday. September is still a hot month in California so at this point I have not decided if I will run the full or the half. In any case, I want to enjoy this race and not put any major pressure on myself but a "Birthday BQ" would be sweet wouldn't it? This race is a last minute BQ attempt for many runners since Boston registration opens right around this time. I usually sign up for one fun race a year and this just might be the one.
How do you feel about summer races?
What is on your race schedule for the summer?