After running consistently for the past few weeks, I’ve topped out at just over 30 miles per week over the past two weeks. I’m still cross training, rebuilding my fitness, and surviving the Charleston heat and humidity.
Fortunately, September and fall races are fast approaching.
I’m helping my friend (and former TrySports Mt. Pleasant employee) Angi promote a local trail run, the Raccoon Pond Rush 10 Mile Trail Run and Relay. The run benefits the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, a local charity that assists individuals with autism and their families in obtaining diagnoses and finding treatments.
I have several friends whose children are on the autism spectrum and others who work with special needs individuals, and I’m sure everyone knows someone with an autism spectrum disorder or someone affected by the condition.
After hearing Angi talk about the charity, I am excited to promote the race and run it myself. The Raccoon Pond Rush 10 Mile Run takes place on the Jericho Horse Trails in Huger, which is just west of Mt. Pleasant, and the event features a solo event along with a 2-person and 4-person relay, so it offers a distance for everyone.
I’ve never participated in a 10-mile race, so it’ll be an instant personal record, and I plan to replace a Saturday long run and enjoy a new-to-me trail. It’s fun to start Fall off with a race distance I haven’t completed because it’s purely for fun and without any previous expectations of a finish time. You can’t ever predict a time in a trail race, anyway.
Plus, the finish line party has breakfast and mimosas, so recovery will be pretty fun.
Along with Raccoon Pond Rush, I plan to run a few local 5Ks this Fall and hopefully PR. My current PR was from the Coffin Island 5K in April, and I wasn’t even feeling that great the days before. I’m hoping that a cutback week of resting up before a 5K can help me break into the 21-minute zone, but I haven’t picked out a 5K goal race yet.
Anyone else out there making Fall running plans? Or Fall plans in general? I’d love to hear.