Friday Five – August 29th – Fall Race Preview

Wow, how is it already the end of summer?  I can’t wait to close out this summer in Virginia Beach, and run my third half marathon on Sunday.  While I’ve spent the summer mentally and physically preparing for Sunday’s race, I’ve also been working on my fall race calendar.

I shared last month that my big fall race will not be a half marathon, but rather a ten miler.  My other fall races will be shorter distances – a combination of 5ks and 10ks.  I’m looking forward to working on continuing to increase my speed, and hopefully this coming winter will start to train for a spring half marathon.  (And no, I haven’t decided what race that will be yet!)

I’m looking forward to running some new races this fall, as well as revisiting a couple of favorites that I also ran last year.

1.  Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k

9-11 race

I will be running this race just six days after running Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, so its very likely that I will be jogging more of this race than running it.  I ran this race last year, and it was such a meaningful race experience that I wanted to make sure that I ran it again this year, even if that means that I walk a good amount of it.

2.  Dulles Day 10k

dulles day

To say I’m excited about this race is an understatement.  After running the Dulles Day 5k last year (there wasn’t a 10k option for last year’s race), I knew immediately upon finishing that this race was going onto my 2014 race calendar.  Because its a flat course, I’ll be pushing myself to set a new PR at this race.

3.  Clarendon Day 10k

This race is just one week after the Dulles Day 10k.  Neither Preston or I have run this race before, but we’ve heard fabulous things about this race from several people, and are very eager to give this race a try ourselves.

4.  Army Ten Miler


With this being my big fall race, my training after Virginia Beach will be geared towards preparing me for this race.  After having volunteered last year, I cannot wait to run this race this year and participate in the 30th anniversary of this landmark DC race.

5.  Veteran’s Day 5k

veterans day 5k

Preston and I ran this race last year, mainly because the main beneficiary of this race is Team RWB, the veteran’s organization that both Preston and I belong to.  It’ll be nice to close out the fall race season with a race on an easy course that I’m already familiar with.

In case you haven’t been keeping track or haven’t checked out my 2014 Race Recaps page recently, these five races will complete my mission to cross the finish line of 14 races this year!  I cannot wait to celebrate this accomplishment!

QOTD: What races are you looking forward to running this fall?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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19 Responses to Friday Five – August 29th – Fall Race Preview

  1. Sounds like a great fall race calendar! Have a blast this weekend!!!

  2. Annmarie says:

    Love all the races on your calendar! My September is booked with a race every weekend then I am running the Rock’n’Roll half in Vegas in November!

  3. You have a busy race schedule! I always look forward to fall when the races come back on the schedule…summer is always an awkward lull. The Army 10 miler is on my list – maybe next year. 🙂 And of course, I’m really looking forward to Richmond…both the racing part and the marathon training being over part!

  4. Good luck this weekend-hope it’s not too hot! Perhaps I will see you at the Clarendon race

  5. Keren says:

    The Virginia Beach half is a really nice race. Good luck!

  6. good luck this weekend and maybe we’ll bump into each other. Looks like a nice slate of fall races!

  7. Lots of fun races on your calendar! You are gonna rock VA Beach this weekend! Can’t wait to see you!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Nice list of fall races! I may be peppering some 5Ks into my schedule 🙂

  9. We are doing a few of the same races! I’m supposed to be doing the 9/11 5K, but not sure with my achilles flare up, I may have to skip or walk it 😦 I’ll also be at the Army 10 miler!

  10. woot woot for 14 races! nice work, lady! see you in a few weeks 🙂

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