i finalized my race schedule for february and hope it comes together better than the schedule i put together for january! in january i ran no ultras, nor did i do any track races. disappointingly, there are no ultras, nor track races, on deck for february. the one marathon i had penciled in, the albany winter marathon, is now unnecessary since registration for boston closed this week. at this point, there's no urgency in trying to run a bq.
2/1 - gridiron classic, 4m
2/1 - ny ultrarunning awards brunch
2/3 - empire state building run-up
2/8 - bronx half marathon [ran boston build-up 20k instead]
2/14 - ymca sweetheart run, 4m [w/emmy]
2/15 - trrc freezer five miler
2/22 - pptc cherry tree 10 miler [hmrrc winter marathon, instead]
the month kicks off on sunday with the gridiron 4 miler. immediately afterwards, is a drive over to the new york ultrarunning awards brunch on long island to celebrate the 2008 grand prix series. then, later that day, will kick back and watch the (giants-less) superbowl :(
two days later, for something completely different, i't's the empire state building run-up. for once this season, the weather won't be a concern - ha.
that weekend, however, it's back to road racing with the bronx half marathon, race #2 in the grand prix series. this one was a tough call since it means passing up the boston build-up 20k in southport - another great race, on a great course.
the following weekend brings up the first relay of the year. emmy and i team up for another go at the ymca sweetheart run in stratford. relay aside, the race has one of the toughest 4 mile courses out there. there is only one decent hill, but mountain climbing gear is required ;)
to close out the month, it's a trip to brooklyn for the cherry tree 10 miler. if there's any reason to be happy at skipping the albany marathon, it's that i get to run this great race instead. this is easily one of the toughest 10 mile courses out there (3x the hills at the north end of the park is a great wake up call)!
altogether, 5 races (one a building run-up), none longer than a half marathon.
update: instead of the bronx half, switched to the boston build-up 20k. i also added the trrc freezer 5 miler in fdr state park.
one last change: from the cherry tree 10 miler, back to the hmrrc winter marathon!