TOTR: Fall Running Plans

By | September 4, 2018

I love Tuesdays on the Run. And I love having the “cheat sheet” of the topics early so I can get these written at the weekend. This week? Fall Running Plans.

Linking up with: Erika at MCM Mama, Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and Patty at No Guilt Life.

I don’t have any fall running favorites, other than the weather. I cannot wait for more seasonable temperatures. I did two races last year, and will be repeating one. More on that later. Non-running favorites? The leaves. One thing I really missed about the northeast when living in Japan and Australia was the four seasons, especially fall. It’s just magical. The colors, the smell. I enjoy getting silly for my birthday/Thanksgiving but that’s secondary to the colors.

My fall running plans are:

The maybes are schedule questions, but I’d really like to run Grete’s Great Gallop even though I hate the Central Park 10K course and have been hill-avoidant all summer. It sounds like a wonderful race and a way to honor a great woman. I did the Poland Spring kickoff last year and aside from hating the shirt (still do, still an issue with women’s shirts), I loved the race. I’ll probably end up doing this again if I’m in town.

For the confirmed races:

  • I have mixed feelings about the Bronx 10 miler. Training hasn’t been what I wanted it to, but I think I can run ten miles. It starts at Yankee Stadium! I like the idea of running down the Concourse as its architecture is stunning,ย  but I’m not sure I’ll feel the same on the loop back. I’m thinking of running with a pacer, but we’ll see.
  • I was bummed to get closed out of Race to Deliver last year and signed up as quickly as I could. Something about giving back Thanksgiving week, and especially around my birthday. Speaking of Thanksgiving, hoping to do a Turkey Trot somewhere that weekend.
  • Ted Corbitt was my first long race and it still has a special place in my heart. I loved it, even with a sore hip and even in the snow. I need to get it together with hills this fall, but a variation of this course has become my 15K loop when I go long in Central Park. I want to beat last year, but beyond that don’t have specific goals this far out.

On the not running front:

  • the one I’m not repeating from last fall is the Squirrel Stampede which has been cancelled in favor of rescheduling the August rain out. I was looking forward to running Roosevelt Island again, but it’s the same weekend as the Bronx so I wouldn’t have been able to either way
  • I was tossing up the South Nyack 10 miler as I remember going to it as a kid, but after my fall I realized what a challenge the course was and that I probably wasn’t ready. It didn’t hurt that I got Giants’ tickets for that day either. So next year, maybe.

 

36 thoughts on “TOTR: Fall Running Plans

  1. Lesley

    I did a 5k one year the weekend before Thanksgiving. I loved doing it that way, instead of waking up early on Thanksgiving. I feel like so much happens Thanksgiving mornings, and it was great to have my run done beforehand.

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    1. cari Post author

      Same. I only got away with last year’s because I played the “it’s my birthday” card. There’s one the weekend after that I’ll probably do

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  2. Marcia

    You have lots of exciting races in your future. I am so ready for some seasonal changes in the weather. The heat/humidity/rain has been brutal this summer.

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    1. cari Post author

      Yes. and like you said on someone else’s today, never ending. I know a lot of three season runners who don’t do winter. I’d take winter all day over summer

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  3. Darlene

    I wold love to run these races but none of them fit into my schedule.

    Plan on Re-scheduled Governor’s Island race and maybe the one on Roosevelt Island on Oct 28. Although I could be talked into Poland Spring one. I’m waiting to see if I have enough miles for a free hotel. I have tix for a Broadway show that day so will be in the city anyway.

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    1. cari Post author

      Poland Spring is a lot of fun, nice to have marathon accoutrements up. I need to look up Roosevelt Island 10/28. Unless that’s the donut one? I’m bizarrely not a donut person so passing on that. What are you seeing?

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      1. Darlene

        Pretty woman with 11 friends. I think Iโ€™m going to do Poland Springs.

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        1. cari Post author

          ooh, you’ll have to let me know how it is. I gave up my tickets a week or two ago

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      2. Darlene

        It is the Haunted one. Iโ€™m now leaning toward Polar Spring but I waver.

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        1. cari Post author

          Leaning Poland Springs myself. Cheaper and easier, but need to figure out first if I”m in town

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    1. cari Post author

      Me too! If I’d decided to do South Nyack would have been perfect – high is for 60s Sunday.

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    1. cari Post author

      I was so bummed to miss it this year, so went the guaranteed route for one year

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  4. Kimberly Hatting

    All kinds of fun possibilities! There are two 10-milers in my area, but BOTH are happening the same weekend I’ll be in Philly for the RnR Half Marathon. Totally not fair…I love the 10-mile distance ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. cari Post author

      Oh bummer. and bizarre they’d run them both the same weekend. Seems like they’re cannibalizing their audiences. Enjoy Philly!

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  5. kookyrunner

    You have some great races lined up for the Fall! I’ve done the Bronx 10 miler twice and it has always been one of my favorite races.

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    1. cari Post author

      Oh that’s good to hear. It’s not super popular among my circle so hadn’t heard much

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  6. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Sounds like you have a lot of great racing options! All we need now is for fall weather to arrive, and stay!

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  7. Chocolaterunsjudy

    You have so many great races to choose from! I saw the Poland Springs — is that the same one as the Dash to the Finish Line? I did that once & did enjoy it, but I’ll be away that weekend anyway.

    I lived in TX 17 years. Did not miss Fall. Ever. Don’t get me wrong, I like Fall, but it’s the great slide into Winter I don’t like. ๐Ÿ™ Oh, and I hate raking!

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    1. cari Post author

      No, Dash is a run from the UN to Central Park. I’ve never done it, but I’m generally a bigger fan of park runs vs. city street. Poland Spring is all in Central Park which is just a gorgeous blast of color at that time of year
      Wow, you’ve lived everywhere!

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        I thought maybe they just changed the sponsor! I can imagine how gorgeous that must be in CP. After Dash, we walked around CP with my nephew (who came to see me run).

        I definitely haven’t lived everywhere, but I’ve lived in 4 different states. Also grew up in Poughkeepsie, went to school in Rochester, and now am in Albany — unfortunately, I’ve lived the majority of my life in NY! It’s not that I don’t like NY, but I hate the weather.

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        1. cari Post author

          Dash is also, I think, day before the marathon. Poland Spring is the week before.
          I would love to snowbird, Florida winter, New england summer because even New York summers are too much. I can’t do Rochester in winter

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          1. Chocolaterunsjudy

            Ah, I see — no wonder I was confused!

            My husband wants to be a snowbird some day. Unless we don’t have furkids, I just don’t see it happening.

            As far as winters, you do what you gotta do. I didn’t like Rochester, VT, or even Albany for that matter when it comes to winter.

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            1. cari Post author

              Speaking of Albany – I’m doing Troy Turkey Trot as of this morning. Is that one you do?

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                1. cari Post author

                  Yep, messaged her about it too. Hoping we’ll connect.
                  Happy hosting!

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                  1. Chocolaterunsjudy

                    I’m definitely free the day after & the rest of the weekend, too. As far as I know. You just never know when something’s going to pop up, or at least it seems that way lately.

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                    1. cari Post author

                      Seriously!
                      Not sure when I’m headed home yet, but will ping you if I’ll be around

    1. cari Post author

      When I woke to today’s monsoon I was so happy I was doing neither possible race

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