Today’s Outdoors page in The Roanoke Times featured a listing up upcoming races in the region. There was a long list of running races, and a not-so-long one featuring bike races, triathlons and the like.
This was not a complete list. I had sought input, but some race organizers who didn’t see my calls for submissions missed out. At least on this list. I run events listings in notes columns, the weekly outdoors calendar and the like.
Speaking of running, in an earlier post, hard core endurance athlete and hunter Brandon Lindsey made a comment about Wild Lifers getting together for a post-race photo after the Blue Ridge Marathon, which Lindsey is tackling again this year. I know Ralph Barton has done the half before, as has Steve Stone. I don’t know about Ralph, but I’m pretty sure Steve is running because I’ve passed him in training a few times out there on the road this winter.
I’ll help Brandon coordinate a post-race photo and be happy to post it here. Unfortunately, I won’t be in it. Nor will I be able to take the shot. I wasn’t planning to run this year as last year’s half really trashed my legs (the downhill; not the uphill) and, while I love the race, I was worried about that happening again. I can’t afford that as I train for that July Ironman I’m committed to.
Anyway, as it turns out, some Roanoke Times-related travel came up and I won’t even be in town. That’s a bummer as I love covering the event.
Even if you’re not tackling the Blue Ridge half or full, take a look at the list and sign up for an event or two (such as the fun Run with Grace, pictured here).Training for a race is a great way to get in shape for hunting season, which will be here before we know it.