I was running alone on the Prairie Path near my home Sunday morning, thinking aboutt the upcoming running season. As I was running solo, many of my friends were downtown enjoying the annual 'kick-off to the running season', the Shamrock Shuffle. It's a great race that is typically part of my calendar every year. But not this year. I had a family conflict. It was a strange missing it. I felt a little left out as many of my friends talked about it.
But I'm getting used to that feeling this year so far. I've also missed a couple other races that are normally part of my regular calendar. The F3 Lake half marathon and the March Madness half marathon both managed to go on without my participation this year!
Schedule conflicts, injuries, and other issues have gotten in the way of my running those races. And, much to my dissappointment, that trend seems likely to continue throughout much of this racing season.
But when one door closes, another often opens right? I've discovered some fun, and free, alternatives happening around town on weeknights. The first of them comes up Tuesday, March 31. It involved more than just a run, in fact, it's a full workout in the park sponsored by Mountain Athletics and The North Face. Details are on the flyer.
But wait, there's more! Thursday Nike is doing something pretty cool by Buckingham Fountain. Not sure if they have any openings left, but it sounds like a fun promotion. The following is from their invitation:Nike is placing treadmills on Queens Landing just behind the Buckingham Fountain, overlooking Lake Michigan for a one-of-a-kind experience – Free Stride. The 45-minute speed-training workout will be lead by Nike Run Club Coaches for you to weartest the new Nike Free 3.0.
The workouts will be during sunrise and sunset and enhanced by a vivid lighting display that provide the feeling that you’re on a runway extending over the water into the horizon.
I've never been big on treadmill running, but this sounds too unique to pass up!
I'm sure I will get back into the racing cycle as the next few months roll around, but in the meantime, there is some fun stuff coming up.
So if I don't see you on the roads, I'll see you in the park.....