Let’s talk about this, shall we?
OK, I know what several of you are thinking. It’s April, winter is long-since over with (for however long it lasts in South Florida, which was unusually short this year, even by our standards), all of the Big Local Races (halves and fulls) are done, and the FIT Season is winding down, right? The Storm Series? Little more than a breezy memory. Disney races? Goofied out. Local iterations of the big race series like 13.1 and Rock N Roll? Hasta solonga.
So what’s a FIT runner to do?
OK I know, you Big Sur runners are still deep in training, and many of us non-Big Sur types are keeping up our miles as well, but it is always noticeable that the amount of people showing up every Saturday dwindles as the season winds down. The temptation to say, “Well I’m done with races until next Fall, I can always pick it back up next August” is always prevalent. You might even pooh-pooh suggestions that maintaining a lower mileage, three-times-a-week running schedule is worthwhile.
But I implore you: DO NOT POOH-POOH!
There’s still plenty of great reasons to keep your training going, throughout the remainder of the FIT Season and afterward, through the summer until the next FIT Season starts! You’ll remain as healthy as an ox, you’ll become a stronger running by continuing to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle but to build up your stamina and form in the hotter months of the year, and you might even continue running with the same awesome buddies who keep showing up every Saturday morning at the park, even during the off-season.
It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN situation!
But that said, even though the Big Races are done, there are still more events to look forward to in South Florida in April and May. So here are a couple of local races you might want to consider (or even bringing in some fellow runners to join you!)
SOUTH FLORIDA RACE CALENDAR
|Coral Gables MS Run||4/5/2014||Coral Gables||5K run|
|Dash of Color 5K||4/5/2014||Miami Springs||5K novelty run|
|Great American Bacon Race||4/5/2014||North Miami||5k run, kids run|
|Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness 5K Run, Walk & Roll||4/6/2014||Coconut Creek||5K run|
|Rugged Runner Challenge||4/6/2014||West Palm Beach||4 Mile Obstacle run|
|Super Spartan Race||4/12/2014||Miami||9 Mile mud run/adventure race|
|Support Our Troops 10K||4/12/2014||North Palm Beach||10K run, 5k run, kids run|
|Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop 10K||4/13/2014||Boca Raton||10K run|
|down2earth Bark at the Park 5K Dog Run||4/19/2014||Hialeah||5k novelty run|
|The Human Race||4/26/2014||Hollywood||5K|
|Florida Brain Tumor Ass’n Sprint for the Cure||4/27/2014||Weston||5K run, 5K walk|
|Hollywood Running Festival||4/27/2014||Hollywood||13.1 Miles, 10K, 5K|
|SunFest TGi5K||5/2/2014||West Palm Beach||5K run|
|Heroes in Recovery||5/3/2014||Coconut Creek||6K run, 6K walk|
|Mud Mingle – Miami||5/3/2014||Miami||10K mud run, 5K mud run|
|Wings For Life World Run||5/4/2014||Sunrise||Outrun the Catcher Car!|
|ALS Recovery Fund 10K Run & 5K||5/10/2014||Coconut Grove||10K, 5K|
|The Color Run||5/10/2014||Fort Lauderdale||5K|
|Covenant House Florida 5K on A1A||5/17/2014||Fort Lauderdale||5K|
|Ft. Lauderdale Undy 5000||5/17/2014||Fort Lauderdale||5K|
|Hugs For Hope 5K Run/Walk||5/17/2014||Sunrise||5K|
|Keys100||5/17/2014||The Florida Keys||100/50 Mile Ultra, 100 Mile Relay|
|Double Road Race Ft. Lauderdale||5/18/2014||Fort Lauderdale||10K, 5K, kids run|
I’m sure there are plenty more that I’m overlooking, but you get the picture. Is the season over?
It’s not over until WE say it’s over!!
So get out there and run