Fall Racing Decision :: Will Run for BEER

It might seem a little premature to be talking about the fall racing season as the spring one hasn’t even wrapped up yet. However, the racing scene in Austin pretty much shuts down (with the exception of 5Ks) after April. The Austin 10/20 is coming up this weekend and then I head to NJ the first week of May for the Long Branch Half.

Upcoming Races

And after that, I’ve got nothing on my radar.

SO! It’s time to think about the fall. Every year since I started running I’ve done a fall destination race. 2010 was Disney’s Wine & Dine Half, 2011 was Marine Corps Marathon and 2012 was Philly Marathon.

I had a few half marathons in mind for 2013: Hartford, Wineglass, Mohawk Hudson River Half, OUC, ZOOMA Cape Cod. But after mapping out our travel schedule for the rest of the year {with Nuun Hood to Coast tentatively penciled in *fingers crossed*} we realized a fall destination race probably isn’t in the cards.

The plan for the next 13.1 is to stay semi-local. I’m 90% sure we’ll be heading south in November for the 2013 Shiner Beer Run.


This race combines two of my favorite things: running + Shiner beer. 4 complimentary frosty beers at the finish for each runner? A medal that doubles as a bottle opener? A race that starts and finishes at the Spoetzl Brewery? I’m having a hard time coming up with reasons NOT to run this race.

Shiner Beer Run

My sub-2 goal might get pushed to the beginning of 2014 considering the arch issues I’ve been having lately. Long Branch is not going to be a PR attempt and I’m absolutely okay with that. It’s part of a vacation to New Jersey to see my family and I’ll just be happy to see how far the area has come since I was up there in November post-Sandy.

If I had to guess, I’d say my sub-2 attempt will be at 3M in January 2014. But that’s REALLY far away, so we shall see!

Do you have your fall goal race picked out yet? Is it a destination race?

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  1. I ran Shiner last year, it was very will organized and put together! It’s a great event, LOTS of rolling hills, the elevation chart is kind of misleading. But, it is a fun event!
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    • I’ve heard about that hill things. Luckily there is lots of beer at the finish to keep you moving! Glad to hear it was fun + well organized. We’re really looking forward to it!

      Do you think you’ll run it again this year?

  2. I picked my fall goal race (Trenton Half Marathon) back at the end on January. The race isn’t until November, and after some good races this spring, I’m thinking about registering for something sooner and then running Trenton just for fun. Decisions, decisions.
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    • Sometimes I wish I still lived in the northeast. So many great races up there! Have you run Wineglass or Hartford? I’ve heard great things about both and they are the beginning of Oct. Maybe a tuneup for your November race?

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