That is the positive part about being 'injured' - I have gained at least 4 hours per week, not to mention more energy on a Saturday afternoon through not hauling myself out of bed for a 15+ mile run in the morning.
However, even with these benefits, I can hardly wait to run again. So I've been amusing myself by looking for events I might be able to enter if my fitness level allows. If you're in California, will you be considering any of these?
- March 21, Across the Bay (12km)
I've done this race twice before and it's a wonderful route from Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge and along the waterfront into San Francisco. But frankly, I only want to do it this year if I can give my previous time a good kicking, and I'm not sure I can get fit enough in 5 weeks (even if my knee behaves).
- April 11, Santa Cruz (half marathon)
This looks wonderfully scenic but I've heard it's hilly!
- July 11, Los Gatos (half marathon)
- July 25, San Francisco (half or full marathon)
This is how it all started - Beloved Husband did this last year and frankly, made it look a bit too easy. Muggins here promptly signed up for Napa, and you know the rest. :)
I won't be fit for 26 miles by this date, but I quite fancy the second half of the course. Last year, this race was timed so that in theory Beloved Husband could do the full 26 miles and I could join for the second half. That's a nice option to keep in mind if you and a friend have different running abilities.
- October 3, San Jose Rock 'n' Roll (half marathon)
We did this for the first time last year - it's a nice route and well-organized race, but this year I have a somewhat stretching goal of getting 2:08 down to 1:something.
- October 3, Sacramento (marathon)
- October 10, Wine Country (marathon)
- October 31, Silicon Valley (half or full marathon)
- November 7, San Francsico (half marathon)
If I fail to beat 2 hours in October, I might still be chasing it on this date.
- December 5, Sacramento (marathon)
Realistically speaking, I really do hope to be in fit shape for a marathon by this time.