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March 2017

Welcome, sweet springtime.

Time to put the winter running clothes away for good (I hope). What a strange, confusing winter this was, seeing as how much of it had stretches of summer-like weather.

I like racing. I can't help myself. I'd rather race than go on training runs. Something about pinning on a race number (and, if I'm honest with myself, getting the swag) appeals to me.

Here, then, are my upcoming spring races:

4/1: Richland Creek Run. A lovely five-miler that benefits and largely incorporates the paved greenway trails in my fair city.

4/15: Purity Dairies "The Smitty" 15k. This longstanding event added a 15K last year. The downside? The event sponsor, a dairy, ran out of promised ice cream treats before those of us who did the longest distance were through. (The sponsor, to its credit, sent a coupon for a box of whatever item--e.g. nutty-buddies, ice cream sandwiches--a few weeks later.) My advice: Don't let the kids of the people who ran the 5K raid the stash.

4/22: Shade Tree Trot 5K. Haven't done this race before, but I have a friend who works with the race beneficiary, a free medical clinic. This course goes around the campus of my alma mater (Go 'Dores!).

4/29: Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half-Marathon. Too big, too crowded, and most likely too hot. And yet, last year, though I thought I was not even close to race-ready running shape, I came within 70 seconds of my PR.

5/29: Chattanooga Chase 8K. My favorite race. Let's put it this way: This race is old enough that I remember being a kid and thrilled that runners wearing actual numbers on their singlets were running on my street, past my house. My mom still lives in that house, and I'll be running past her and other assorted family members. Circle of life...


In the meantime, enjoy this springtime treat: