Aitutaki, Bull of the Woods, Macon, Franconia Notch, Shenandoah Valley + Scotland’s Speyside Way
Races you'll love running + weekly recommendations
Good afternoon/evening, friends! ☀️
The heat has finally broken here in Atlanta, at least a little bit; I don’t think we reached 90 today, which is essentially a cold wave compared to what we’ve been experiencing. Hopefully it’s at least a little cooler where you are in the world too.
One quick reminder, in case you didn’t already know: we’re meeting up in person to run the Richmond Half Marathon in Richmond, Va., this November 11, so I hope you can make it! To sign up and join us, register for the race here.
I’ve set up a group for us at the registration site (the group is called “The Half Marathoner Newsletter”) and I deleted the password that had been required to add yourself to the group; some of you told me you’d been asked to enter a password to add yourself there. Let me know if you still experience any problems.
In the meantime, have an amazing run out there, and as always, let me know what’s new with your running/life. We’re taking my stepdaughter to college this weekend, so we have a big few days ahead of us — wish us luck!
I know we also have 6 miles to run for our long run this weekend (if you’re following our training plan); one thing I thought might be fun is to set up a virtual group run in our Chat area, so we could “run” our long run together and share photos there after. What do you think?
As always, keep in touch!
🏃 To run
🌲 Bull of the Woods Trail Races. A gorgeous, challenging romp through the mountains of New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley, with a 26.2-mile race that runs up Kachina Peak (to an elevation of 12,481 feet) and a half marathon that runs up nearby Fraser Peak, which reaches 12,168 feet. Between the two mountain peaks, you’ll run “a primarily single track course through alpine forests, meadows, and overlooks that will bring out your inner joy and keep you smiling all the way home,” organizers say. Set for September 9, 2023.
🏰 The Dramathon. Castles, archways, forest trails, rivers and creeks – you’ll see all this and more as you run along the Speyside Way, a 137-kilometer-long walking and running trail in the Scottish Highlands, where you’ll start at the Glenfarcas Distillery and run all the way along the occasionally hilly forest tracks and footpaths to the world-famous Glenfiddich Distillery. In between, you’ll take in the gorgeous yellows, reds and oranges of the turning fall leaves, and make your way across bridges over the River Spey, whose waters are used to make this area’s famous whiskey. Set for October 21, 2023.