I have been waiting to share my race calendar and I can’t stand it any longer. There are so many races and places that excite me on this list. So much of my race calendar was hinging on the TCS NYC Marathon, but now that I am in I was able to finalize some of the other races.
I haven’t signed up for all of them yet, but have reminders in my phone so I don’t forget to snag them before the prices jump up. A lot of you will look at this list and think I am doing too many, but a lot of you will read this and think it is not enough. All of this is relative folks! What is challenging for some is easy for others and vice versa.
On that note, let me say that nearly all of these races will be used as training runs and ways to measure my fitness. I will probably be racing a couple of them, because after all I want to hit my PR goal I set earlier this year. All of these half marathons are really just building up to the big shows…the Chicago Marathon and the NYC Marathon.
I train by myself, so races are a great way for me to run with other people and travel. The Mr. and I love to travel so naturally I like to find interesting races to run in places we want to visit. Also, the summer months get really really hot here in Atlanta so it’s nice to run in other climates.
runDisney: Tinker Bell Half Marathon (Disneyworld, CA). I am so excited to run in Disneyland because we have never been there. After completing this race I will get my Coast to Coast medal because I have already ran the Walt Disney World Marathon and the Princess Half Marathon earlier this year. I talked a little bit more about this here. #allthecastles
Vancouver USA Half Marathon (Vancouver, WA). This race has been on my list for quite some time because it looks so cozy and is in the greater Portland, Oregon area since Vancouver is just over the bridge. We have wanted to travel to Portland since we started dating and almost honeymooned there so this race is a dream come true. The course should be scenic and includes water views then ends with a beer festival. The Mr. and I can’t wait to check out wine country, the coast and of course Mt. Hood!
San Francisco Half Marathon (San Francisco, CA). The most interesting thing about this half marathon is that you can choose from two half marathon courses. The 1st course (which is the one I chose) goes over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge and the 2nd course runs through the different districts of the city. They also offer an ultra marathon option which runs the marathon course from the finish to the start then from the start back to the finish. This race is going to be challenging and is going to be killer because of the hills, but I don’t care one bit. The Mr. and I have already booked our flight, hotel and are making plans to visit Muir Woods and Napa while we are there. Also, if I spot or can grab a selfie with Dean Karnazes at the expo I might flip the heck out.
East Bay Half Marathon (Providence, RI). The Mr. sacrifices so much on our racecations so when he told me he wanted to travel and train at a gym in Massachusetts I said sure. He has three black belts and wants to visit someone that has been a mentor to him in the sport. The Mr. suggested I find a race in the area especially because he knows that August will likely be a high mileage month for me and going on a 10+ mile run on vacation isn’t always fun. I found this gem of a race online and it looks adorable. Providence has been on our list to visit so I jumped at the chance to run it. The race field is small, but I love hometown races because they always remind me of Colfax.
Revel Big Cottonwood (Salt Lake City, UT). We visited SLC last year and couldn’t love it enough. Read all about that trip here. Since then we have had dreams about going back, and since we have friends that live there it makes everything so much easier. I have been dying to run a Revel race for a while now and can’t wait to run Big Cottonwood. All the Revel races are downhill and the courses are in some of the most scenic locations. SLC in the fall is beautiful so I am most looking forward to experiencing the views from my shoes. Also, I love running in the mountains but the elevation can be challenging in most locations. Since they bus you to the top of the canyon and you run down the course actually gets easier the longer you run which is ideal. I will be training on downhills for this race, but get a lot of that already with the hills I use for hill repeats.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL). This is the BIG show friends! This will be my goal race for the entire year. I had such an incredible experience last year and I can’t wait to go back. I could go on and on about this experience forever. The course, the people, the city, the food…everything makes this race the best way to experience the marathon distance. Check out some of the other reasons here. I will be running again for Ronald McDonald House Charities. See the t-shirt information below to help me with fundraising!
TCS NYC Marathon (NYC, NY). I still get chills when it hits me that I get the opportunity to run this race. This is the mother of all marathons and is the largest marathon in the world. I want to run all the bridges, see all the boroughs and eat all the pizza. I watched this marathon on tv last year thinking about this marathon and now I can’t believe that I am running it. I know this race is going to change me and that is the most moving thing of all.
Well, that’s a wrap folks. I know there are a lot of races on this list, but a lot of them I will be using as training runs or a way for me to measure my fitness. I’ve found it’s easier for us to vacation if I have the stress of my long run out of the way. I always hate having to get up and schedule a 2+ hour run over a vacation so it’s great that I am running a race over the summer months when it’s imperative that I don’t skip a long run.
It’s also worth mentioning that my husband and I are frugal in other areas so we can afford to travel as often as we do. I also have an airline companion pass through Southwest through the end of December so we are taking full advantage of that as well. Only paying for one flight makes everything a lot easier. Read more about racecationing on a budget here and here.
T-SHIRT PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES. I will be running the Chicago Marathon again this year for charity and can’t think of a more worthy cause. To help me reach my fundraising goal click here. I am selling these adorable shirts and all the proceeds will benefit RMHC. Don’t miss out! They are super cute and come in a variety of styles and colors.
Today I am linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud!
What race are you looking forward to this year?
Do you plan races this far in advance?