I plan. I can’t help it. It’s just in my nature. I plan my little heart out. I am constantly thinking and looking ahead. I am also goals person. Say what you will, but I can’t help that either.
I am already planning events and trips for months in the future. I have done a solid job of not over booking myself with races and am not allowing myself to sign up for a spring marathon. I know it’s only late January, but this is still a win for me.
With all that being said, I am finally starting to pencil out my race calendar for the coming months and I am pleased with how it’s looking so far. Since this post, I have stayed true to my promise to myself and am sticking to my strategy.
I am pleased to announce that I will not be running a half marathon or race the month of March. I debated on running the Georgia Publix half marathon here in Atlanta at the end of March, but after weighing everything I think I am going to pass. The weather is usually gross during this race, the course is really hilly and even with my Atlanta Track Club discount the entry fee is still a little pricey for me right now.
Instead of running the Georgia Publix half marathon I have decided to run the Knoxville Half Marathon in April. My sorority big sister has lived in Knoxville for as long as I remember and I keep telling myself that I need to get up there and see her, so this is the perfect opportunity. The race is on a Sunday so we will have the whole weekend to visit and hang out then I can run the race and come home.
Knoxville is also only about 3 hours from ATL, so it will be the perfect weekend trip. Tennessee hills never disappoint so I am planning on a hilly, but scenic course. This race also falls at just the right break in my schedule. Don’t forget I’m attending the RRCA certification course in April too!
Sometimes it frustrates me when my family or friends can’t understand that I need to plan certain races out months and months in advance. I also don’t think that they realize that the training alone can consume up to 5 months of your time, let alone the fact that most big races require you to register or enter the lottery months in advance. The Mr. and I also have to be very particular about planning trips financially and hotel rates and flights are always way cheaper when you can book far enough ahead of time.
All this leads me to announcing that I have already committed to run the Chicago Marathon in October for Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. After my experience last year there wasn’t really a question that I would be back for another go! This course and atmosphere brings all the feels ya’ll! And the opportunity to run for Team RMHC just makes the whole experience that much sweeter. I’ve also already booked the Palmer House for the weekend of the race. I can still cancel if something comes up and I didn’t have to pay in advance, but was still able to lock in rates that were cheaper than last year.
Also, if you follow the TCS NYC Marathon then you know the lottery opened up last week. Well, you guessed it…I entered. Why the heck not?! It’s New York! If given the opportunity, you run New York. After Chicago last year I wanted another big marathon and it panged me to read about all the races everyone was doing when my race season was virtually over. I don’t want to feel that sadness again, so I entered the lottery with the hopes of knocking off another Marathon Major. Some people may think it’s crazy to want to run Chicago and NYC in the same year, but the races are almost one month apart and since I’ve done Chicago already I think I’m mentally prepared for the challenge of running both.
The NYC Marathon has its own quirks and logistical issues, but I think it’s worth putting my name in the hat to see what happens. If I don’t get picked up in the lottery then maybe I will throw my name in for MCM or another race. Who knows?!
I’m linking up with Amanda today over at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud. Check out all her yummy recipes!
Do you plan your races far in advance?
Are you already thinking about fall marathon season?