Spring Race Schedule

When its 70 degrees in the beginning of February, you start dreaming about your spring race schedule!  While I’ve had some of these on the schedule for awhile (here’s looking at you Shamrock), unless you take a peek at my Race Schedule page, you’d never know what I’ve got up my sleeve!

Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

February 7, 2016 – Game Day 5k (Newport News, VA)

March 19, 2016 – Shamrock 8k (Virginia Beach, VA)

March 20, 2016 – Shamrock Half Marathon (Virginia Beach, VA)

April 2, 2016 – April Fools 7k (Atlantic City, NJ)

April 16, 2016 – ODU Big Blue 5k (Norfolk, VA)

The Game Day 5k this week is something that I’ve wanted to check out the past few years and never got around to  it.  I’m excited about it, as its in a city I love and has pretty awesome swag.

You may remember that I deferred my Dolphin Challenge for Shamrock until this year. I don’t feel particularly ready for it this year, but I’m not injured like I was last year.  I’ve decided to employ a walk/run strategy.  I’ll be walking the 8k with some of my co-workers (my work sponsors the 8k), and walk/run the half.

Just yesterday, I added the April Fools 7k to my schedule.  Hollie has said nothing but good things about the race, so I decided to give it a try.  My husband likes to go up to Atlantic City to go to the casinos every once and awhile, so I thought it could be a good trip for us.  I also am a sucker for less traditional race distances, since I always stick with 5ks, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is my first race out of the state where I live!

The ODU Big Blue 5k will be my husband’s first race, and my first time doing this particular race.  I’m excited about it!

I may add one or two more before summer, but we’ll see!

How is your spring schedule shaping up?  Do you ever travel for races? 

 

2015 Race Schedule

I’ve given a lot of thought to my schedule for 2015.  In fact, I’ve been thinking about it since November when I started thinking about new year’s resolutions!  I learned a lot of lessons about running, training, and my race schedule in 2014.  One of the biggest takeaways: I hate training for half marathons.  My body does not prefer long distances.  Then, mentally, I get discouraged, and its a bad cycle.  I do, however, like the challenge of a half marathon.

So! This is how I thought about planning for 2015:

1. Only one half marathon

2. Do the races that you LOVE

3. Try some new races

4. Other than the one half, stick with 10k or shorter distances

5. Stay injury free!

I’m very excited about this schedule.  I think it will be much more manageable, less stressful, and I will really get to ENJOY the run.  I also hope that by sticking with mostly shorter distances, I will be able to get my speed improved!

If all goes well, here is my schedule for 2015!

February

Game Day 5k or 10k

March

Shamrock 8k

Shamrock Half Marathon

April

Big Blue 5k

May

Chickfila 5k or 10k

Run for the Dream 8k (possibly – this is the week before my wedding…)

June

I get married!!!

July

Allen Stone Run/Swim/Run

*Kristin and Hollie have said nothing but good things about this race, I’m thinking about giving it a shot!

October

Crawlin Crab 5k

Wicked 10k

November

Harbor Lights 5k

Alumni 5k

December

ChristmasTown 8k

Surf N Santa 5 miler

 

Have you already planned your race schedule for 2015? Do you prefer longer or shorter distances?

Is it too early for New Year’s Resolutions?

Thanks for letting me whine the past few days.  This community is so wonderful and so supportive.  After much counseling from you all and from my trainer, I think I’ve got a game plan for next year that’ll make me happy, not burn me out, and hopefully keep me injury free.

So, I’ve been doing some reflecting on the races that I choose.  I’ve come to learn that as much as I love the challenge of a half-marathon, I don’t know that I’m meant to do a lot of them (at least at this time).  I remember a post from my friend Lee when he talked about being a 5k-er.  That is HIS distance.  Sure, he can do half marathons and marathons (and is a total beast at them!) but in his heart of hearts, he loves a 5k.

I don’t know that I feel a strong pull toward any one distance, but I do know that I’m not defined by the distance that I do/do not run.  Any distance at all makes me a runner.  I just have to decide what keeps me happy AND healthy.

So, I think my strategy at this time will be to do no more than 2 half-marathon’s a year, and stick with shorter distances.  I’d like to do a spring half and a fall half.  But if I only want to do one, it’ll be the spring half (Shamrock!).  It was my first half, I love it, and I’ve already signed up for it 🙂 There are so many good short distance races in the fall, and I’d like to be able to do more of them.

This is what a dream schedule (not necessarily actual) would look like for me:

March: Shamrock Dolphin Challenge (8k and Half) *signed up already

May: Chickfila 5k or 10k

Maybe something in June/July/August?

September: Rock N Roll 5k

Early October: Crawlin Crab 5k

Late October: Wicked 10k

Early November: CNU Alumni 5k

Late November: Harbor Lights 5k or Half

Early December: ChristmasTown 8k

Late December: Surfin Santa 5 miler

I think I’d like to stick with 10k or under.  I want to end up with more quality races than quantity. I think I can do 5k’s more frequently if I’m doing far fewer long distance races.  My fall would be pretty race heavy, but if I drop the half and just do the shorter distances, I think I’ll be ok.

Realistically, if I need to cut down, I’ll just do the J&A Races: Shamrock, Crawlin Crab, Wicked, Surfin Santa.

I want to enjoy the run.  I want to stay healthy.  I want to do the races I love and not have the training kill me.  If I’m honest, I want to get back to my faster times.  The only way I’m going to get there (speaking for me personally) is if I stick with shorter distances.

Also, I want to try to keep some more consistent weekly mileage, even if its relatively low mileage.  I’m really enjoying all the other activities I’m doing, so I want to keep room for them.

I’m starting to have a sense of peace about this plan.  Its given me direction and focus to push through the end of the year with the promise of a new start.

Thank you guys for being so awesome.

Are you already thinking about new year’s resolutions? What race distances do you love? How do you find balance when planning a race schedule?

Winter Race in the cards again?

Look, I know its August.  I know that we haven’t even gotten into the fall racing season – but this girl is looking forward to CHRISTMAS.

About a few weeks ago, I got some news at work that made me sad.  We have a huge project that will take place over the first weekend in December.  That meant that I would not be able to do a Christmas themed 10-miler that I really wanted to do.  It would have been my first 10 miler.  However, I was a bit nervous about doing a 10 miler only 2 weeks after my goal half-marathon (so I was secretly relieved).

But the wind has changed direction, and there were some big changes!  The race is now a 5 miler and changed weekends!  It’ll be on December 20th in VA Beach.  In addition to changing it to a 5 miler, they have made it an evening race, starting at 4:30pm.

I have mixed feelings about this change.  I LOVE that I can do it now, but am unsure how I feel about an evening race, that’ll be a new one for me.  I am indifferent about the race distance changing.  A 5 miler is still a new race distance for me (though I’m no stranger to an 8k), but I was really looking forward to the 10 miler.

Anyways – the Surfin Santa is back in the cards for me!

Do you have a Christmas themed race you like to do? Have you ever had a major change to a race you wanted to do?  Has work ever kept you from doing a race?