April 16, 2014

What's on my race calendar!

After qualifying for Boston at the Quintiles Marathon last month, I have been thinking about what should be on my race calendar through April 2015.  After a last minute application for the Marine Corps Marathon lottery was accepted, it seemed the perfect time to plan out my race calendar for the next twelve months! Easy right?  Well not exactly.  This morning I had a long conversation with coach Sami trying to figure out what I should add, and what should be eliminated from my potential race list. Here are my races so far, and I may add a couple shorter ones this summer just for fun.

April 27, 2014 ,Divas Half Marathon North Myrtle Beach:  I can't wait to pace Mitzie for her first half marathon.  We have team shirts (8 girls from my running group will be racing) and we will be all gussied up in black tank tops with pink trim/letters and pink shorts or skirts.

August 6, 2014, Rock 'n Roll Dublin: So excited to be running in Ireland with my best running buddy! Christine and I are thrilled to be Rock 'n' Bloggers for this event and look forward to a week vacation in Ireland along with racing in such a fun city!

August 31, 2014, Rock 'n Roll Virginia Beach: I will be looking for a relay partner for this race soon! Christine will be doing this race, and I plan to either be on the sidelines cheering, volunteering, or participating as a relay runner if I can find a partner!

October 4, 2014, Tower of Terror 10 Miler: This will be our first time to run this race, and it will be a fun way to celebrate Christine's birthday weekend.  Tickets to Mickey's not so scary Halloween Party and trick or treating in Magic Kingdom will be part of our fun Friday night!

October 26, 2014, Marine Corps Marathon: Last year Christine ran this marathon as her first full marathon.  Her experience was so great that it made me want to register for the race.  To say I was shocked to get an entry is an understatement.  My email came through very late on the day that runners were notified.  But a hotel has been booked and I am ready to have this great experience of running in DC!

February 22, 2015, Disney Princess Half Marathon: This will be my fifth Princess half and this one should be a blast. Both Christine and Alison will be running (I hope) and we will form teams of mother/daughter and sister/sister if I can be part of two different teams.  We have loved this weekend and some of our favorite running friends (Krista, Megan, Lacey and Meranda) are committed to run this weekend too!

April 20, 2015, Boston Marathon: My goal race and I can't wait.  There will be no pressure on finishing in a certain time, but I want to be well prepared for the tough course. Sami will be working me extra hard after Marine Corps so I am in great shape for race day. And the race is on my sister's birthday (not the running sister Alison) and hopefully lots of family and friends will be along the course!

May 10, 2015, Tinkerbell Half Marathon: Not only will we run this race for the first time, but it gives us another chance to experience the parks in California where we had so much fun during the Dumbo Challenge.  Hopefully there is a mother/daughter team event during the Tink half too!

April, 2016, London Marathon: After living in England for five years, this will be a dream race for me.  Spending any time in this wonderful city is always entertaining and I will be so excited to race there.  It's a shame I did not run while living overseas.  There would have been many race options!

I'm pretty sure there will not be any more big races added to this list until after April 2015! It seems like a very full load, and some races will be run as training runs. Do you map out your races this far in advance?  What special race is on your bucket list?
(Pam)

43 comments:

  1. That is an awesome race calendar! I can't wait to hear about your experience in Ireland! I've planned out my big races up until the beginning of next year :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. It's always fun to put together a race calendar Karen. Now I just need to stay healthy!@

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  2. Nice race calendar, and with two international races!! You are going to have an awesome year!

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    1. Thanks Lauren, very excited about Rock 'n Roll Dublin!

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  3. What an awesome race calendar!? I'm so excited to follow your journey ��

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    1. Thanks Cyanne. I hope I haven't put too many races on my calendar!

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  4. Great calendar, Pam! I just found out on Monday that I will be running Chicago in the Fall, so that will help me determine what other races I will be running in 2015. I don't think the Full (or Goofy) at Disney is going to be in the cards in the coming year because I'm thinking either Big Sur or London. As much as Mary, Michelle, and I enjoy going to Disney, we want to check out some of the other awesome venues for racing and visiting, too. I'm not running Wine and Dine this year because we're heading to Savannah for a nice weekend and the Rock n Roll Savannah events.

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    1. Congrats Pete on getting into Chicago! That is on my bucket list too. Rock 'n Roll races are really fun and Savannah is supposed to be a cool city too. Look forward to hearing about both those races!

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  5. You've got so many fun and exciting races to look forward to, Pam! I can't wait to follow along in your training journey, especially as you prepare for Boston! Hopefully I see you and Christine in Virginia Beach for Rock 'n' Roll.

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    1. Kathryn, I hope we see you in Virginia Beach too! Training for Boston will be tough, but I will be ready for the challenge once summer is over.

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  6. Wow that's quite a race calendar! Definitely makes me seem like a bit of a slacker lol I can't wait to read all the recaps for what I'm sure will be an amazing experience for each race! :)

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    1. Kellie, everyone has to decide how many races to include on their calendar. I am especially excited about Rock 'n Roll Dublin and touring Ireland afterwards!

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  7. What fun races you have planned! Many of the same ones are on our list too! Those Diva series races look like much fun!

    We have our races planned up to May of 2015. It kind of scares me to have something planned that far in advance! (I don't even think I planned my wedding that far out...haha)

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    1. Meranda, It is amazing how much I plan everything around races now! Planning races is almost as bad as planning for a wedding!

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  8. Looking forward to reading all the recaps of your amazing races! Jealous of your calendar!

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    1. Thanks Elena. I am excited about all of these races!

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    1. Jenn, Glad to know someone else who is running Marine Corps!

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  10. You've got some amazing races planned! I'm particularly jealous of your international ones!

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    1. I love to travel, so these seemed like perfect races to include on my race calendar!

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  11. What an amazing race schedule!! I cannot wait to follow you ladies along virtually! :)

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    1. Thanks Jen. Christine has a few different ones than me, but we still have a few fun ones (including the Disney ones) to run together!

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  12. Wow. Dublin, MCM, Boston, London... you have the marathon list! This is pure gold!

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    1. Abby, My goal is to run all the majors and hopefully in a specific goal time. Can you tell I am a little competitive? haha

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  13. Love your race schedule. Can't wait to follow along :) also hope we cross paths at ToT :)

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    1. We are staying at Boardwalk for Tower of Terror Suzanne. Where will you be? Definitely would love to see you!

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  14. What an awesome race lineup!!! I will see you at the Princess Half! I will make it a point to meet you and Christine that weekend instead of when I missed y'all in January! ;-)

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    1. Mindy, We have to meet at Princess next year!

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  15. Wow! What an amazing race schedule! Some bucket list races for me too! I can't wait to read along!

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    1. Thanks Lena. I hope this is not too much, but I am excited about each and every one

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  16. looking forward to following along...you are my inspiration Pam!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. I am so excited that nearly every race listed will be a new one for me. Boston of course is and has always been my goal so next April will be pretty special for me!

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  17. All your races sound great! Especially the International ones. We will see you in Feb for sure. Sad to hear that you won't be at the marathon weekend but sounds like you have a very full schedule for next year. I can only book my races in advance if I know I have vacation during that time. Otherwise, I only know my schedule a month out and cannot committ too early for races.

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    1. Lacey, I never thought about your schedule making it difficult to register for races. Will you be at marathon weekend?

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  18. Wow - what a calendar!!! I'm glad to see you'll be at Tower of Terror this year - we will have to meet up again!!!

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    1. Yes Kristen, we need to meet up at Tower of Terror!

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  19. Wow both Boston and London. If you manage to squeeze in New York it'll be like the Holy Trinity of Marathons in one year. Can't wait to read about it all. You can also come visit us down here in Puerto Rico if you like (and like running in the heat : ) ) We have an edition of the Divas Half as well.

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    1. Thanks Frank. I can't wait to run Boston, and hopefully my sister decided to try to qualify in May and then I will have a pal to run with!

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  20. I am completely and 100 percent jealous of your race calendar! Dublin? London? BOSTON? Such incredible races (and experiences!) -- can't wait to read all about them! I'll be at ToT this year, too, hope to see you guys! :)

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    1. Jennifer, As to be expected, I am most excited about Boston, and I just found out this week that my coach is hoping to go back again next year with me.

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  21. That's an impressive race calendar! London is one of my favorite cities. I'd love to run it one day. I'm thinking Marine Corps in 2015 if I can get in.

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    1. I love London too Jamie. It is probably my favorite foreign city! Hope you get chosen in the MCM lottery. I was really lucky this year.

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  22. What an awesome racing calendar! London is on my bucket list since it is my favorite city as well after having spent 9 months there studying while in college.
    I'll be at the ToT this year in my longest runDisney event yet with my goal to do the 2016 WDW Marathon!

    Happy running!!

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