January 27, 2015

2015 Race Plans

I know January is already nearly over and it's about time that I worked on my 2015 race schedule. But to be honest, I'm enjoying my laid back approach to running (and racing) this year. While I'll be back for some repeat races, I'm really excited about some new races this year. So what bibs will I be donning on my tech shirts? Let's see...

Glass Slipper Challenge at Walt Disney World, Feb 2015 - Registered!
I've already mentioned why I'm looking forward to this race weekend. I have 4 more weeks of training and a few long runs ahead of me. I don't have any PR dreams for these races although I may try to run "fast" in the 10k.

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon in Washington DC, March 2015 - Registered!
I love running in DC for the sights and the patriotic camaraderie. I'm debating adding the 5k on Saturday so I can get the remix challenge medal, but I'm not 100% certain on that yet. I'm using this race as one of my 3 Tour Pass races.

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in Washington, DC, April 2015 - Debating!
I have a guaranteed race entry after volunteering at last year's race but I'm really on the fence. I've heard really mixed reviews on this race and more negative ones than positive ones.

BAA 5k in Boston, April 2015 - Planning to register!
While I won't be toeing the starting line in Hopkinton on the 20th, I'm hoping to get to experience a slice of the Boston Marathon racing experience during marathon weekend.

Pixie Dust Challenge in Anaheim, CA, May 2015 - Registered!
Mom and I are celebrating Mother's Day in the most perfect way - a new race challenge in Disneyland! I'm debating making one of these races a PR attempt. I figure I'll have enough time to get some endurance and some speed work under my belt.

Now...here's when the fun begins. After May, I have nothing, zippy, zilch, nada, on my race calendar! And as a Rock 'n' Blogger with the Rock 'n' Roll race series, I have two additional races to round out my Tour Pass. I'm considering:
- Chicago in July (so I can see my buddy Cyanne)
- Virginia Beach in September, but I've done this before and it's hot as hades!
- Vegas in November because....Vegas!
- San Antonio in December as a good excuse to go visit some dear friends who moved to the lone star state

And as for other races that are on my short list:
- Army 10 miler in October
- Navy-Air Force Half Marathon in September

What would you recommend? I have a two hour delay this morning so I look forward to your good ideas...and perhaps a few races that I can register for while I'm leisurely sipping my coffee and enjoying the flurries!
{Christine}

19 comments:

  1. Highly recommended the Indianapolis Monumental half November 7th- great race, course and support!

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  2. Looks like you have some fun races coming up! You'll love RnRDC. I loved my experience last year, but since I want to PR at Shamrock the week after I decided not to register for back to back half marathons, even though I contemplated walking most of DC. As you know, my Cherry Blossom experience wasn't great last year, but I'm willing to give it one more try this year since Preston's two experiences running the race have been positive. For my Tour Pass, I'm definitely returning to Virginia Beach (I look at RnRVB as a fun way to close out summer before the new school year starts), and am contemplating Chicago and San Antonio as well, but am waiting for them to announce the new date for Philly before I make my final decision. I'm also contemplating Army Ten Miler and the Navy-Air Force Half. There's so many races to choose from, and definitely not enough time to run them all in!

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  3. Sounds like a great start to 2015! :) I tend to avoid RnR San Antonio because everyone down here complains about the hills. Then again, we're all used to a zero incline! Good luck!

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  4. Running a race in DC is on my bucket list. I wouldn't care which either. The prospect of running along all those monuments redefines the term "Scenic". I would do Vegas. It's at night and sounds like raunchier Wine and Dine. Carefuly though. I would do it very carefuly. Vegas... well, it's Vegas you know?

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  5. RnR Chicago was great! I didn't see a full on your plan... Chicago Marathon lottery opens soon!

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  7. I'll be volunteering at RnR DC! You'll probably finish before my 9 am shift starts at the finish line, but I hope I can see at some point!

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  8. We are in the same boat as you. After Pixie Dust Challenge we are not registered for any other races. Lacey and I will both do RnR VA Beach and then we will probably go our separate ways for the additional two RnR Races. I think she may do some on the West Coast and I want to stay more on the East Coast! Can't wait to see what you choose. Perhaps we will see you at some of the races! -M

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  9. great list-I really want to run in DC asap!

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  10. Sounds like it's going to be a great year for you both! I can't wait to add some races to my calendar in late 2015 :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  11. I loved everything about the BAA 5K. I would do it again this year, but have a wedding to attend. Navy Air Force Half has a very similar course to CB10 and I find it less crowded - flat and PR worthy :)

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  12. i love cherry blossom! yes, it's crowded but it's beautiful and fun. i think you'd like it. navy air force is a very similar course to cherry blossom with a bit of an addition - great race. my vote is obvi for the dc races on your list :)

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  13. I recommend doing the cherry blossom. I'm in for the third year in a row and I LOVE this race. Not sure what negatives you've heard, but a lot of it is the same course as marine corp, so you know what to expect. I'm gunning for a sub-90 finish time. It can be done! Join me :)

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  14. I just started planning too, and I also don't know which Rock 'n' Roll races I am doing, but I too am thinking maybe Chicago.

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  15. That's a LOT of racing! (no fulls this year?) Maybe I'll see you when you're in DC! That reminds me, I need to figure out who to give my volunteer bib from Cherry Blossom to, and how/when.

    Gotta say, Chicago in July is nothing to take lightly in terms of heat and humidity potential. It can be nice weather but it can be brutal. (and crowds and expensive hotel rooms around the 4th and Taste of Chicago....but if you like that sort of thing)

    San Antonio might be nice, can be fun to visit. I think Beth at Shut Up & Run did Vegas, and maybe also Dorothy at MilePosts. They might have input.

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  16. This is so me right now...after spending all of my time/energy focusing on Goofy, I am just NOW starting to plan my 2015 race schedule! I did the RnR DC last year (the full, though) and the first half was an absolute blast! Great course, lots of spectators...super fun. Super jealous that you guys get to do the Pixie Dust Challenge -- hoping to be able to go back to DL to do that in the next year or two!

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  17. Jealous of the GSC. I'll be at RnR DC too! I'm really excited for it. Maybe I'll see you around. I didn't put in for lottery this year for Cherry Blossom but I had a great time and really positive experience last year. For what its worth, 4 stars in BibRave with 100% recommend. My review is in there and on the blog. http://www.bibrave.com/races/cherry-blossom-10-mile#

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  18. Jealous of the GSC. I'll be at RnR DC too! I'm really excited for it. Maybe I'll see you around. I didn't put in for lottery this year for Cherry Blossom but I had a great time and really positive experience last year. For what its worth, 4 stars in BibRave with 100% recommend. My review is in there and on the blog. http://www.bibrave.com/races/cherry-blossom-10-mile#

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