When I think of the topic five things I love, immediately my family comes to mind. But running, travel and visiting friends come close behind and are more interesting to talk about on the blog. My race registrations completed for 2016 include some really cool racecations and they have me super pumped to train and race in new places.
After spending 5 years living in England and not being a runner at the time, the London Marathon has been on my bucket list ever since I started running marathons. So imagine my delight when I was accepted as a charity fundraiser for the 2016 race. More on that in a future post, but let's just say there were some squeals at my house when I received my email confirmation. Best of all, we will get to see quite a few friends when visiting London next April. Hopefully some of them will even come out to cheer.
Ever since 2012, Christine and I have had a Disneyland Paris race on our list. Mind you, runDisney had no races planned in Paris at that time, but these two girls were hoping and dreaming that our wish would come true. When the announcement was made at the Princess Half Marathon start earlier this year, we were both shocked and delighted. About ten days ago, I spent a long time on the phone with a lovely girl who got us registered for both the 5k and half marathon at Disneyland Paris in September 2016.
Sunday, November 1st is the date of the NYC Marathon and this will be my first race in New York and my second marathon major. Heading to the city with several runners from my Without Limits group will make the weekend fun and exciting. We have post race plans to celebrate with a drink at the Plaza Hotel so that should be a great way to finish off our race weekend.
Spectating races is always a wonderful way to get motivated for your next race or training run. Last weekend I cheered and celebrated three triathletes from my group who finished their first half iron distance triathlon and not only did they finish, but they had fantastic finish times as well. These fabulous results make me more eager to do my best at my next race. This weekend will be another opportunity to be inspired by runners as we travel to DC to spectate at the Marine Corps Marathon. We can't wait to cheer for Christine and many others we know who are racing. There are six runners I have set to track on race day and the new iPhone app should make it easy.
|My turn to return the favor and cheer for Christine.|
In September, I celebrated two years of being part of Without Limits, my coached training group. This has brought so much joy to me as I train for races, including some that we travel to and race together. While this group has a wide variety of runners from young to old, slow to super speedy, everyone is very encouraging and supportive. You should try a group if you haven't already!
What is on your list?