Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Race Schedule

In a previous post, I mentioned I'm not running a marathon in 2015. Instead, I'm going to focus my training on the shorter distances that I love - 5k and 10k - and work on improving my time in the half marathon - a distance that my relationship with can best be described as love/hate. 

Below is my tentative race schedule. I highlighted my goal races although I'm still working with Coach Matt to determine goal times!

Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay - I'm running this one with Oiselle teammates Sheila, Kim and Kristine. The main goal is to improve on last year's time while still having tons of fun in the process!

Kim, Sheila and I at last year's race!

Snowball Shootout 5k - This race is part of the Winter Run Series. Since winter running is not really a strength of mine, I'm more using these races as workouts than all-out efforts.

Cupid Shuffle 5k - See Snowball Shootout

Luck of the Irish 5k - See Snowball Shootout

Door County 5k - I was under the weather when I ran this race last year. So this year I hope to run healthy and crush last year's time!

After last year's DC race - looking forward to doing this one again!

Rock n Sole Quarter Marathon - This will be an automatic PR for me as I've never raced a quarter marathon. In fact, I've always kind of believed it to be a 'fake' distance, if that makes sense, so have avoided doing one. But this year, the race works well with my schedule so I'm going to take a stab at it!

Chicago Rock N Roll Half Marathon - The weather is always a major factor for this race - will it be hot? Humid? Both? As such, I set my expectations pretty low and while I'd love to run faster than last year, I'll see what the day holds. 

The race to the finish line at last year's #RNRCHI

Race for the Bacon 5k - This is one of my absolute favorite races. While I enjoy running in Sheridan Park, I'm more in it for the bacon at the end of the race ;)

Hurry, there's bacon at the finish!

Lake Country Half Marathon - I'm already a bit nervous about this race. I've raced it before so know the course and think it plays to my strengths. Just a matter of getting in a solid block of training before the big day and then seeing what I can do when it's time to go!

Milwaukee Running Festival 1 Mile - Another automatic PR! Believe it or not, I've never raced a mile so I'm really looking forward to this one. Should be a leg-burning, awesome time.

Milwaukee Running Festival 5k - As practice for the San Antonio races later in the year, I'm going to race back-to-back days. Plus, I want to be in on all the action and excitement at the first Milwaukee Running Festival!

San Antonio Rock N Roll 10k - This will be my first true destination race and I think it will be a lot of fun! Since I was selected as a Rock N Blog team member (more on this to come), I knew I'd want to race additional Rock N Roll races this year. So San Antonio it is!

San Antonio Rock N Roll 5k - If I'm traveling to San Antonio for a race, I figure ... why not do two races? ;)

Tell me: What's on your 2015 race schedule? 

If we're doing any of the same races, let's meet up! :)

- ST

16 comments:

  1. Wow you have an impressive schedule!!! I am seriously jealous of all your race plans:) I have a few tentatively set, I am just getting back into racing after a 2 year layoff from a work injury. I haven't booked anything yet, but I am hoping to start running marathons again in March, I am waiting a few more weeks to register to see if my body (injury) is ready to push onto the higher mileage first:) But once I know, I will start registering too:) I only wish I could add as many as you have this year:)

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    1. I'm so happy you were able to figure out your injury so you can recover and get back to running marathons again :) Looking forward to hearing which ones make your list!

      I am a ridiculous planner so like to figure out my races at the start of the year. It's possible things will change but like having a tentative list!

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  2. You've got a lot of awesome races lined up. I love that you're doing a mix of courses you've done and a mix of new ones... PLUS NEW DISTANCES! Automatic PR *woop woop*! I need to try new distances but I get so caught up in mastery of the ones I run that I never sign up for anything else. Maybe now is the time to try....

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    1. Definitely give a new distance a try this year :) Along with a marathon - which I'm crossing my fingers for you that you'll be able to do one in 2015 - maybe a shorter distance, too?

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  3. you had me at bacon. yum! and fun! um, question - is there a girl running in a BOOT behind you in that chicago pic???

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    1. Lol!! I think she is running in a boot! Props to her - there's no way you'd catch me doing a half marathon wearing a boot!

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  4. I've never heard of a quarter marathon, that's kinda cool! Random distances can be fun sometimes! I don't have any races scheduled yet, but there's a 15k in March that I'm thinking about doing, I've never done one before. I can't wait to hear all about your half marathon and other adventures this year!

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    1. A 15k should be a fun race! I've never done one but think it would be a nice distance - longer than a 10k but shorter than a half. Maybe I'll get some training tips for that distance from your blog in the upcoming months :)

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  5. That's a great schedule! I have Boston, New York, Flying Monkey, St Jude Memphis, and whatever little races I decide to mix in!

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    1. That sounds like a great year to me! Boston and New York will be amazing - two races I hope to run someday!

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  6. It sounds like you have a fun year planned! I took a few months off running due to plantar fasciitis brought on by marathon training. I am slowly returning to running and the first race I have planned is not until the Pewaukee 5K Classic in July. I am also eyeing the Fox Valley Half Marathon in St Charles, Illinois in September. That's about it. I might add races depending on how I feel, a 10K would be nice since I haven't run one in a while. It's a lot less structured than I normally am. And I am really looking forward to not running more than 14 or 15 miles for a long run this year! :-)

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    1. I had to look up the Fox Valley race and it sounds great! Looks like a fast course with great support along the way :)

      Believe it or not, I actually will somewhat miss the really long runs. But maybe I can get my coach to add one or two to my schedule just for fun ;)

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  7. Sounds like you have a great plan ahead for this year! I can't wait to see what focusing on speed and shorter races does for you...you will be amazing!

    Have a great time in San Antonio. I lived there for about a year and a half (8 years ago) and I loved it there. One day I should go back...and maybe the Rock N Roll race would be a perfect excuse!

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    1. I'll have to ask about favorite restaurants, etc. as the race gets closer. Perhaps some are still around!

      And you should totes consider doing the San Antonio RNR race - could be a fun bird meetup :)

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  8. Great schedule for this year! You've got some awesome things in store. I wish we were doing any of the same races! Maybe one day. :) I really want to do a marathon relay at some point. It sounds like so much fun!

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    1. Maybe sometime we can meet ... to do a marathon relay! Perhaps a team of run bloggers? :)

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