Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May Racing

When looking at my calendar the other day, I realized the next few weeks will be super busy with running and racing.

Here's the upcoming lineup:
  • Nicolet Bay 5k
  • Kings & Queens Half Marathon
  • Chocoholic 5k
  • Bellin 10k

Although I'm not feeling race ready yet, I'm hoping I'll get there in time to really race the Bellin 10k. So the next three races will really be opportunities to run hard and once again get used to the pain that's unique to racing. For the 5k races, my goal is to get progressively faster. I wasn't too happy with my time at the recent Adrenaline 5k so I would love to shave a bit off at the Nicolet Bay 5k this upcoming weekend. I think it's doable but a bit dependent on if I can shake my current sickness off by race day. 

After last year's Nicolet Bay 5k!

If it doesn't happen this weekend, I'm confident I'll be able to race hard in time for the Chocoholic 5k. I do have a few reservations about this one though, mainly that I don't know much about the race and hope it is not one with a short course or mainly walkers.

I signed up for the Kings & Queens Half Marathon on a bit of a whim. It's not a distance I get along with but I thought the race sounds like a lot of fun. I mean, really, what girl doesn't love getting a rose and glass of champagne at the finish line? ;) I'm totes not in shape to race this distance so I'm planning to take it easy and treat it like a typical long run. And it will be way more fun than a typical long run because I'll get to run in a different area and with other runners! 

And then there's the Bellin 10k. When I signed up for this race, I intended it to be my 10k PR attempt for the year. Last year's race had 13,185 participants, including pro running stars like Meb and Kellyn Taylor. The competition will be top-notch so I would consider myself lucky to place within the top 100 women. Since the race is still six weeks away, there's time to get in shape to make this a fast one. I know being able to race with so many fast people around me will also be a major benefit. I race my best when there are others running a similar pace so this is a great opportunity to PR. 

So in between the races it will be work, work and more work. Glue miles, recovery miles, speedwork and hill work. Plus, I'm now able to do my favorite classes at the gym again so strength, plyo, core and more are back on the table. I have a feeling these next few weeks are going to fly! 

My questions for you:
  • What are your training and race plans in May?
  • Do you ever sign up for a race with no intention of "racing" it?
  • Do you prefer small races or large races?

- ST


  1. Lots of questions! Wishing you the best for all your May races. :) I usually don't sign up for a race unless I plan to race it--sometimes by the time the race comes around, my body has other plans. Also, I race based on where I am--like if I am just getting fit again, I want to put all my effort into racing--but I might not necessarily be my speediest. I prefer large races for longer distances (>1/2marathon) because there is more support etc. Shorter distances I can go either way--small races mean a greater chance for me for an age-group place.

    1. I think that's smart - race at the level you're current at to get a good gauge of where your fitness is at :)

  2. I really love small races, but big races can surprise me with the crowd support and people watching (like RnR Nashville). Nashville was also an example of a race I signed up for with zero intention of racing. I tend to race one half per year for a PR, then sign up for a bunch of shorter races and see how I feel the morning of. I'm looking for a new 5K PR in the next few months, but need to pick a race... we'll see. Good luck with your races! :)

    1. I'm so excited for you that you're chasing a new 5k PR - it's my favorite distance so I hope you find a good race :)

  3. Oh my gosh you do have a fun line up of upcoming races! So awesome!
    Can't wait to hear how you do in each of them!
    Also, very cool about signing up for the half, sometimes spur of the moment decisions like that are the times we make the best ones.
    Exciting runs coming up for you, yay!!!!

    1. Thanks Kristy! I agree, sometimes it's fun to just sign up for a race at the last minute :) Hopefully this one turns out to be a good one!