My 2017 Running Plans by Season

‘Ello! As we get closer to the end of the year I’ve begun planning out my 2017 running calendar because … well, I love organizing my life! 🙂 Here’s what I’ve got on the agenda so far.

Winter: Racing for Fun

Winter officially begins here on December 21st and ends on March 20th, My goal for this winter is to just continue to rekindle my passion for training and enjoy every minute of the cooler weather.

I’ll be training for and then running two races during this time period. The Miami Half Marathon is on January 29th and the A1A Half Marathon is on February 19th.

This year I am an ambassador for the A1A Half Marathon! If you would like to run it use promo code KRISTINA to save 15% on registration for the half or the full! Here are some pics of the beautiful (GIANT) medals we’ll be earning:


Ali is running this race too, so definitely register and come hang out with us! 🙂

Spring: Base Building

Spring begins on March 20th and ends on June 21st. This is always a weird time period for running in south Florida.

All of the major races are over because it’s already too hot to race longer distances. There are a few 5Ks still around, although the majority of them are wrapping up at this point too.

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I don’t think I’ll race at all during this time period, instead I think I will start working with a coach again. 

My major intent for 2017 is to go after a big half marathon PR, so building up my speed and stamina will be essential.

I’m also planning to enter the London Marathon lottery in May in hopes of being selected to run the marathon in spring 2018.


Cross your fingers for me!

Summer: Hardcore Training

Summer begins on June 21st and ends September 22nd. As usual the majority of training for my key race will take place during this extremely hot time of the year.

Why do I torture myself like this?

I haven’t decided which half marathon I want to race. I am considering an out-of-town race like the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half (Nov 12th) as well as Florida based races like the Disney Wine and Dine Half (Nov 5th).

The Rock N Roll race is at night while I love the idea of. I do all my training at night and think it would be great to race at night.


At the same time I love how runDisney does multi-race challenge weekends, and I think it would be fun to do the Lumiere Challenge which includes running a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. Obviously I would be doing the 10K just for fun since the half would be my key race of the season.


Photo from WhyIRunDisney

Decisions, decisions!

Fall: Earn a New Half Marathon PR!

Fall is September 22nd through December 21st and this is the month when I will PR in the half marathon!

I’m wayyyy open to suggestions on which race I should choose to do. My top two right now are Vegas and Wine and Dine, but I’m 100% open to any other cool races (anywhere in the USA) especially if they take place at night or in cool temps.

The only caveat is that ideally the race will take place in late October or sometime in November :).

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

What races are you already planning to do next year?
What’s your favorite fall half marathon to do and why is it THE BEST?



  1. December 8, 2016 / 7:55 am

    I’m planning to PR my 5K in April — Which means I won’t have to start steady training until after the holidays!

    I have a love/hate relationship with Fall races… I love having all summer to train but hate the high heat and humidity!

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 10:30 am

      NICE! Great planning to pick a race that allows you to really enjoy the holidays!

      I’m with you on the summer training thing. That’s a big reason why I’m excited about possibly running the London Marathon in 2018… I’ll be able to train in the fall instead of the winter! 🙂

  2. December 8, 2016 / 8:59 am

    How do you look for races to run? Do you go to running in the usa and type in your parameters and search?

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 10:35 am

      I hardly ever look up races to run! From reading running blogs for so many years I have a dream list of races I want to run based on race recaps 🙂 Part of that list is like “I WISH I COULD DO THIS” like races that include lots of hills or mountains, and second part includes destination races that are realistic for me but that will be costly to get to (like the London Marathon) and a third part of the list are totally realistic races that are within driving distance and also flat. When I’m race planning I just reference that list.

      There are other things involved too, of course. Like Adam and I have a basic vacation rule that we only do a big international trip every other year because they can be so expensive. Since we did Italy and Spain this year, we won’t be doing a big trip next year, but in 2018 we agreed that we’d like to go back to London so that makes the London Marathon a perfect race to plan for!

      If I’m looking for a quick local 5K or something (which never happens, haha) I’ll just use!

  3. December 8, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Ideally, I’d like to do do the Maui Marathon in September, but I doubt we’ll be able to get the funds together in time, so I will probably be doing the Spokane Marathon (in Washington) in the beginning of October.

    If all goes well, I’d also like to do a Haunted Half at Silverwood Theme park.

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 10:37 am

      Ohhhh that Maui Marathon is one that’s on my list too. That would be amazing, I hope you’re able to do it! Spokane sounds beautiful and fun too though!

  4. December 8, 2016 / 9:22 am

    This looks like a great lineup of races for the year! I don’t do a lot of travel races, well, because of the kids and all, but Boston is on our list (Alan running, me spectating). The London marathon would be awesome! I’m trying to focus on the half for the first part of the year, a trail marathon in June, and then I think it will back at marathon training again. I think. Right now the thought of 18+ mile running just makes me tired!!
    Where do you think you’ll get your coaching from? online?

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      I am right there with you on those 18 milers – oy!

      I’d love to work with the coach I worked with in 2014-2015 when I earned all of my PRs, but I’m not sure if she’s going to be available. She teaches at the collegiate level now. I met her through another friend who used her as a coach. Before that I worked with a local coach!

  5. December 8, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Kinda bummed to hear you’re not going to do Chicago this year! But I definitely understand the desire to wait longer before training for a marathon again.

    I thought about trying to train for a half marathon PR this winter/spring, but I burn out easily so I want to save myself for marathon training. So far I actually only have three races scheduled for 2017: the Chicago Marathon, a destination half in March, and a half in May that I may end up canceling (they have risk free registration through February, how cool!) in favor of a cheaper one that’s closer to home.

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      That’s so awesome that you found a race with risk free cancellation!

      A part of me is definitely jealous that you’ll be heading to Chicago. I know you’ll love the race and have a great time! I want to get back to Chicago – it’s in my five year plan – but the next time I train for a marathon I’m not doing it during summer. I want to train during the fall/winter when the weather is a little bit nicer, and the London marathon just happens to coincide with a trip we’re planning. If I don’t get in through the lottery I’ll probably try for a charity bib, I know Team PAWS gets a few of them :).

  6. December 8, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Finally found a little time to catch up on some blog posts 🙂 I’ve missed you!

    I like your 2017 plans. I haven’t run it before, but the Detroit Marathon (and half) is in October. It sounds pretty cool: you get to run into Canada and back taking the bridge in one direction and the tunnel in the other–run underwater for a mile! Though, to be fair, Michigan might not be the glamorous travel destination you were imagining 😉

    OR set back your goal race day to 2018 Disney World Marathon weekend (first wkend in January) and I will travel all the way to Florida just to cheer you on for the half!

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      Whaaaat that is SO cool that you get to run into Canada and back! AND you get to run under water? That sounds amazing! I visited Michigan a couple of years ago when Barbara was going to grad school at MSU and had a lot of fun. I would definitely go back!

  7. December 8, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I’m thinking about doing the RnR Las Vegas Half too! My sister lives in Vegas, so I have somewhere to stay free, plus I’d get to visit her and her family, and I’ve heard it’s a really cool race. 🙂

    • Kristina
      December 8, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Whaaat it would be so fun to meet up in Vegas! I’ve heard it’s a cool race too and I love that it’s a night time. I looked up the weather for the race and it seems like most years it’s really nice (although this year it was terrible)!

  8. December 8, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    I did the Cocoa Beach Half Marathon last year at the end of October and really liked that one (although miles 9-12 are on the beach so that’s a little rough!) I also just did the OUC Orlando Half Marathon and I thought that one was good too.

  9. December 8, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    You schedule looks exciting! Again, I have no idea how you handle those hot temps in the summer down there.

    I am planning on doing an Olympic triathlon next fall. I am hoping that I can do another spring in the spring as a warm-up. Kiawah Island (my favorite beach) has an Olympic in the fall but I’m not sure about an open swim in the ocean. What if a shark is out there? #deepthoughts

  10. December 8, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Sounds like a great plan! I definitely like fall races for the cooler weather. Maybe you should consider traveling up north!

  11. December 8, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I hope 2017 is your magical half PR for ya! Vegas is super cool it happens in the evening.
    Of course the half marathon here in Nov. is pretty awesome, it is a big race! and I always wanted to run the half the runs the Indy 500 track, but i have no idea what time of year it is…
    Getting into London would be awesome 🙂

  12. December 10, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    OMG how cool would running the London marathon be?! The international marathon I most hope to run is in Scotland…the Loch Ness marathon. The cost of entry isn’t steep, but the flight and all that…I’m hoping to make it before 2025!

  13. December 13, 2016 / 9:47 am

    I think going back with a coach is a smart move, I think that will put you in a good place to chase that PR.

    OMG LONDON!! That would be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

    Vegas huh, wonder if Mrs Schlub would be interested in hearing back up to Vegas. I hate the course but I do need to redeem myself out there. Plus I flat out love Vegas lol.

  14. December 24, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I am FINALLY getting back to blogging and have been reading (without commenting) as often as I can. I’ve also been keeping up with you on Instagram/Snapchat and it seems like you have had SO much going on! I highly recommend the Vegas half marathon. 1) It’s Vegas and you get to run down the strip, and 2) you love running at night. This is your chance to race in the EVENING! 🙂