Now that 2015 is officially here I feel like I need to share my race plans since that seems like the thing to do in the run blog world.
Truthfully though, outside of the Chicago Marathon this fall, I don’t have a lot of race plans.
January 24th – Miami Half Marathon
February 15th – Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon
October 11th – Chicago Marathon
November 2015 – Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
I’ll also probably run a few 5Ks but I usually sign up for those spontaneously.
If you would have asked me 30 days ago what my race calendar for 2015 would look like I would have said it would have been much busier. I sort of had it in my mind for a while that I wanted to run a lot of races this year (mostly just for fun) to get more comfortable with race day stuff.
Then I realized a couple of (obvious) things:
- Half marathons are expensive
- Even the price of 5Ks can get expensive when added up
- There are approximately 0 races in South FL. between May and Sept.
- Traveling for races is expensive if it involves air travel
- Traveling for races can be stressful if it involves air travel
- I don’t need to fill my calendar with a bunch of races, I’ll be fine with a select few
I don’t mind paying race registration fees for events that mean something significant to me (I have a goal, I really like the course, I’m running with a friend, etc.). However, I don’t want to drop $100+ on a race that I’m just doing for fun…. especially if that registration fee comes with a $500 plane ticket because we just don’t have the right climate for a lot of races in South Florida.
Because of all those reasons I doubt I will ever have as full of a race schedule as many other runners.
Race Goals 2015:
My big focus for the year will be the Chicago Marathon, which I will be running as part of Team Paws.
(Photo: Team Paws Chicago Facebook)
Aside from really wanting to finish strong in my second marathon, I have no specific time goals there except to do better than I did at the Portland Marathon.
In addition to running Chicago, I am hoping to hit 2:59 at the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon next month. The Miami Half used to be my 2:59 goal race, but due to this nagging calf injury my coach and I decided it was best to switch that up and take Miami easy.
I sort of have it in my mind that I’d like to PR at the Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half in November again with a time of 2:55 or better, but that’s so far off right now that I’m not sure what my actual goal will be. It will also depend on how the Chicago Marathon goes as well.
I also want to finally get that 36 minute 5K in the books at some point as well. I’m so close now!
So now that I’ve written all of this out it’s dawned on me that I do have a real schedule and plan for the year, I just needed to get it all out onto paper!
When I started writing this post I wasn’t very excited, but now I am REALLY excited about the year! Can’t wait to get things started in a couple of weeks at the Miami half!
What’s your big goal race for the year?