My Racing Plans for 2015

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.

Race Schedule:


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.

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(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? 



  1. January 7, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Sounds like you are going to have an exciting year with the races you have planned! I’m dealing with a knee injury right now so I don’t have anything planned, but I’m hoping to do a sprint tri in September *if* things improve.

    • January 7, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      I hope you get to do that sprint tri. You have lots of time to rehab and heal until training would need to start (I think)!

  2. January 7, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    I think that even if you aren’t running a lot of races you have goals and plans for racing this year! I have no doubt that you will reach your goals – can’t wait to follow along and support you virtually!!!

  3. January 7, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Well you know to me, 4 races is a big schedule!

    One of the reasons I don’t run as many races “for fun” is the registration fees. You are right, they do add up! And there are a lot of wonderful places I would love to travel to, but again, airfare is expensive!

    Halves have become EXTREMELY expensive in the past several years. There are some halves that are more expensive than fulls! A lot of people in my area run the Hershey Half. It’s quite popular. It’s also $85. Ugh, no thank you!

    • January 7, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      I have noticed that halves keep creeping up in price too. The early registration fees down here are around $65 and the prices tend to reach a high of about $110 right before the race!

  4. January 7, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Goal race??? Live through RNR Nashville since it is my first Full. Second, I can’t say is really a goal race but yet it is….I am going to do the Runners World Hat Trick in October and I so so so want to be able to post decent times for each race! I am still looking for the race that I really want to own this year. I just haven’t found “the one” yet!! I want to have my body ready to perform well. Chicago is only a couple hours from me, I might have to come cheer you on!!!

    • January 7, 2015 / 5:36 pm

      Ohhhh that Hat Trick will be so much fun! I can’t wait for you to do that!

      That would be awesome if you come over for Chicago!!

  5. January 7, 2015 / 3:34 pm

    Ahhhh I LOVE your graphic at the top. I like your approach to your race schedule – will be an exciting year for sure. On a random note… I watched 4 Deserts and thought of you (that you want to run an ultra).

    • January 7, 2015 / 5:37 pm

      Ohhh I’ve never heard of 4 Deserts, I’m checking out their website and videos now. Thanks!!!

  6. January 7, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    My mind won’t think past March which is my first marathon. **Nervous laugh**

    Your calendar looks fab, always something on the horizon!!!

  7. January 7, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    3 halfs and one full marathon seems like a lot of races to me! I’m glad to hear you decided to go with Team Paws. I think in your last post it was tentative? Maybe I missed something. Anyway, it’s a super cool charity. Please post your fundraising information when it comes to be that time because I’d like to support you and them.

    • January 7, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      It’s still tentative right now with Team Paws. I’m sure I want to join the team, but Chicago hasn’t released their charity entries to the organizations yet. As soon as I do I will post more info!

  8. January 7, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Can we PLEEEEASE meet up in Chicago???!!! I’m putting myself in the lottery 😀

    • January 7, 2015 / 10:28 pm

      Yes!! I think quite a few run bloggers are going to be at Chicago this year, we have to organize a meet up!!

  9. January 7, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    It’s CRAZY how much races can add up. Do you like races more these days? I remember you used to not really like them that much!

    I need to decide about my Feb. 15 race! I’m so tempted to do A1A too!

    • January 7, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      They still give me a bit of anxiety which is why I wanted to race more this year…. I figured if I race more often I’ll get past that. Oh well!

      I want to say that it’s going to be a great course, but we’re still having some construction along the far end of the beach so I think the route might be different this year with not as many miles actually along A1A.

  10. January 7, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    I think 4 races is perfect, though I’m not much of a racer. I only have 2 main goal races (spring & fall half) plus some that I’ll do as training runs. I like just focusing on one goal race at a time. BTW, the dogs in the top left pic are adorbs.

    • January 7, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      I thought that too about the doggies! 🙂

      I like your strategy of focusing on one goal race at a time, I think that’s probably the best plan for me too in the end.

  11. January 7, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    I only have one race on my schedule for this year so far which is soo weird and not normal for me. I’m sure I’ll add more but right now my wallet is thanking me! The Chicago Marathon will be so fun, it is definitely on my bucket list!

    • January 7, 2015 / 10:32 pm

      It’s only Jan 7th, I am sure you will add many more as the months go on! 🙂

      Do you think you’ll do any Disney races this year?

  12. January 7, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    I think you are very smart to have specific *key* races to focus on. Having too much on the schedule can lead to burn out (and an empty bank account, as you mentioned). 🙂 I’m excited to follow along this next year and I can’t wait to hear about the Chicago Marathon – I would definitely be interested in that one.

    My big race this year is Ironman Canada!!!

    • January 8, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      I can’t wait for you to do IM Canada! After watching a few IM documentaries I am even more excited for you! What an incredible thing to even train for!

  13. January 7, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    You’re going to do amazing- I know you will! I love reading your blog because you are so dedicated and it shows. Looking forward to reading about your progress and accomplishments this year!! 🙂

    • January 8, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much Bae! I feel so behind since I haven’t run in a few days now. I can’t wait to get back to it!

  14. January 7, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    I’m running Chicago too 🙂 I can’t wait! We need to have a recovery/celebration lunch or something while we are there!!!! That’s my major race this year. I also have the Miami 1/2 (Jan); Miami Beach 1/2 (March); Wings for Life (May); Zooma 1/2 in Cali (June) but I might transfer my bib because I’m dealing with the same concerns about cost of travel etc; then Chicago full (Oct); & finally the Reggae 1/2 (Dec, in Negril Jamaica).

    I’m not sure which (if any) 5Ks I’m going to do this year. I will probably only do the ones on Saturdays and only if my Sunday LR is a “short” week.

    • January 8, 2015 / 4:30 pm

      We will definitely plan some kind of run blogger meet up since it sounds like a lot of the community will be there!!!!!

      The Reggae half will be such a fun one I’m sure. As much as traveling for races adds up, I definitely want to add an international race to my resume sooner rather than later!

  15. January 7, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    That sounds like a great racing schedule. Too many races = burnout anyway, right? Good luck with your running goals, Kristina! You got this!

    • January 8, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      You know, you’re probably right about the burn out!

      Thanks for the support!! 🙂

  16. January 8, 2015 / 9:12 am

    I agree, races are so expensive. That’s why I mostly stick to small-ish local races. I just can’t justify dropping $80 bucks or more on a half marathon. Races in general are so overpriced; there’s no reason anyone should have to pay more than $65 (and that’s still a lot) to run a half marathon, especially since these bigger mega races already make a ton of money anyway. Dumb!

    I paid $12 for one of my half marathons for this year. It was so awesome. Most 5Ks aren’t even that cheap! I won’t get a medal for it, but I’ll get a finish time and that’s all that really matters anyway 🙂

    My half marathon is the same day as yours, the 24th! We get to be race day twins again!!

    • January 8, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      $12 for a half marathon?!?!?! That just really goes to show you how inexpensive it can be! I don’t mind paying more than that, but it’s when the race gets into the $80-100 range that I start giving the side eye unless the proceeds are going to charity!

      Yay for race day twins!

  17. January 8, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Sounds like a great plan! I’m in a similar situation. Races are expensive! I also like having some lull periods to just run for fun.

    I don’t know what my goal race will be this year. Run the Bluegrass is a VERY hilly half marathon so I hope to PR, but I don’t think I’ll reach my A goal of 2:30. I’d like to train smart for a flatter course maybe in the fall, but it’ll depend on when / where I decide to run a full.

    • January 8, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      Which fulls have you narrowed your list down to?

      Run the Bluegrass is coming up pretty soon right? In march? You are so brave for running a hilly half!