Races Races Races!

Last weekend I ran a 5K at Vista View Park and said I would like to run there again someday  – the hills really intrigued me. Well, guess what? I just registered for another 5K held there TOMORROW! It’s put on by a local nonprofit whose mission is to help end domestic violence against women and children.

I have 8 miles on my training calendar and think it’ll be nice to get them done at that pretty park. I’ll do a warmup mile before the race and then get in the remaining miles right after.

Fingers crossed that a storm doesn’t come through and cause the race to be cancelled. We’re expecting thunderstorms and lately it’s been really rainy in the mornings…

I’ve finalized my fall/winter half marathon racing season which will begin shortly after I get back from Chicago.

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Not a lot has changed since the last time I blogged about it but here’s the list:

October 24: Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon* (for fun)
November 15: Michelob Ultra Ft. Lauderdale Half (for fun)
December 13: Best Damn Race Cape Coral Half (for training)
January 24: Miami Half Marathon (for training)
February 14: Ft Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon (goal race)
March 6: Michelob Ultra Miami Beach Half Marathon (for fun)

The only race on the list I’m really not sure about is the Halloween half on October 24th. I’m pretty sure I’ll do this race, but I don’t want to register until I assess how I feel after getting home from Chicago.

I do remember about six days after the Portland Marathon last year I was itching for a run. My coach at the time had me wait a full week before finally easing into a couple of short, easy runs which seemed like good advice. If I do end up running the Halloween Half this year it’ll just be for fun.

My goal half marathon will be the Ft Lauderdale A1A Half on February 14th.

I intend to take 3 weeks off from structured training when I get home from Chicago. That’ll give me about three months to properly train for a February half marathon PR.

It would be nice to scoop up another PR at the Miami Half again but I don’t think that will be my BIG goal race for the season.

Speaking of goals, races and hills, after my fall/winter half marathon season ends in March I’m thinking about tackling a summer race – the San Francisco Half! This is a race that’s been on my bucket list for a while and I think 2016 is the year to go for it.

I’ve been thinking about this race nonstop for a couple of months now. I hate that I never get to race during the summer, and 2016 is the year that I want to start pushing myself hard in the half marathon distance. What better way to explore my potential than to train for a race in hilly San Fran?

Sure I’ll have to do a lot of training on the treadmill to simulate the ups and downs of SF, but I think the payoff could be pretty spectacular. Plus I really want to run over the Golden Gate Bridge!

I think it would also help if I decide to take another crack at Portland next fall. Any type of marathon plan for 2016 is still really unclear, but I do know that I want to go back to Portland at some point. We shall see how it all unfolds!

Are you traveling for any races this fall/winter?
Do you like traveling for races or prefer to stick close to home?



  1. September 25, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Holy half marathons, Batman! You are going to be a racing machine this winter! I won’t have races for most of the winter, so at least I’ll be able to cheer you on while I am facing the ice and snow.

    I like traveling for races, but so far it hasn’t been for any goal races (a 5k in HI and a Disney half in FL). In 2016 I am tentatively planning on a race in Oregon and one in New York. I also like races that are close to home since it is easier to practice similar terrain and weather. Oregon definitely won’t be a goal race because it will be at high altitudes, and I just can’t train for that in Michigan.

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      I hope to be a running machine, not so much a racing machine. I am signed up for a lot of races but most of them will just be for fun or as part of training for a half PR. I have to stuff all my races in to a few months a year since we get such a shortened season here!

      I like races that are close to home too, especially the ones where I can walk to the start/finish from my house. It just makes the whole process that much less of a hassle. Running in Oregon will be a lot of fun. I didn’t think the Portland Marathon race was particularly scenic but I know plenty of places outside of the course are just gorgeous and perfect for exploring by foot!

  2. September 25, 2015 / 8:56 am

    6 half marathons in 6 months?? Holy cow, lady!

    You’ve got some big goals for this year, and it’s nice that you’re giving yourself a lot to look forward to and work toward after Chicago is over. I think all of us 2014 first-timers learned a lot about the best way for us to structure our training and racing after a big marathon is over – at least I did. I think you will have a lot of fun focusing on these shorter distances for most of next year!

    I like to travel for races, but it’s just not often feasible. It’s so expensive, plus I don’t have a ton of vacation time to burn every year. I’m traveling to Pittsburgh for my next marathon, but Kevin’s whole family lives there so it’s not like we’ll be paying a lot of travel expenses to stay there 🙂 I try to limit travel to instances where I don’t have to stay in a hotel or fly to a race.

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:15 pm

      I agree 100%! After Portland last year I was so relieved to focus on shorter distance races. The half marathon felt like a breeze! I think I felt a lot of pressure to run a 5K PR after Portland. I was going to try for the same this winter but I’ve recently (as in during the last couple of days) decided that I don’t care about focusing on a 5K PR. I don’t like the 5K distance and I don’t think focusing in on it will help me in any way. Instead I want to just focus on the half marathon and hopefully somewhere along the way I’ll just naturally grab myself a 5K PR.

      Traveling for races is so expensive! I honestly didn’t add up all of the fees until recently and it came out to a number much higher than I thought! That’s so nice that you’ll be able to stay with family for Pitt! I noticed for both Chicago and Portland my hotel room was the biggest fee by far!

  3. September 25, 2015 / 9:39 am

    I am traveling for my marathon–Indy! (which reminds me to get a plane tix!) I usually do not travel. I am a bit nervous about traveling for the race, but I can stay at my brother’s house, so that should be fun. Actually, I am a bit nervous about traveling home–I will have to do the “waddle” to get on the airplane!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      That’s so nice that you’ll be able to stay with your brother – an added bonus for an already exciting weekend.

      The waddle on and off the plane is definitely an “experience!” When I was leaving Portland I didn’t feel so weird because there were plenty of other people waddling around the airport in their Portland Finisher shirts. Hopefully you’ll have some comrades with you on your way home from Indy!

  4. September 25, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    I love your schedule 🙂 I love that you have something to look forward to every month. I have been looking for stuff close to home to see if I can stay a little busier this winter. I am still on the fence about trying to marathon train, I want to see how I feel after my half, I get nervous my bones are not ready…

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:18 pm

      I really really think you will accomplish your full marathon goal someday, but it makes so much sense to listen to your body. Intuition with this sort of thing almost always guides us in the right direction.

      I’m really excited to run more races this winter. I used to put so much pressure on myself to treat every race as an actual race but this year I’m running for FUN!

  5. September 25, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Your schedule makes me a little jealous (you know you’re a runner when….). You are considering Portland again!!!! Happy Dance! If you decide to do it again, there is no way you are leaving Oregon without connecting with me first. 🙂 Maybe I will run it again too!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      Oh, absolutely! I will never come to Oregon again and miss seeing you!

      There are SO many marathons I want to run, but running Portland again is up there just because I have something to prove to myself with that one. Plus Adam and I thought Portland was such a lovely city and we wish we had planned to spend more time there to explore!

  6. September 26, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Busy busy bee you’ll be! I’ll be joining you in November, January, and February!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      YAY! Can’t wait to kick off this south florida racing season!

  7. September 26, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Racing in San Fran is a bucket list item for me too! I looooove San Francisco. It was the first real vacation Paul and I went on, so we have so many wonderful memories of our time there. It really was magical and I am so glad we went.

    You know I don’t race a lot let alone travel for races BUT I happen to be SUPER DUPER excited to do the Best Damn Half in December. 🙂 So as I have been getting back into running, my speed has come back slowly but surely. The competitive part of me is like hmmmm maybe I should try to PR in the half this Dec. But I feel like that may be a lot to ask for. I get stressed traveling, I will be excited to meet you girls but I will be nervous too. It’s like, not just the stress of PR’ing but traveling alone, etc. I have never flown by myself so of course that is terrifying to me!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:26 pm

      Come out and run SF next year!

      You still have a long time to decide what you want to do about BDR. I would keep an eye on our weather forecast. It’s possible we’ll have perfect weather in the 60s or it’ll be in the 80s! That might have an impact on your decision to go for a PR or not. I’m not sure what kind of a winter we’re in store for, but I have a feeling it’s going to be another warm one. This afternoon on the way to the game it was totally overcast and yet still 90*F! 🙁

      • September 29, 2015 / 8:43 am

        ugh! Yes an 80 degree day would not lend itself to a PR! It will be so weird to come from PA temps to FL temps!

  8. September 26, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I don’t have anything planned yet for after my fall marathon, but I would like to do one more short race in 2015, maybe a 5k in December. Other than that I’m not sure!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      I was thinking about doing a 5K in December as well but I think I’m going to skip it. I already have a lot of races on the calendar for the fall/winter and the 5K distance is the least interesting to me. Hmmm… decisions!

  9. September 27, 2015 / 11:13 am

    I have been keeping my races local lately and I’ve been enjoying it. I like being able to sleep at home, not have to worry about forgetting to pack something important, and keeping it cheap. If I run another marathon though, it might have to be a destination race. I like the excuse for getting to explore new places. Those races sound like they will be a lot of fun!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:30 pm

      Local races have a ton of appeal because they are hassle free! I love knowing where I’m going, what the course will be like and all of that. Destination races are fun for the unknown though. I don’t think I could do multiple destination races per year because the stress would get to me (plus $$$$) but having one on the calendar is exciting and keeps me motivated!

  10. September 27, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    That’s an exciting race schedule! Working toward a HM PR will be a nice change of pace for you. I love San Fran & think it would be so cool to do that half. I did the Bay to Breakers 12k there, and it was such a great course & so much fun.

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      Oh yes, I’ve heard such good things about Bay to Breakers! I’d love to do that someday!

      Come out for the SF half next year! It would be so fun to meetup!

  11. September 27, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Fun list! I’m excited for Chicago, but also excited for what 2015/2016 brings. Is the SF 1/2 the one where you can choose from the first or second half of the marathon course? If so, I think one of my friends may run it. Looking fwd to Miami!

    • Kristina
      September 27, 2015 / 11:28 pm

      Yes, you get to choose if you want to do the first or second half. The first half is the one where you get to run over the Golden Gate bridge. I bet it’s the more popular/crowded half, but it also seems like it’s the most scenic. The upside of doing the second half is that you get to cross the same finish line as the full marathoners!

  12. September 28, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    I love your race schedule!! I’ve found that I sacrifice racing more often when I’m racing a full…which kind of sucks, because even though this full was less expensive so I COULD run more races, I don’t want to injure myself leading up to it. I’m paranoid. But I used to love racing every weekend. I think after this full, I’ll be back into half marathons and 5ks. I miss the shorter, more fun races!