Friday, December 9, 2016

Five Races I Want to Run in 2017

HI!  Happy Friday!  It's been such a weird week, and I'm soooooo looking forward to a fun weekend!  And some rest.  Yes.  Rest. <3 <3 <3

Something I'm trying out lately to stay motivated while injured is thinking about races that I'd like to run next year.

Yeah, I know...it's kind of hard to consider goal races with exactly 0 miles under your belt.  I know this is reaaaaaaaaally putting the cart before the horse, seeing as how I still don't know how long I a.) have to wear the boot, and b.) have to wait until I can run again.

BUT

It's motivating and super funsies to think about dominating (or just running, period) a race course that I've been looking forward to.

Witness, friends...me trying to think of (ONLY) five races I'd love to go after for next year!


5.  The Wisconsin Half Marathon


I ran this half marathon in 2014 and had a wonderful time!  It's within driving distance, the crowd and race support was awesome, and while the course could've been a little less rocky/off-roady, I'd definitely love to run the half again.  Plus...cheese.

You can read my race recap from 2014 HERE.

4.  Bolder Boulder


Because, why not travel for a 10K?  I practically did that all this past year.  This looks like SUCH a fun event, I'd DRIVE there!

3.  The Philadelphia Marathon or Half Marathon (I can't decide yet!)


This was another race (the half marathon) that I have run before, back in 2011, before The Chi-Athlete existed.  And I had NO business being out on the race course.  I had a TER-RI-BLE sinus infection, and clearly far too stubborn.  I started off fine, but around mile four, I started pulling over for rest stops and...erm...getting sick...at every mile until the finish line.  That's my PW, and who knows if I could make the HM my PB?!:)

2.  The TCS New York City Marathon 


I mean, this one is on my list every single year (except years when I really don't want to run a marathon, bwhahahaa).  Sometimes you just have to cross everything and hope you get picked through the lottery.

1.  The St. George Marathon


St. George Marathon

Just look at that elevation profile...


I have read some pretty fantastic race reviews from this marathon, and despite that horrendous hill around mile 7, it seems like a really gorgeous downhill ride.  The views are stunning, and the post-race activities look like so much fun!  This one's definitely at the top of my list -- fingers and toes crossed!

Thanks to Running On Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 link-up!<3

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31 comments:

  1. I'd also like to run a race in NYC and Philadelphia (not necessarily the Marathon though), just through the city to experience it! Good luck!

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    1. SAME! I doubt I'd PR the 26.2 in either one of those, but just going for the funsies would be worth the training.

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  2. The only bad thing about racing the St.George Marathon was that I didn't run it as fast as I wanted to. With that downhill, it was disappointing. If I had the chance to run it again, though, I'd do it! Beautiful area! My last long run was a 50K race last month. Hope you're back to racing soon!

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    1. That's AWESOME, and thank you! Do you have a race recap that I can read/obsess over from St. George?

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  3. You could always just sit in a wheelchair, have someone give you a push, and then fly down the hill at that last marathon

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  4. Oh, St George! I'm reading ultramarathoner Cory Reese's book and it wasn't enough for him to run it once. He ran it 4 times--all in one day! But it sounds lovely.

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    1. So many outstanding reviews and recaps for that race. Maybe it'll be my focus for a while.

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  5. You have a great list of races for the year! I am all for traveling to Boulder for a 10k I did a 5K there last year and it was a blast. So gorgeous out there. Go for it

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    1. Absolutely! "Gorgeous" is most likely the word I'd use.

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  6. St. George looks kind of like a dream run to me ;) I may have to put that on my wish list!

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  7. Having a goal to work towards -- even if I'm injured -- it's what keeps me running.

    Non runners don't get it; they never will -- but we do! The hubs & I just started to talk/negotiate about what's next after my half in NOLA in March. Guess I better get looking!

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    1. FUN, lady! I can't wait to witness your training and rocking it out!

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  8. I was a Philly Marathon DNS in 2011. Damn hip. I too have friends with great things to say about St. George. I only have eyes for Berlin next year (so far) and on healing this dang hamstring.

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    1. We both ran it the same yearrrr! Maybe you saw me -- I was the one vom'ing on the right side of the course. Always the right side. At every mile.

      <3 BERLIN <3 I'm so excited for you!

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  9. My goal for next year is to do the Philly full marathon, so you should definitely do that one ;)

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  10. I've got one race on my 2017 calendar so far... the Houston Marathon, my 1st marathon. My last long run was 16 miles.
    I've heard great things about the BolderBoulder!

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    1. Houston! How fun! That's a great course -- enjoy that, girl!

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  11. So far I have one race on my 2017 schedule...the New York City Marathon! I didn't rely on the lottery though, I decided to register as a charity runner and am raising money for a group called Team for Kids (through NYRR).

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  12. St George was beautiful. It's really uphill-ish from 7 to 11. The downhills can be steep so you need to train for that too.

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    1. I think I remember telling you that last bit!:P

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  13. Das Boot. Hopefully not too long? BolderBoulder does look totally awesome, I agree! Can't wait to follow your comeback in 2017!

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    1. I honestly have no idea how much longer mine and Das Boot have together! I'm hoping that my orthotics come in this week, and I'll be out of this guy.:)

      Thanks, heart! Love my LL Cool J, but I'm okay with calling it a "Comeback"!<3

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  14. These all look like must-do's ;-) I have Grandma's Marathon on the roster (mid June) so far...looking at maybe a fall marathon as well....Maybe Detroit? Or Grand Rapids? I'm in Iowa, and desperately want to find more out-of-state events that don't require airfare LOL

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    1. I got you! I'd definitely be down for something that's a road trip to, as well! GOOD LUCK, and keep us updated!

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  15. That looks like a fantastic list! Good luck on your recovery! I hope you can run them!

    We are looking at a marathon close to the beach Rehoboth DE, just to try something different.

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    1. Thank you! So many fingers and toes crossed for number one.:)

      FUNSIES! I can't wait to see your training and review of the race you choose!

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