As we close out April, more to come on that, I am thinking about the rest of the year’s race calendar. A couple of weeks ago I made the very tough decision to not participate in the Ragnar Trail relay in June. It was a tough call, but the right one for me as a runner, mom, and worker-bee. Once I got over the disappointment of letting go of the relay goal, I started thinking through my spring and fall.
With the idea that I NEVER want to stop running, this is the schedule I’ve come up with for the rest of this year.
|Frederick Festival 5k||Frederick, MD||5/2/2015|
|Frederick Half Marathon||Frederick, MD||5/3/2015|
|Mother’s Day 4 Miler||Reston, VA||5/10/2015|
|Zooma Half||Annapolis, MD||5/31/2015|
|Firecracker 5k||Reston, VA||7/4/2015|
|Leesburg 20k||Leesburg, VA||8/16/2015|
|Diva Half Marathon||Leesburg, VA||9/25/2015|
|Richmond Marathon||Richmond, VA||11/14/2015|
|Thanksgiving Race||Ashburn, VA||11/27/2015|
|Run with Santa 5k||Reston, VA||12/6/2015|
|Frosty 5k||Fairfax, VA||12/13/2015|
I LOVE a full race calendar. Many friends ask how I figure out my plan. These are my top tips for planning.
1. Do what Works for you
My race schedule is my race schedule. I do what works for me and expect that my friends do the same. If you’ve never done a half marathon – doing one every month is not going to work for you! If you are an ultra-marathoner, my schedule is not enough. Find YOUR balance. Not someone else’s.
2. Find an Anchor Race and Stick to it
I chose the Richmond Marathon as my anchor race this year. EVERYTHING I am doing this year is focused around the marathon and how I am going to do that race without injury. It is not my first marathon, but it is my first in a very long time.
3. Look for Races that Work for your Life
For me, right now, local races are my best bet. I love going to cool places and checking out cool things, but with a full time job and an almost five year old, I have found that if I can minimize the logistics the happier I am. I do have two “destination” races on my calendar, but most are within 20 minutes of my home.
4. Listen to your Body
STOP when you get hurt. STOP when you are tired. We all want to push and grow and be amazing, but we have to do it in the right time and with the bodies we have.
5. HAVE FUN
Without this… What is the point!? I have found that those who stick with running are those who find the love of running the most important thing. That’s what I try to bring to all of my races. I want to HAVE FUN and feel great about running.
What races are you joining me at this spring?
What’s on your calendar?