I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve joined the Friday 5 Link-Up hosted by Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?!. I’m a little embarrassed for not joining in a month (a month!), but I’m back and I’m really excited about this week’s theme!
This week’s theme is my 5 Races to Run in 2015! If you read my blog even on an occasional basis, you know that I’ve been battling injuries off-and-on since I ran the Newport Marathon last May. I’ve had to bow out of several races, including the Portland Marathon (I only ran the first 8 miles), the Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em 5K, the upcoming Lake Sammamish Half, and the Eugene Marathon. Boo.
But I’ve been working my tush off at Pilates and yoga–and going to a chiropractor and massage therapist–so that I can strengthen my pesky weak spots return to even better racing form this year. I’m thrilled by the prospect of returning to running stronger and faster.
So which races am I most excited about running in 2015?
5. AT&T Back on My Feet 5-Miler – Philadelphia – March 28
How appropriate is it that my first race post-injury will be the AT&T Back on My Feet 5-mile race in Philadelphia. Lest you think I’m some badass elite that travels all the way across the country for a little race, please understand I will be in Philadelphia on vacation and just decided to register for this race. I love running while traveling, so it stands to reason I’ll love racing while traveling. Running this smallish race in scenic central Philadelphia (it starts and ends at the Philadelphia Art Museum) will be a great race to mark my return to racing.
4. Eugene Half-Marathon – Eugene, OR – May 10
The Eugene Marathon was supposed to be my A-race, but now it’s not (thanks, hip flexor). I’ve come to terms with the reality that I don’t have enough time to properly train for a marathon, especially not one run at a Boston Qualifer pace, and I’m seriously okay with it. Seriously, you guys.
Okay… it still smarts a bit. But I am comforted by my plan to drop down to the half-marathon so I can still run Eugene. One really awesome thing about the Eugene Half-Marathon is that they let you drop from the full to the half without any fuss. In fact, every time I’ve run the Eugene Half, I’d originally registered for the half. Apparently it’s a habit of mine.
I’m really excited to run the Eugene Half-Marathon, mainly because I know many of my Oiselle Flockmates and fellow Team Nuun members will be there. I’m looking forward of spending time with those teammates I already know and meeting the ones I don’t. And spectating the full, of course. Because I love cheering on runners and I never met a cowbell I didn’t like!
3. Independence Day 5K – Tacoma, WA – July 4
I’ve never run a race on the 4th of July, usually because I’m too busy that morning prepping for the party we always throw on Independence Day. The fast course of Tacoma’s Independence Day 5K, has made me decide to postpone the party-prep by an hour or so. I love running races on holidays ( Turkey Trot: holla!) so it makes perfect sense for me to run this 5K. Plus I think it would be a great course for a PR; the first mile is downhill and the remainder’s flat.
2. Skagit Flats Half Marathon – Burlington, WA – September 13
The Skagit Flats Marathon and Half-Marathon boast a very fast course. So fast, in fact, that it’s usually on the short-list of the best races to qualify for Boston. My tentative plan for the Skagit Flats Half, though, is to run it as a training/tempo run. My coach recommends I run a half marathon about a month before a marathon, and the timing of Skagit Flats lines us perfectly with the…
1. Chicago Marathon – October 11
The Chicago Marathon will be my redemption race. I wanted to qualify for Boston again at Eugene and was gunning for a 3:40. Now that I can’t run Eugene’s full, Chicago has become my new A-race.
If my healing goes well and I’m able to return to running during the next month or so, I’ll have plenty of time between now and mid-October to rebuild my running foundation and train for the Chicago Marathon. Chicago is famously flat and fast, which shouldn’t hurt my chances for BQ’ing. Plus, it’s in Chicago, you guys. I love to eat, so this is my city!
I’m incredibly excited for this race. Heck–I’m impatient just thinking about registering for it!
What races are you most excited to run this year? What factors do you consider when choosing to register for a race?