Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What's next?

What’s next?

Guess what? I may actually have my race calendar planned out for next year already (I'm not actually registered for all of them, I just have them planned in my head).  And you know what, at this point there are no Disney races on it. Can you believe that????  That doesn’t mean I won’t be going to Disney at all next year, it just means that as of right now I don’t plan to do any of the races. Of course that could change, but really there are none out there now that I have the desire to run again in 2017. This will be the first time in 7 years that I won’t be running at Disney. 

But that’s okay because I have some new "plans", which include running some bigger city races.  
I've done plenty of Race-cations in years past and I have to say that I'm kind of over it. I want to go places that I can go and come back all in the same weekend.  I say this because I need to start picking places where I can take Baylee because I don't like leaving her for too long anymore.

These races don’t have to be all half marathons or marathons to meet my “goal” either. I’m happy to visit a city and run even a smaller race.


This video is sums it up.


If you want to have a catchy tune stuck in your head all day, you'll want to listen to this song. My middle school kids absolutely Love it.


I've done a lot of "Big" races, such as Disney, Runner's World, some beach races, but as far as large City races, I'm thinking the only one I can check off my list for that would be Las Vegas.

Here are the cities I’m hoping to run in at some point. I picked these because I already have races in mind but feel free to suggest other races too (right now I’m only picking cities on the East Coast because they are driveable).

City Hopefuls

1.       Washington DC – I have my eye on the Army 10 miler, but I don’t like the fact that you don’t get a finisher medal. I may consider doing any other Military type race.

2.       Pittsburgh- I really want that medal that says “Runner of Steel” for obvious reasons.

3.       New York City- I definitely want to run through Central park and times square.

4.       Baltimore (or maybe Annapolis) – I’ve seen a few good races in this area. I guess this one is going to boil down to what time of year I’ll have available.

5.       Philadelphia- This one is a big MAYBE and I just threw it on the list because it’s a big city that I should probably put on my list (how’s that for logic?)!

I also have some smaller races on the schedule but they aren't big cities so I'll share them later when we talk about our Spring racing schedule.

What races will you be traveling for this year?  Will you be singing that song all day? -M


34 comments:

  1. Haha "Runner of Steel"! Yes, you need that medal!

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    1. I know the Pittsburgh races are pretty hilly so i'd probably opt for a shorter distance. Not sure if they even give medals for those :(

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  2. This looks like a good line-up! I might travel for a race this fall - To Moab which is 3 hrs away, but otherwise am just doing my usual hometown races. Traveling is too hard for me right now with the kids being so little but I'd love to do more race-cations in the future.

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    1. I found some great local races last summer so I'm looking forward to running them again this year!

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  3. Yay! Come to nYC and run in CP. What race are you thinking of? Shape is 4/30.

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    1. I was considering the Shape race but wanted to be able to run more of the city while I'm there!

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    2. Me too. But I never get into the nYC Half lottery. This one is my 2nd choice.

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  4. What a fun idea! My friend is back in living in DC this spring and I've been thinking about doing a race up there. They give out medals for everything!

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  5. The Pittsburgh marathon always has great medals :) They're some of my favorites. This year I'm traveling to DC and Gettysburg for races. Might do a few more in the second half of the year!

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    1. I think the second half of the year is great for longer distances! It's no fun training over the winter for a spring race!

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  6. The Mini Marathon (10K really) in NYC in June goes through Central Park and is all women. It's a fun race but be prepared for lots of steep hills! You can't avoid them in Central Park.

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    1. I did a simulated run on my treadmill of central park and was surprised at how hilly it was. It didn't seem that hilly when I've walked through it.

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  7. Nothing rhymes with Pennsylvania ... haha. THat video was awesome. I was confused about the banana in Louisiana too - what? & Frankfort KY? No... there's nothing there. Random place to pick for Kentucky. Louisville & Lexington is where its at in this state.
    What a fun video though. I will be singing it all day long now.

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    1. They picked Frankfort because that is the Capitol of KY. Not sure why the put a banana in Louisiana, except for now when I say it to myself I hear that they rhyme. Maybe that's why? Glad you enjoyed the song!

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  8. The Navy half marathon has a medal, if you don't do the Army 10.

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  9. As previously noted, The Navy-Air Force Half has a medal - you start and end by the monument.

    Also, the ZOOMA Annapolis Half offers a medal. It's hilly in spots (especially the Severn River Bridge - ugh!) but you run past the Naval Academy, the Navy Memorial, and St. John's College. And you can get brunch in downtown Annapolis after!

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  10. I would highly recommend the RnR DC ! it's such a great race and the course is great... but not great if you want to wait for a longer distance for later on the year.

    Philly RnR is also a great race! that is in September.

    I'm traveling to Bethany Beach for a 10K and DC for the RnR half marathon... and mostly looking at local races for the rest of the year.


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  11. I don't see Chicago on your list? Hmmm...

    I'm going to Duluth MN, Fish Creek, WI, and Chicago so far. Maybe Montgomery AL and hopefully one more half somewhere south in the fall.

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  12. Try the Air Force Marathon in Ohio. It's in mid-September every year. I hope to do it one year. Marine Corp Marathon is on my wish list, but so far only signed up for Chicago.

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  13. the Army ten miler is a great race! Definitely let me know if you come to town for it.

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  14. Sounds like a lot of fun racecations coming up for you! I've got a 50K trail race coming up that's only about an hour from home, the Rocky 50K, here in Texas.

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  15. If you come to Baltimore I would recommend the Charles St 12! Its usually in September, and is a down hill, point to point race. There is also the Baltimore running festival which is huge and has lots of different distances!

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  16. You do get a finisher coin for the ATM (it's a military thing, like a medal but no ribbon). You know I'm doing the NYC Half. I'm also eyeing a race in Denver. I'd love to do something in Philly or Annapolis or Baltimore -- although I know some of the popular Baltimore races are quite hilly!

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  17. I've run in all the cities you listed except Baltimore and Pittsburg, and I think you're going to have an awesome time regardless of the race. But if you want an incredible NYC experience go for the NYC Marathon, guarantee you won't regret that one!!!
    Of course one of these days you need to make it to Utah to run too, (hint hint: St. George Marathon one of the best in the Nation, even ask Runners World LOL LOL LOL)

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  18. I would love to do a race in DC. One of these years, I'll make it happen. I'd also like tonrun Day to the LA Marathon or the Chicago Marathon, since that's my hometown. :)

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  19. I want to do a DC race...someday. I'm considering Baltimore (Oct. 21, I believe), since the daughter lives about an hour from there. We're traveling to Buffalo, NY in early March, so I'm looking for a race up that way....

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  20. The NYC half is a great one (I believe you saw my recap)!:) I would love to do the marathon one day too, it all depends on the lottery though. I think I may try for 2018. Another DC race you might want to consider is the Cherry Blossom 10 miler. I enjoyed that one.

    I'm not sure if I'll be traveling as much for races this year since I did so more traveling than usual last year. But we will see... :)

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  21. I really need to work on my race schedule for the year! Looks like you have some good ones on your list!

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  22. I'm all about a little racecation. These sound so fun!

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  23. I'll be travelling to Fla in March, NYC in April and Corning, NY in October. I hope to get in one more destination half in late fall.

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  24. So far I am traveling to NOLA for the best damn race in March and that is as far as I have gotten! Would like to get to Las Vegas for sure! Great list- love the map!

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