Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Race Plans: Whats on tap

After running a marathon in the first half of both 2015 and 2016, I wanted the first half of 2017 to be a bit more relaxed with shorter distance races.



 I initially wanted just one Spring Race-cation on my calendar this year but then other opportunities presented themselves.


1. Originally, my only plan for a Spring race included running the Hershey 10K in April. I've never done any of the Hershey races before and thought this would be a great way to check them out. I was hoping to concentrate on this distance during training and hopefully have a good finish time at this race (although I've heard there are some hills). I haven't raced a 10K since 2013.



2. Then I had the opportunity to run the NYC half marathon in March (THIS weekend). This is a race I wanted to do anyway. At this point in my life I am injury free (knock on wood I still am by the time I publish this post), and why put off something till next year if I have the opportunity to do it this year?
I know this won't be a goal race because of the many hills during the first half. I was going to use this race as just a scenic jaunt in the city.

3. Since I am now running the NYC half, I am no longer keeping the Hershey 10K as my "goal race". I guess I'll just use that as a fun recovery run.

4. Yet, another race opportunity has presented itself for May. I'm not going to mention the race by name yet because many details need to be worked out and I haven't made a decision yet. My husband's company is a sponsor for this race series and I was asked if I wanted to run the marathon. HECK NO!

 I will not run the marathon but a race in this series is on my list of races to accomplish.  I know this race is  hilly and would definitely be a challenge and it actually makes NYC look like a stroll in the park. Which makes me think that maybe I should set my expectations for NYC a little higher and use this race in May as my "just get through it" race, haha.


5. There is another local 5k/10k race coming up in May (it's a pirate theme) that I might run with friends and family.



 Out of all the races, I am the most excited about the Hershey 10K!  I'll be staying at the Hotel Hershey (which will be a first for me), and I already have appointments at the spa for chocolate treatments and the lunch buffet they offer there. -M


42 comments:

  1. One day, I really really want to run both the NYC half and NYC full. Preferably in one year, because that would be awesome!

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    1. Do you get anything special for running both in one year?

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  2. The Hershey weekend sounds amazingly fun. Have a great race in NYC this weekend. Hope the weather is good for you.

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    1. Thank you Marcia, I've been stressing about the weather and what to wear!

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  3. We did the Hershey half last year it's so much fun in a cute little town. I've always wanted to do the NYC half maybe next year! sounds like a fun spring race schedule

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    1. I'll have to go back and read your Hershey blog post!

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  4. A Hersey weekend? That sounds like way to much fun! Have fun in NYC- I hope the weather is ok for you- dang this cold temps!

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    1. Yes, I do think Hershey will be fun! Thanks MB!

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  5. I hope you have a wonderful race this weekend! Hopefully it won't be too windy; the wind has been just horrible lately.

    I always thought I'd do the Hershey Half, but then I decided to do Gettysburg instead -- I'm glad I did, as I've been to Hershey more than once and had never been to Gettysburg. That's what my racecations are mostly about for me -- exploring the country! Getting us to places we've never been to before.

    I have a race I'm considering next month & can't make up my mind about it either.

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    1. Yes, races are a great way to visit places we've never been! (or a reason to return to places we like)!

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  6. Good luck this weekend! There is a #WeRunSocial meet up on Saturday afternoon @ 1 right near the Pavillion (details on my IG page) where you pick up your bibs. Would love to see you if you'll be in the area!

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    1. I don't know if I'll be in the area at that time but if I am I will definitely check it out! Thank you.

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  7. I'm running the NYC Half, too! Last year I wore shorts and compression socks. This year I brought capris b/c of the threats of precipitation. Hope it was a good call. Maybe I'll see you out there!! If not, good luck and have so much fun! It's a great race. This is my 6th year in a row!

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    1. Based on the temperature I could wear capris, but I was thinking I might want tights if it's windy along the Huson - thoughts?

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    2. Thank you! Because of the wind I am pretty set on wearing my long pants but I guess anything can change!

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  8. You can't pass up those race opportunities! I hope Sunday is awesome for all of us!

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  9. I've heard that the chocolate spa at Hershey is a must! Sounds like the perfect post-race treat! Good luck this weekend!

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    1. I'm so glad we are doing the chocolate spa! I'll let you know how it is!

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  10. The Hershey 10k sounds like so much fun! Have fun in NYC!!!

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  11. Chocolate spa treatments?! Those sound amazing! It's always interesting to hear how plans and race goals change - I'm shooting for a PR in my half marathon this fall and I'm trying to plan other races around that. We'll see how it goes!

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  12. The Hershey races have been on my radar for awhile now. It sounds like such a fun racecation, and probably a similar vibe to running at Disney.

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    1. I think i'm more excited about the hotel and the spa than I am about the race.haha

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  13. Have a great race this weekend!!! That Hershey racecation sounds like a lot of fun.

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    1. Thank you Vicki. I hope they are both enjoyable!

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  14. Good luck this weekend!
    I didn't have any races scheduled until May but that seems really far away so yesterday I signed up for a 10K on April 9th just for fun.
    The Hershey races look fun and I can never resist a pirate theme!

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    1. May will be here before you know it. Scheduling races is a good way to make time fly by quickly!

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  15. Good luck this weekend!!
    I'm only just now sorting out my race schedule for the year and it looks like I may end up with a few spring races on my list.

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    1. It's always nice to have some spring races on the list before the weather gets too hot!

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  16. You had me at Hershey as my favorite & not knowing anything about it ;) #allthechocolate

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  17. You'll have to post about the chocolate treatments. I've heard of mud baths, do they do chocolate baths?

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  18. Hershey sounds like so much fun..I mean it's chocolate, right?

    I am very jealous that you get to run NYC. Someday for me. I can't wait to hear about it.

    I love race-cations. I wish had t he time and money to take more of them..

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  19. Oh my gosh you are going to have a GREAT time at the Hershey Hotel! Is Scott going with you or is it "me time"?

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  20. How exciting, the NYC Half Marathon?! I'm sure you'll get to see some cool places in NYC. Have a great weekend :-)
    Xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  21. The Hershey race sounds really fun! And Im sure it will be great to run through NYC! Hope you have a great time!

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  22. You had me at spa and chocolate treatments!! Have a great race this weekend in NYC! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  23. I know I would be excited about Hershey's the most. It's my favorite chocolate!

    Good luck this weekend!

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  24. I am doing Hershey 10K too!! I am so excited for you!

    Don't worry too much about the hills, you barely feel them.

    I am super excited for you and your spa time at the Hershey Hotel! I'm going to message you, maybe we can meet for dinner.

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