Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Races to Run

I messed up last week and I posted my pampering post when I should have posted about Spring. If you’d like to read about the Chocolate Spa at the Hotel Hershey, you can check out this post HERE.

So now I guess I’ll talk about Spring!

I can’t believe how fast Spring is going already. Heck in another week it will be May! I also can’t believe how many good races are available in this short window of time. I know many people can plan a full race schedule for each season and not think anything of it. I am not one of those people. I can really only plan one long distance race and maybe a few mid distance races per season.  As you know, I’m just building my confidence and strength back up and I don’t want to do too much!  This year already I’ve done the NYC Half in March (would you consider that a spring-ish races?), and the Hershey 10K in April, and I may do one more mid-distance race in May before our Spring ends. That is enough for me!




However I’ve been keeping a running list (no pun intended),  of Spring races I’ll want to do in 2018. Since so many of them are around the same time, chances are I won’t get to do them all, but it’s good to keep a list for the future.

1. The Lucky Charm 5K/10K- I’m hoping to have this race in March be the first race I do next year. I think training for a 10K is a good and reasonable goal to have for over the winter months.

2. The NYC Half??? – Scott said I should do this one again since we had so much fun last month. Even though I LOVED this race and will claim it as the best courses I’ve run so far, I’m not sure I want to jump right in and do it again next year. I had such a great training cycle this winter, we ended up having great weather on race day, and just everything worked out wonderfully. Even though I didn’t PR, it was a really great race for me and I just want to leave it at that! End on a high note if you will.

3. Atlantic City April Fools – This is one of my favorite race weekends! I’ve done this race the past four years but this year opted not to do it in exchange for doing the Hershey 10K instead. Usually the Hershey race and this race are on the same weekend in April but this year it wasn’t for some reason but I didn’t realize this until I had already made other plans. I’m hoping to go back and run it again next year!

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Hershey 10K ???- I really LOVED being in Hershey! I loved Chocolate World, I loved the Hotel, and most of all I loved the Chocolate Spa! I had a chest cold while running the 10K race and I found it to be way hillier than I would have liked. There was a lot of time ran in the park (which was also hilly) which was nice. The medal was great as was the shirt and post race swag! I’m not really sure how I feel about this race but giving it another chance is not completely out of the question (as long as it is not the same weekend as the Atlantic City race).

4. Pittsburgh Half Marathon – Gotta get that "Runner of Steel" medal at some point. Plus I want to try the new "flatter" course".  I ended up giving my registration away to Gretchen from Gretch Runs, so I am happy that she will be running it this May as I virtually cheer her own! 


5. The Kentucky Derby Half Marathon- This race has been on my bucket list for a while now but this may have to be a full out Race-cation for me since it is not close.  

As always, so many races in such a short period of time.  I won't get them all done in one year, but hopefully I'll do them.. What Spring races have you wanted to do but haven't got to do yet? -M


28 comments:

  1. I'm on the fence about doing the NYC Half again. It was great, but it's an expensive destination! By the end of May I will have done 5 races this year, and it's already taking a toll on my body, so I have to be careful!

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    1. You are right, NYC is an expensive endevour!

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  2. Great list! Its always fun to have a list of potential future races. I think the NYC half would be fun to do someday!

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  3. We don't really have "spring" races here--it is either winter or summer! I would love to do the NYC half one day...

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    1. Yes, the weather has been quite warm lately!

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  4. The Kentucky Derby race has been on my radar as well. Yeah spring is slipping by here. Maybe because it's been so rainy.

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    1. As long as it's warm I don't mind if it rains! We've been lucky here so far!

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  5. I like your thoughts about NYC. there is something about not wanting to risk tarnishing the great memory you have. Thanks for the linkup today

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    1. Yes, that is exactly what I was trying to say. I'm glad you got that!

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  6. I recently heard of the Kentucky Derby Marathon (the guy who helped me with my new shoes, a couple weeks ago, told me that's his next race). I've never raced (or even run) in Kentucky...so, I need to work on that little detail ;-)

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  7. I would love to do the Hershey 10K - I mean hello, chocolate!! Plus it just seems like a fun race overall!

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  8. I've got my eye on the Kentucky Derby half potentially, too. I've never been to KY.

    I've heard great things about the Atlantic City half too, but it so often snows then. I haven't done NJ yet either.

    Some years we don't get much spring up here -- this looks to be one of them. :(

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    1. It has never snowed in AC that weekend!

      If you mean there is snow at your home at that time then I'd say that's a perfect time to head to the beach for a race!

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  9. There are quite a few spring races here but nothing that makes me want to jump in! Looking forward to my Wisconsin half in 2 weeks with my southern friend!

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  10. You totally know I'll push you towards the Ky Derby one ;) You'd totally have to stay the week & do the Derby festivities... Go to the Oaks the next Friday. That's the best day at the track ... make sure you have a hat ;)

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  11. Funny story... I heard from the local running group that Hershey 10K changed the date of their race, because there was another local big race, the Capitol Area 10 Miler. The one year they held them together, they were competing for the same group of people and both lost people. Originally it was scheduled for April 1st, I know this because I marked my calendar in September as April 1st.

    I have Pittsburgh on my list for next year too!

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  12. I haven't started thinking about next spring yet. I'll have to find a Colorado calendar with all the races to know what's around here, or choose a destination race. April's out since it's a reporting month, so either March or May.

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  13. If you do Lucky Charm maybe I will come cheer you on! :)

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  14. That Kentucky Derby one sounds like fun! I have a couple on the radar for next year... the Wildflower Half trail race or the Texas Flower Country 10k. Both great opportunities to see the awesome wildflowers that are in bloom here in the spring.

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  15. I'm keeping the NYC Half on my radar for next year, I hear such great things! I still haven't done a race in AC...need to consider that too!

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  16. I'm originally from PA (just south of Hershey) and actually used to work for the Hershey Company in their offices (yes, it smelled like chocolate, yes, we got free candy. :-)). I have a good friend back home who loves all of the Hershey races but she always complains about the hills! One of these years, I'll make it up there and run with her. I've heard lots of good things about those races.

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  17. The Kentucky Derby Half is on my list too! As a Tennessee gal, I can't resist the idea of racing in that part of the country. So many good choices on your list.

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  18. Oh the Kentucky Derby half sound nice but like you I would have to make it into a vacation.

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  19. I would love to run a 5K here in Hong Kong!! My favorite from your list was NYC Half. What a fun race!

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  20. I've heard good things about the Kentucky Derby race. And the Runner of Steel medal would definitely be a draw for me! The spring race I've always wanted to do is the Canyonlands half marathon in Moab but it's smack in the middle of my busy season at work so I haven't ever made it happen...

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