Just because I have decided to take the pressure off when it comes to training and keep my goals more personal, doesn’t mean I don’t have a race schedule planned. And here it is!
Shamrock 8K; Virginia Beach, VA- My first race of 2011. My friend Nicole and I planned to do the half-marathon but did not sign up in time unfortunately. Since we had already found a placed to stay, taken the time off work and planned the trip we decided to at least do the 8k and then just spectate the half and full. I really wanted to run this race since I had to bag it last year after my injury, but I guess it is just not meant to be for me. At the very least, I will enjoy 4 days in VA Beach :)
B.A.A Boston 5k; Boston, MA- This is obviously assuming I get in on the day registration opens. I know it is going to be a crapshoot since 27402378 are trying to sign up but hopefully I will get in. Either way, I will still be in Boston for the marathon and I am way ridiculously beyond excited to reconnect with and meet new bloggers It is going to be a super fabulous weekend.
Frederick 1/2 Marathon; Frederick, MD- I actually just decided on this the last week. I wanted a May 1/2 marathon and this one fits best into my schedule. Plus, since I deferred Baltimore to this year, I will get the Double Medal
Black Bear Olympic Relay; Poconos, PA- Despite the freezing cold, rain and getting sick in the water, I loved this race. I was the swimmer last year with my friends Kurt and Brian and I am the swimmer this year with my friends Shauna and Lisa. Hopefully we get better weather and I can get some revenge on that swim course!
Boilermaker 15K; Utica, NY- This race takes place the day after my 30th birthday so a few of my friends and I are heading up to race and party it up! We are spending the weekend, including my actual birthday there and then running is specially made shirts! Other than Boston, I am most excited for this race.
NJ State Sprint; Mercer, NJ- This is my “A” race for 2011…this is my favorite course by far and as anyone who reads my blog knows, run by my favorite RD’s, CGI. I am not even kidding…this race is great! Even in 100 degree weather last year it was enjoyable. If you are looking for a mid-July tri, I cannot recommend anything more than this race!
Belmar Sprint; Belmar, NJ- This race is pretty simple but still one of my favorites. I love the ocean swim, the simplicity of the looped bike course and the run along the beach. This will be my third consecutive year racing this course and I look forward to getting even better this year than last year.
Timberman Sprint; Lake Winnipesaukee, NH- This is the only race on this schedule that I am still back and forth on; the entry fee is ridiculous and hard to justify but a lot of my teammates will be there and it will make for a fun weekend. Plus…Chrissie Wellington. Yeah, her.
Wildwood 1/2 Marathon- Wildwood, NJ- This is the newest 1/2 marathon in the CGI half-marathon series and I am very excited about this race. Not only does it take place the same time I am on vacation in Wildwood, but so many of my teammates are racing this and with the entry fee you get a ticket into Morey’s Pier and water park. So after the race we will be hanging out on the boardwalk and beach AND then back at my place to hang out. It will be a most excellent way to end summer!
Baltimore 1/2 Marathon- Baltimore, MD- I deferred this race last year to this year and as much as I loved this race in 2009, Baltimore does not make it easy to stay overnight there. The hotels in the area do not accommodate even though they are “race supporting” hotels. I found it all to be very frustrating and if I run into issues again this year, I probably won’t bother with the race anymore. Which would be a shame since I really do like it and they give out the coolest medals!
Philadelphia Marathon- Philadelphia, NJ- Yup. Giving it another go. I am unsure if I will ever attempt a second, so the first has to be Philly. The half distance has my little racing heart and I cannot think of any other full that I would want to be my first.
I put a lot less on my plate this year than last but as you can see, I am also going to give the marathon another try. My first attempt was a bust but I feel like this year could be my year. Especially because I have full intentions of going into every race the way I did the Philly half this year. And of course, at the end of the day, all I want to do is finish.
I am sure there will be some 5k’s and 10k’s dispersed in there but for the most part, I want to keep it more simple for 2011. I am still toying with Steelman again if I can get a relay together but I don’t think I’ll be adding in any more big races. I am excited for all the traveling I get to do with my racing this year and picked my races bases in large part based on that. I figure, I got nothing holding me back right now…midas well get all the traveling I can get it while I can.
Will I be seeing any of you at any of the above races???