I’m planning my 2014 racing calendar! I need some goals, people. I think having some races in mind will help motivate me to set those goals. I do, so far, have one for the first part of the year and it is to PR in the 5K. But first…
Hot Chocolate 15K on March 2
Running this with friends. I have not been training for longer distances, so I just plan to “run and see.” I’ve heard this race is super fun, though! (Plus, chocolate. Duh.) If you sign up, check (Just) Trying is for Little Girls first–she has a promo code for a cute free mug.
I want a 5K PR. (I am aiming for a sub-24:00 5K and I think that is realistic. I got a 25:04 at the Santa Runs at the beginning of December and I didn’t even train. It was all strength training.) I have a few 5Ks on my radar:
Ruston Way 5K on April 19: Could I PR here? Who has run this before?
Bellevue 5K on April 28th: Looking at the map, I know there’s one big downhill. Trying to remember if Bellevue Way from 112th up to Downtown Park is slightly uphill. I feel like it is. It may not be a PR course. Would be fun to run there, though, as I worked in Bellevue for many years and even lived there for a few. Anyone run this before?
Seahawks 12K/5K on April 13: Ack! Why are all the races in April? I definitely have to do this one after they won the Super Bowl! I suspect a huge crowd at this one, though, so probably will not be great for PR. Because of that, I’m thinking I’ll just run the 12K so I can wear my costume longer. Who’s doing this one this year? Do I even need to ask that?
Are there any good 5Ks in June? I’d prefer to stay away from downtown Seattle.
Women’s Triathlon on June 14 (formerly Dilettante Tri): My first tri last year, I feel like I want to redeem myself and not spend 5 minutes in the first transition.
You Go Girl! on September 14: This is my absolute favorite half marathon around here. Could I beat my PR, which I got there in 2011, of 1:52? I might want to try. It will depend on if the hubs wants to drive aaaalllll the way to Pullman for a football game against Portland State. I’m thinking I might get to run this! I’ll make it my birthday present to me.
Edited to add:
I always consider the St. Paddy’s Day Run in Tacoma on March 15. The 5K, not the half.
I forgot to add the Rainier to Ruston Relay on June 7. We always do this one!
What races are you running? Any MUST RUN races I should look at?