Monday, May 12, 2014

Races for 2014 {finally}!

I realize that it's already the middle of May, but I finally decided on my races for the summer/fall. I'm doing one a month until October. After that we'll see what's on tap.

So far this year, I ran the Frosty 5k and had a decent time. I've also already completed the Nike Women's Half Marathon in DC. I figured that my legs would be a disaster after the Half Marathon, but my ridiculously slow pace has saved my legs (if you want to look at it that way).

I've decided to run the Bread and Honey Festival 5K again this year. The hill, the humidity and my lack of preparation really kicked my butt last year, but this year I'm completely ready. Honestly, the only part of the race that I can picture is the hill. I'm going to master that hill. I've already thought about going and running it a couple times before the race (it's pretty close by). The race is on June 8 (one day after my birthday) and then afterwards we'll go visit the Bread and Honey Festival with all of the rides and activities. I'm pretty excited!

In July, I'm going to be running the Green Germann Sakran Canada Day 5k! I'm also going to be signing up Joseph for the 1K race! He's pretty excited about it. We even did some "training" today at the park. It's another 5K, which is great because we'll be heading to our annual RibFest BBQ at a friends house. Sounds like a perfect day to me! Running and then some beers! I'm also excited for a medal with a maple leaf on it!

In August, I'll be doing the Midsummer Night's Run again in Toronto. It was by far one of my most difficult races last year but I loved it and had a ton of fun with my friend , Lisa (she talked me into it). This is going to be my fundraising race so. I'm hoping to raise at least $300 for Sick Kids Hospital.

race website

I'm really excited for my September race! A whole bunch of my coworkers are heading to the Island to participate in the Island Girl Half Marathon relay and 5k! I'm hoping it'll be a nice day because it'll be a blast spending the day on the Island with them. I love that I was included in this because even though I've been in the school for a year, I'm still getting to know people. My running partner is amazing and I'm definitely going to need some work to keep up with her and make sure that I don't hold our time back!

Island Girl 2014 Logo
My next half marathon is in October. I'm going to be doing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (well, the half marathon). I figured a run closer to home would be better for my fall 1/2 since we went so far away for my spring half marathon. This one I can drive to (or take public transit) and get there easily. Plus, Lisa (mentioned above) is running it with her group of running friends and has kindly extended the invitation for me to join them for the race (of course, they'll all take off, but you know)! I'm hoping to get my 1/2 time back down to around 2:30 (as opposed to 3 hours).

Once those are done, I'll know what my plans are for the spring. I'm partially hoping to go run the Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon in Phoenix in January but I'm also looking at the Phoenix Marathon (again, just the 1/2). For now, I'm content with these races. I think they're enough to keep my motivation up, but spread out enough to not stress out the The Husband too much.

Check back for these updates as the months tick by!

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