Since Lauren already previewed her 2015 schedule, I thought it was only fitting to preview mine… or at least what I have lined up so far 🙂
*Disney Dopey Challenge*
Unless you’ve lived under a rock or never read this blog before, all of you know I am doing the Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World in January! A few of my friends ran Disney Marathon Weekend last year, I just knew that I had to be a part of it for myself in 2015.
I’ve never run a marathon before (never thought I actually would!) but I figured why not go all out for the first one. 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday and a Full Marathon on Sunday.
I’m excited that Lauren will be there (I’m sure she won’t be excited when my alarm clock has to go off at 2:30 every morning for the races) and running in the marathon. I fully expect her to be cheering for me at the finish. My friend Brandon is also running the marathon, so it will be fun to see him and his wife Mitra has well.
*Austin Half Marathon*
I’ve kind of kept quiet about this race because at first I wasn’t sure if I could even do it… but after some maneuvering around my work special event schedule, I’m able to do this one! It’ll be a little over a month after Disney, so I should be rested and ready to go.
About 2 years ago, I interviewed for a job in Austin Texas. I literally was flown down there on a Tuesday morning in January and came back to Chicago that evening. It was such a quick experience that I didn’t have any chance to explore the city at all, especially when I didn’t get the job. When I found out about the Austin Marathon last year, I loved the medal design and decided I needed to put it on my list for 2015.
I registered in June for this race for an early bird rate, have my hotel room booked, and now I just need to get the airline ticket (next paycheck J). I’m trying to figure out now if it’s worth my time to go to the Alamo (its about 90 minutes away from Austin)… I’m not sure if I’ll ever make it back to Texas, so I want to do everything I can!
*Shamrock 8k and Half Marathon—Dolphin Challenge*
Sometimes, I’m super jealous that I do not live on the east coast for the races that J&A puts on each year in the Virginia Beach area. If you’ve never heard of this group, look them up.. their races look amazing and get great reviews!
Since I love St. Patrick’s Day, I knew that I would have to run the Shamrock Half Marathon at some point to get Virginia done. My high school friend Kathryn had talked about signing up for this race and with a price increase happening around Halloween, I told her we’d have to figure it out sooner rather than later! She really wanted to do the Dolphin Challenge and I figured, what the heck, why not?! It’s another 2 medals and as long as I walk/run (more walking than usual for me) during the 8k, I should be fine to do the half the next day.
I especially want to take the 8k slow, because I am planning for the Shamrock Half Marathon to be my goal race much like Nike Women’s Half in DC was my goal race of 2014. I’ll be sharing my 2015 goals soon and you’ll have to see what I’m hoping to accomplish in Virginia Beach!
*Oak Barrel Half*
It’s looking like I might be doing a half every month in 2015! Probably not in the summer months—high humidity and high temperatures do not agree with me.
This race is not going to be a goal race at all. The race is very hilly and features the “Whisky Hill”—which is supposed to be a beast of a hill. It is held in Lynchburg Tennessee—home of Jack Daniels—and features a wooden medal in the shape of a barrel. I’m planning on taking a tour of the Jack Daniels factory and getting an engraved bottle! The race is very small (limited to 1450 runners) and sold out in 2 days.
Since this race is the first weekend in April, which is also Easter weekend, I’m actually going to fly to Nashville and then drive from Nashville to Lynchburg. This will allow me to make it to my parents house on Saturday evening before Easter morning.
*500 Festival Mini-Marathon*
So far, this is my only half marathon that I will be driving to in 2015. I go from one of the smallest half marathons in Tennessee to the nation’s largest half marathon in Indianapolis.
I lived in Indianapolis for a short period of time in 2008, so I am very familiar with the city and their love of the Indy 500. The medal is always very cute (features a checkered flag ribbon) and it ends on the Indy 500 track. I cannot wait to make this my Indiana race!
I’m considering running the Flying Pig Full in Cincinnati the next day—but I will not sign up until after the Dopey Challenge so see how my body holds up doing a half marathon and a full marathon back to back days. If I do sign up for the Flying Pig, then I’m going to take this race nice and slow J.
That’s all I’m registered for at this point… I might be registering for Rt 66 Half Marathon in Tulsa by the end of the week (it’s in November—10th anniversary—and I love Rt 66) so it should be a great race. I’m considering a full other East coast races in the fall as well (possibly a double weekend)—but I’ll be waiting to register for those ones for awhile.
Anything you think I should add either this year or in coming years?!