Since I started running almost a year ago, I’ve come to realize that I need to have an upcoming race to train for in order to be motivated to run.
This is one of the many reasons that I’m determined to complete 14 races in 2014. Thus far, I’ve completed two – the Disney World 10k and the Disney World Half Marathon. I’ll run Rock ‘n’ Roll USA in just over three short weeks, and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in a little over six weeks. But I’ve been struggling to figure out which other races I will add to my calendar in 2014.
Why am I struggling? The problem I’m facing is not that there aren’t enough races, but rather the opposite – that there are too many great races to choose from! We are blessed here in the DC area to be home to some of the country’s most prized races. Last year I also fell in love with a local running store’s race series. I ran four races with Potomac River Running last year, and am looking forward to running many races with them again this year.
Preston and I are also debating a return trip to Disney World in November for the 5th anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Finances and leave from work are our top considerations for this race, particularly since there are so many other places we’d love to travel to.
Last month I posted my tentative 2014 race calendar as part of my announcement to complete 14 races in 2014. My updated race calendar with possible races is as follows:
March 2nd – Reston 10 Miler
(I’m keeping a close eye on the weather for this one – it’ll be a last minute decision!)
March 15th – Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon
April 6th – Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
April 26th – Jaguar 5K
July 4th – Firecracker 5K
August 31st – Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
September 6th – Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K
September 27th – Clarendon Day 10K
September 28th – Perfect 10 10K or 10 Miler
October 12th – Army Ten Miler
October 18th – Baltimore Half Marathon
October 26th – Marine Corps Marathon 10K
November 8th – Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon
November 9th – Veteran’s Day 5K
(races in italics are possible races – I haven’t registered for them yet)
Clearly, there’s a lot of races I’m considering right now. I’ve learned over the past year that I love the thrill of racing!
If there’s a race that you’ve run before that you’d recommend, especially if its a local DC race or within driving distance, I’d love to hear your recommendations! Even if its not within driving distance, I’ve also been starting my race Bucket List, and am always looking for more ideas for that list as well.
QOTD: What race are you most looking forward to running in 2014?