Back in January, I shared a very tentative plan for my races for this year. With little man having just been born, I wasn’t in a place to focus much on putting my race calendar together. Since then, I’ve been invited back to be a Rock ‘n’ Blogger again this year, as well as a race ambassador for the Fit Foodie 5k. I’ve also been invited to be a ZOOMA ambassador this year. My participation with each of these organizations has very heavily helped shape my race calendar for the year.
Like I said back in January, my focus this year will still be on choosing quality races. Most of the races that I plan to run this year are repeat races, and ones that I’ve had a positive race experience at.
I still haven’t registered for the majority of these races, so this calendar is still very much a work in progress. But this is what I’m currently thinking in terms of my 2016 race calendar:
March 12th – Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon
I shared my race plan for this race yesterday and previously ran this race in 2014. I’m excited to see a number of other bloggers at the race on Saturday, and to kick off my 2016 race season running in DC.
April 30th – Jaguar 5k
This is one of those local races that I’ll continue to run every year because of the personal connection that I have with this race. This race is an annual athletics fundraiser for the high school that I worked at for the first five years of my teaching career. Its also where I ran my current 5k PR last year.
May 21st – Fit Foodie 5k
I ran this race last year, and am looking forward to being able to fully enjoy the post race experience this year since I’m not pregnant. Want to join me for this race? Use discount code DANCINGTORUNNING to save 10% on your registration.
June 4th – ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon
I’ve been wanting to run a ZOOMA race for awhile now, and am very much looking forward to running a race in a city that I haven’t run in before. Want to join me for this race, or want to run ZOOMA Cape Cod or ZOOMA Florida this year? Use discount code KATHRYN16 to save 10% on your registration.
September 4th – Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
Anybody that knows me well knows that I’m a huge fan of anything and everything that has to do with the beach. For the past three years, Preston and I have closed out our summer in Virginia Beach. In 2013 I ran the 5k and both in 2014 and last year I ran the half marathon. I’m excited about the idea of once again ending the summer at a place that I thoroughly enjoy. Want to join me for this race, or want to run another Rock ‘n’ Roll half or full marathon this year? Use discount code DANCINGTORUNNING to save $15.
September 18th – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon
I ran this race for the first time last year at 32 weeks pregnant. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am looking forward to giving this race another try while not pregnant to see just how fast I can run this course.
October 9th – Army Ten Miler
I ran this race back in 2014 after volunteering in 2013. I loved the course, as well as the crowd support, and am contemplating a return to this race this year. Registration usually sells out the day that it opens, so I’ll have to make a decision later in the spring when registration opens.
October 30th – Marine Corps Marathon 10k
This race has been on my bucket list for awhile, and 6.2 miles would be a great last long run before I run Wine and Dine the following weekend.
November 5th – Wine and Dine Half Marathon
Preston and I have been looking forward to running this race since we registered last March. Although it was sad that we had to defer the race to this year, we’re very excited about fully experiencing our next runDisney race.
So there you have it – my current thinking for the 2016 race season. I’m sure some changes will be made, especially as my personal calendar evolves throughout the year. But one thing is for certain: running will continue to be a big part of my life this year!
QOTD: What race(s) are you most looking forward to running this year?