The only two races that I’m currently registered for are the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon in March and the Chicago Marathon in October. Even though much of my focus in 2017 will be on training to run my first marathon, it most certainly won’t be the only race that I run next year. There’s several other races that I’m currently contemplating registering for, and my decision as to which races I’ll run will depend on how my marathon training plan ultimately takes shape.
Some of the races that I’m considering running in 2017 include:
1. Loudoun Half Marathon – April 23rd
I’m a huge fan of the race series that our local running store, Potomac River Running, puts on. Each year I often forget about the Loudoun Half until I see pictures on social media from other runners, but depending on how my training calendar for the year shapes up I might consider running this half marathon in 2017. There is also an 8k the day before, and an extra medal for running the two day challenge, the LoCo Challenge, which makes this half marathon even more intriguing.
2. Jaguar 5k – April 29th
This is the local 5k that I’ve run or walked every year for several years now, which is an athletics fundraiser for the first high school that I worked at. As long as I’m in town and not otherwise busy, I plan to continue running this race every year.
3. ZOOMA Annapolis 10k or Half Marathon – June 3rd
I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been invited back to be a ZOOMA ambassador in 2017. I had a blast running ZOOMA Annapolis this year, and cannot wait to participate in the 10th anniversary of this race. Whether I run the 10k or half marathon will 100% depend on what my Chicago training plan looks like.
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4. Leesburg 20k – August 20th
This is another Potomac River Running race, and I loved my race experience back in 2014. Its an out and back course, and its so much fun to pass by runners running in either direction, especially the elite runners. Their speed is incredibly motivating, especially since this race in the midst of the summer and is on a hilly course.
5. Clarendon Day 10k or Double (5k followed by 10k) – September 24th
I’ve run the 10k twice (in both 2014 and 2015), and particularly love the enthusiasm that this race attracts. The course is a net downhill, starting in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, and then after taking runners towards the Pentagon and Crystal City finishes back in the Courthouse neighborhood. Its a part of the larger Clarendon Day celebration, and is a fun way to partake in the neighborhood festival.
In addition to running traditional races, I also plan to participate in a handful of virtual races again. I find virtual races to be incredibly motivational, especially when I’m in the midst of training for a goal race. I most recently participated in the Catch Me If You Can Virtual 5k with Gone for a Run, which I ran last week while pushing little man in the stroller.
QOTD: Which race(s) are you considering running in 2017?