One of my goals for this year is to PR in every race distance that I run. I know that this is going to be quite a challenge, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not up for it. This goal has been in the back of my mind as I have been working on figuring out which races I’ll be running this year.
I’m currently only registered for four races this year, but I have many more on the list of possible races to run this year. I don’t want every race that I run this year to be a goal race, so I’m trying to carefully balance my choices out while also considering the needs of my family as well.
Below is what the draft of my 2018 race calendar currently looks like. Races in italics are the ones that I have not yet registered for.
February 3rd – For the Love of It 10k – This race will be a last minute decision, mainly because I want to keep my eye on the weather and see if the weather will be more or less ideal for running a winter race.
February 24th – Princess Enchanted 10k (Part 1 of the Fairy Tale Challenge) – As I’ve previously shared, my friend Kathleen and I will be running this race with the only goal being to have fun.
February 25th – Princess Half Marathon (Part 2 of the Fairy Tale Challenge) – Like with the 10k, the one and only goal of this race will be to have fun.
March 4th – Reston 10 Miler – Like with the For the Love of It 10k, whether or not I register for this race will be a last minute decision based on the weather. I haven’t run a 10 mile race since April 2015 so I’d like to change that this year.
July 4th – Firecracker 5k – I have no idea what our 4th of July plans are yet, but if we’re in town I’d like to kick off our country’s birthday by running this local race. I’ve previously run this race in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
August 19th – Leesburg 20k – This race should work well as a long training run for the Chicago Marathon. I absolutely loved my race experience back in 2014 and this would definitely be a fun way to complete one of my marathon training runs.
October 7th – Chicago Marathon – I’m hopeful that with the right focus, dedication, and training that I will be able to run this race faster than I did this past year. Just like last year, I’ll be running with Team RMHC again. I cannot wait to represent this fantastic organization once again this year.
There are a couple of other races that I have in the back of my mind as possibilities for this year, but this is the current list of races that I think is most realistic for myself and my family. I cannot wait to see what I’m capable of accomplishing this year and how close I’ll be able to come in reaching my PR goal this year!
QOTD: What races are you most looking forward to running in 2018?
I am linking up with Deb for the Race Linkup. Be sure to also check out her post for more race ideas.