There are only a couple of months left in 2014 (how the heck did that happen?) so naturally I am already trying to hammer out my race schedule for next year.
Okay, who am I trying to kid here? I have been “scheduling” races for 2015 since 2014 began. It’s just what I do. If I had it my way I would run all the races but logistics doesn’t allow that, for good reason. So races that I couldn’t get to this year, got put on the list for next year.
Technically I am only officially signed up for one race next year at this point but I thought it would be fun to take a look at the races that I am considering for 2015. Typically I do one race a month so I will have to make some compromises along the way.
Chris and I are doing the Star Wars Rebel Challenge at Disneyland in January! It will be both our first and second Disney race as the challenge involves us running a 10k on Saturday and a Half Marathon on Sunday. It was also be our first time at Disneyland and Chris’s first official half marathon (although he ran 14 miles at the Spartan Beast). As you can see there will be a lot of firsts and it should be a great experience!
I have nothing on the radar for February as of yet. Winter was pretty rough on us in Michigan here last year and to be quite honest, I was pretty miserable during all of our Winter races. Maybe I will play it by ear and see how Mother Nature treats us.
I have several races that I am eyeing for March. One of which is Rock CF which is a race that I have been doing since its inception. The race is on Grosse Ile and it benefits Cystic Fibrosis. It is one of my favorite races as it is scenic, well-organized, has a great shirt, awesome medal and the best post race food.
The other two that I am considering doing are ones that I have not yet run. One of which is the Cork Town Race which is a St. Patty’s themed race and is one of the largest 5ks in Michigan. It has a fun party atmosphere and also a sweet medal.
The other race that I am considering isn’t a traditional race. It is the Fight for Air Climb which is held downtown Detroit at the Renaissance Center and it benefits the American Lung Association. And it is exactly as it sounds, a race up flights of stairs. The full climb is 70 floors and the half climb is 40 floors. I have never done anything like that and have been wanting to give it a go.
If the Indiana Spartan Sprint is held in April again we many consider doing it as we really enjoyed the course. Plus now that I have finally done some Spartan Races, I am HOOKED!
The bf and I also want to do the Serious Series this year which is a race series that involves three trail races. The first of which is in April and it is called the Trail Marathon. Don’t let the name fool you, there are other distances at the race other than marathon. We are eyeing the half marathon. This race is held on the Potowatami Trail and has been said to be a pretty tough course!
I think we may do the Back to the Beach run again in 2015 because we enjoyed it so much. You can click here to read all about it.
I would also really like to do Mud Guts and Glory which is dubbed as an extreme mud obstacle run. It is in Ohio so that is not too far away from us and it is an OCR event that we have not yet tried so it is calling my name.
In June we will be doing the second trail run of the year for the Serious Series. This one is called Flirt with Dirt and they have either a 5k or a 10k. I am sure we will do the 10k because it is double the fun.
Normally I would say that I would be running the Warrior Dash in July but I think we are going to skip it in 2015. We just weren’t very impressed with it when we ran it this past Summer. Or maybe once you start running Spartan Races, other races just start to not measure up.
Regardless, we are eyeing the Waugoshance Trail Marathon. In addition to the marathon they also offer a relay and a half marathon. I expect that we would do the half marathon. This race ends in Mackinaw City which is near where my Mom lives and it is near where I grew up. It seems like a great excuse to go visit my Mom if you ask me!
I have a lot of options that I am weighing for August. We will for sure be doing The Legend which is the third race of the Serious Series but I also have three OCRs that I am interested in . One is the Down and Dirty which we did this past Summer, the other is another Mud Guts and Glory race and the last one is Swamp Foot which is a local mud run that I have heard a lot about but I have yet to do. Decisions, decisions.
I really want to do the Hungerford Games trail run and this may finally be the year that I don’t have any other races that conflict with it. Yay! And this my friends, is the reason why I make lists of races that I want to do so I don’t forget about them. Because eventually I will do them.
Nothing is on the radar at this point.
Chris really wants to do the Wine and Dine race at Disney World. Since we are already registered for the Star Wars Race in January, 2015 may be our only opportunity to go for the Disney Coast to Coast challenge. The Coast to Coast Challenge is where you run a qualifying race at both Disneyland and Disney World to earn the coveted Coast to Coast medal. And while I am not against that idea, I just think it is a lot of Disney in one year and a lot of money. We shall see.
Again nothing on the radar for this month, although I may just go into hibernation mode for the Winter.
So after typing all of this out, it appears that 2015 is going to be the year of the trail races. I love trail races but I do feel my schedule is lacking in OCRs and mud runs. If I don’t get an adequate dosage of OCRs each year it is hazardous to my health. It’s a medical condition and OCRs are the medication. It is really out of my control.
What races are you eyeing for 2015?