Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So Many Races, So Little Time

In 2012, anyway.

I'm not sure if you have taken a look at my Upcoming Races page but the 2012 Race Calendar is jam-packed with lots of fun options.

In the short amount of time that Mike and I have been running, we have fallen in love with racing. Don't get me wrong if I had to stop racing I would still run, but having a race to look forward to provides that extra excitement that I might need every once in awhile.

Ten Ugly Men 10K

Finishing my first half marathon!

The other night Mike registered us for the Freezeroo Series and I can't wait! We missed the first race in the series because it was the day after our last 5K, but we are going to do the remaining 5 races. It will be fun to get out there in the winter and see what we can do, although if Rochester starts living up to its name of being the 2nd snowiest city in the country we may not be full on racing.

This series means that starting January 1st we are going to have a race every two weeks until February 25th! Any local runners who want to join us?

Beyond February 25th our race calendar only has two races that we are registered for on it, the Seneca 7 77.7 mile relay and the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

I have put some potential races that we are considering registering for but if you look closely we have some decisions to make. A few of our potential races conflict with each other!

I want to try to run in the Polar Bear Series Half Marathon in March. When I saw Ali talk about it awhile back it sparked my interest. After looking into it more I realized that the race is only $10! I did see a race in Rochester that looked interesting, Johnny's Running of the Green 5 mile, but I think it is going to end up being on the same weekend as the half marathon. In the end we will do whichever race we feel like we are the most prepared for, I may not be quite ready to train for another half marathon just yet.

The biggest conflict that we have is the Cleveland Half Marathon and a local Spring Classic Duathlon in May. We really want to do the Cleveland Half but since we are already paying for one destination race this year we might do the duathlon instead. I just found the duathlon this weekend and thought it would be a good way to get into multi-sport races. I am leaning toward this option since the race fee is cheaper and we wouldn't have to pay for travel and lodging. Plus, with the money we save we could register for another local race!

If we end up not running in the Cleveland Half Marathon I am sure that it will be a top contender for our 2013 race calendar. It's hard to fit everything that we want to do into our schedule, plus we don't want to go broke paying for races!

The most important race that we have to register for prior to the end of February (when the fee goes up) is the Wineglass Marathon. This is the race that I am looking forward to the most and no matter what I am toeing the line in Bath, New York on September 30, 2012.

Bath or Bust

Have you started planning your 2012 race calendar? What races are you looking forward to the most?


  1. Sounds like you have lots of good stuff on your calendar! I'm committed to the NYC Half, NYC Tri, and New York Marathon. I'm sure I'll add a few others along the way, though!

  2. Omg, the ten ugly men was my first race ever! I ran the 5K. We were so close and didn't even know it. And I'd do some of the series once I get back to upperstate NY.

  3. Rach - Those are awesome races to have on your calendar! I want to do a race in NYC eventually.

    Rena - I know, crazy! You should definitely do some of the series races when you come back. They are $15 each, not bad! Then we could hang out after the race.

  4. The Wineglass Marathon looks sooo awesome! Honestly I thought it would be in Napa until you wrote that it was in NY! I might have to sign up for that.....

  5. I've started thinking about it pretty hard as one local race director is offering super early bird discounts that end on 1/15. I need to figure it out sooner than later.

  6. All of those looks good and your calendar is filling up! How fun! I have started to plan but only paid for two so far.

  7. Great plans! We spent the last 6 years in Ithaca and I considered the Wineglass marathon but never did it... I'll be curious to hear your experience! So far I have 2 half marathons-Houston in Jan, Austin in Feb, not sure yet about a full this year.

  8. Enthusiasticrunner - you should definitely do it! If you do we could meet up.

    Anonymous - I hope you get to take advantage of the super early bird discounts!

    Courtney - Thanks, they should be really fun!

    Laura - I noticed that you lived in Ithaca for a little while, small world. It will be our first marathon so I am sure our experience will be quite different than experienced marathoners but I will definitely share it!

  9. I have 4 races on my schedule so far for 2012. 3 of them being in March. I'm looking forward to the new year and hopefully some new PR's!! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

  10. The Wineglass Marathon looks like a great race! My 2012 race calendar is going to be packed with 12 half marathons, hopefully my first full, and several other shorter races peppered in. I'm really looking forward to it.

  11. I haven't really thought ahead yet for my 2012 race schedule. I think 2012 will be spur of the moment race sign-ups for me!