What’s Next?

Now that I’ve had about a week and a half after the HOF Half, it’s time to get back into a routine (or rather create a better one) and focus on what’s coming next. Because my next training cycle doesn’t begin until June 8th, I have about a month to maintain my fitness and plan out what I want to focus on throughout summer and into fall.

Clearly I haven’t done much racing this year, so I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself to run every single race that I have my eye on. There are a few though that I don’t plan to miss.

Here’s a look at the upcoming race schedule throughout the summer.

May 30, 2015 – Medina Half Marathon – Registered

June 12, 2015 – Down and Dirty 5 Miler – Possibly

June 21, 2015 – Towpath Ten-Ten -Possibly

June 14, 2015 – Park to Park Half Marathon – Need to register

July 4, 2015 – Twin Sizzler 5k – Need to register

July 5, 2015 – Muddy Paws 5 Mile/10 Mile – Possibly

July 18th 2015 – Wellington Cheese Fest 10k – Possibly

August 15, 2015 – Buehler’s Heart & Sole Half Marathon – Need to register

September 2015 – Run for the Trails 5k – Waiting on date

September 13, 2015 – River Run Half Marathon – Possibly, I can’t quit you!

September 19, 2015 – Dirty Rocks 10k – Possibly

September 26, 2015 – Akron Half Marathon – Registered

Only two registered races, but some very high possibilities. A big thing about summer racing was keeping weekends open for my bachelorette weekend and bridal shower. The bachelorette weekend is set (and doesn’t conflict with any races!) but the bridal shower is still to be determined. Which means, I can’t quite commit to some races yet. And I think now that the weather is finally nice, I’ll actually be excited to get out there and race.

I’ve set a few goals for myself to keep me on track over the next month before real training starts again. With Akron as my goal race in the fall, I want to make sure that I stay on track and hopefully set myself up to crush a huge PR.

-Start doing yoga once a week

-Start doing core 2-3 times a week

-Start lifting twice a week

-Run 3-4 times a week

-Run at least 15 miles a week

As long as I follow those simple guidelines, I should be ready to start a new training cycle without feeling burnt out and ready to go!

Summer Racing

With a number of fairly empty summer weekends ahead and plenty of miles to log, I’ve been looking around for summer races to mix into my training cycle. Most of them are longer races, but that’s because I have some major long runs that I need to accomplish. But with the recent track workouts I’ve been running, I’ve also been craving the perfect 5k to see if I can crush my post college PR.

Here’s a list of the summer races I’m most likely adding into my schedule. Some I’ve registered for, and some I haven’t yet, but all of them have been on my radar for some time now.

  • Park to Park Half Marathon (June 15th)
  • Flirt with Dirk 10k (June 21st)
  • Columbia Station Half Marathon (June 29th)
  • Twin Sizzler 5k/10k (July 4th)
  • Buehler’s Heart & Sole Half Marathon (August 16th)
  • Leave No Trace Half Marathon (August 30th)
  • Run for the Trails 5k (September 1st)
  • River Run Half Marathon (September 7th)

While I can’t run every race, here’s a list of some other great summer races in the area.

  • Towpath Ten-Ten
  • Jim Klett 10k
  • Bay Days 5 Miler
  • Smiles for Sophie 5k
  • Orrville Firecracker 5k
  • Winking Lizard, A Shot in the Dark 4 Miler/2 Mile Relay
  • Classic at Mastick 5k

So that’s how I plan on spending many of my summer weekends, lacing up my shoes and getting some more races under my belt while training for Wineglass. And now you know what races you should be adding to your schedule as well!

What are your favorite summer races?

 

Putting on my big girl shoes

It’s hard to believe that my “big” race of spring is over, I feel like spring just got here. But this doesn’t mean that my racing is over. This year hasn’t been my best for half marathons, I’ve been getting slower, and not training as well, but that’s changing. I’ve been looking over my summer and fall race schedule and I’m ready to point out my big races. Now, you can hold me accountable. There is definitely not a shortage of 5k’s in the mix, which is great. I love having the short, quick race to switch things up. Plus I’m determined to break 25:00 and then break 24:00.

I’ve got some great distance races coming up that I really want to point out, including one that may be a shock to many.

May 25, 2013 – Medina Half Marathon

The Medina Half is in it’s first year, and I couldn’t be more excited for the race.  Medina County Road Runners have created this race and received overflowing support through the community. It tops out at 350, but over 400 people signed up to run! The course has rollings hills, but I’m not too concerned. I’ve run about 95% of the course, so I’ll be familiar with where to go and what to expect. This has become my new “big” spring race to come back from the Pig.

July 21, 2013 – Double Trouble 10k

This will be my second 10k of the year, and I’m hoping I can PR. The event is set up as a 5k and/or 10k with the choice to run one or both of the races. I’m opting for the 10k to help focus on longer runs and to see what my legs are capable of at that distance.

August 17, 2013 – Wooster Heart & Sole Half Marathon

This was a half I had looked at last year, but since I was moving that day, I was told I wasn’t allowed to run. I’m familiar with Wooster and have run plenty of the hilly roads out there. I’m looking forward to this one and hoping it will be a good prep and check point for my next fall race.

September 28, 2013 – Akron Marathon

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Marathon number 2!

What!  You’re probably wondering what I’m doing signing up for a marathon. You’re probably questioning why and when I signed up for this. Well, I signed up a few weeks ago, but running another marathon has been on my mind for months. When Courtney told me last December she was running Eugene, I was totally marathon jealous. I knew that Eugene wouldn’t be in my schedule for 2013, but I still wanted to find one to run. I thought about Chicago, but I was still on the fence when sign up rolled around. Then a few weeks ago, a friend told me she was interested in running her first marathon. At this point, I had two in my mind that I constantly thought about. It was pretty much a nightly ritual that I told Darren I wanted to run another marathon. So when I told my friend I was running Akron, I had finally verbally committed. A few days later I signed up and I’m so excited to be taking another shot at 26.2 miles. I learned a lot in my first marathon, but I’ve got a whole new plan figured out, and I’ll have someone at my side during the race instead of running alone. To top it off, standing under the mile 26 flag a few years ago was what started the whole thing. I’ll be glad to run past that flag instead of standing on the sidelines.

October 13, 2013 – Towpath Half Marathon

Post marathon my legs may be in rough shape, but I’m hoping that this will be my quickest half of the year. All year long I knew that this would be my best chance at running sub 2:00. With the marathon, it may not be, but I’m going to give it my best shot. And if I don’t run sub 2:00, I’ve got a back up….

 

What are your big races for 2013?

Hy-5k Recap

To kick off race weekend I signed up for the Hyland 5k to run a little shake out before the Cleveland Experience. I had this race in mind for a while, but as the weekend got closer, I started to second guess running in the heat two days in a row. I told myself I wouldn’t “race” this one, just take it easy and get ready for the half.

It was already pretty humid by the time I got there, so I did a short warm up and then tried to hide inside until the start. There were tons of people there, a lot more than I expected with the 5k downtown at the same time. Right before the start, I headed outside and stood in the shade, avoiding the sun as much as I possibly could. About a minute before we started, I saw Heather and Jay. We were off, and the heat quickly set in, this would be tough. The first mile was around 9:00 and I knew I couldn’t keep this pace up with the heat. I started to slow, but kept a pretty good pace. Most of the course was in the sun, so finding shade was pretty hard.

At mile two I saw Kimi and Stef, it was a nice bit of motivation to finish the final mile. All I could think of though was how would I run 10 more miles in this heat the following day. Luckily right at the three mile marker Heather and Jay came up and helped me to the finish. We came in one after another. I was so glad to see them, and so glad to be done. That heat was rough.

We loaded up on water and fruit and went our separate ways. At this point, I was pretty concerned on how the half was going to go. I am not a warm weather runner, so I knew Sunday would be an interesting race….

Hy-5k Results:

Official time: 27:22

AG: 10/29

Overall: 243/650

Awesome bag from Hyland