Our 2014 Plan

It’s hard choosing what races to do. And there are limitations – time, travel, expenses. So Mike and I thought it best to start with a list of all races we’re interested in and then narrow it down. We had originally thought it would be fun to do the Rock ‘n Roll tour pass and fill 2014 with half marathons around the country. Then we thought about that realistically. That’s a lot of money. And a lot of time. Plus we don’t want to push our bodies so much and risk injury. We spaced our races out pretty well last year and had good distances so we’re trying to replicate that. So here’s our list dump:

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Here are some highlights:

Run Your Heart Out 5K – Feb. 9
Pros – Potomac Runners put on good races (e.g. Father’s Day 5K last year)
-Nike dri-fit tee
Cons – in Reston so not the most interesting course and a 30-min drive
-Could be pretty cold…

Love the One You’re With 5K – Feb. 9
Pros – Pacers race with post-party at Champps sports bar with a beer included in race entry
Cons – not very interested in the blanket instead of tech tee, although some people might appreciate the unique race swag
-$40 ($10 more than Run Your Heart Out)

Four Courts Four Miler – Mar. 15
Pros – always a fun, fast race where I even won 3rd place in my age category last year
-Pacers race with after-party at Irish Bar with live music
Cons – $40 is a little steep
-We’ve done it for the past 3 years
-Falls on same day as Rock ‘n Roll USA

Rock ‘n Roll USA – Mar. 15
Pros – metro-accessible start/finish
-Fun, scenic race around DC
-We have friends running it
Cons – pricey at $115
-We’ve ran it 2 years in a row

George Washington Parkway 10-Miler – Apr. 13
Pros – good distance if we do a half (could take the place of our usual Cherry Blossom 10 Miler)
-We’ve heard great reviews of this Pacers race
Cons – kind of pricey at $75 for a 10 Miler

Frederick Half Marathon – May 4
Marine Corps Historic Half – May 19
Pros – new race for us
-Not too far away – an hour-ish
-$75 – not bad for a half
-Automatic entry into Marine Corps Marathon if we do the MCHH
Cons – we have to drive there
-Could be hot that time of year in the DMV

Steamtown Marathon – Oct. 12
Pros – downhill the whole race
-Highly-rated marathon
-Only $85
Cons – would need to travel to PA
-Small race – enough crowd support?
-Rural landscape – we were thinking more of urban for 2014 marathon

Chicago Marathon – Oct. 12
Pros – it’s in Chicago!
-Big marathon, lots of crowd support
-Flat course
Cons – we’d need to travel (flights, hotels)
-Expensive at $175

Under Armour Marathon in Baltimore – Oct. 18
Pros – near DC, we could drive up and back day-of
-$100 not too bad considering you get an UA finisher’s shirt
Cons – hilly!
-Close-by – may make more sense to save it for a time where we won’t be able to travel to Chicago, etc.

So we are leaning towards doing fewer races this year in order to justify registering for Chicago. Mike and I are thinking of doing a February race, the DC USA Rock ‘n Roll in March and then the Marathon in October. It seems like so few races, especially considering our schedule last year. I’m not doing the Nike Women’s Half this year because it’s so expensive and I like the DC RnR course better (although the Tiffany’s necklace at the finish was awesome!). Maybe we’ll add some shorter races into the mix but the March Half in DC and October Marathon are going to happen.


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