TGIF, y’all! Sorry ’bout the radio silence yesterday. I took an unexpected rest day from blogging. On the one hand, it was nice to not have to worry about a Thursday post. But on the other hand, I kind of missed it. I know I’ve mentioned before that I may take my blogging down to three or four days a week — just undecided if (or when) it’s gonna happen.
Luckily I’m here today and that’s what matters, right? And today is the first Friday Five 2.0 of the New Year! Wahoo!
Quick recap of this week — I’ve posted a few things that may be of interest to you:
Friday Five 2.0
Today’s topic for the Friday Five 2.0 is “goals, resolutions for the New Year.” Since I already touched on that topic last week with 2017 Goals and Aspirations, I thought I’d go in a slightly different, though very much related, direction with five races I’d like to try in 2017.
I’ve got several races on my calendar so far. Included on this list are
- Hoosier Half Marathon
- 20-Mile Drop
- Football Hall of Fame Half Marathon
- Cleveland Half Marathon
- Rock Hall Half Marathon
- Northern Ohio Half Marathon
- Marine Corps Marathon
Many of these are repeat races for me and most I have not signed up for yet. I’m really hoping I can make Hoosier Half work but it depends heavily on school for my kids and travel-ability with the dogs. So that’s a big question mark. But it’s a super fun race and I would love to do it again.
I’m training for the 20-Mile Drop as well as the Football Hall of Fame Half and Cleveland Half. Rock Hall and Northern Ohio (both half marathons) are among my very favorite races and will definitely be on the calendar at some point here in the very near future.
Marine Corps Marathon is a question mark because of the whole lottery thing, and I’m terrible at fundraising. If I get in through the lottery MCM will absolutely be on the 2017 race list.
There are several races that I would love to do in 2017 (plus two in 2018 — but they count because they’re in February and that’s just not gonna happen this year!) that I’ve not run before. They’re all contenders for different reasons and I won’t be able to make them all happen in 2017 — but I can try! Check out my 2017 Bucket List Races:
2017 Bucket List Races
Grandma’s Marathon (June 17, 2017)
I so badly want to run Grandma’s Marathon. I don’t even know why. Maybe because it follows along the shoreline of Lake Superior. It could be because it’s a relatively small race (ish). Or perhaps I could be longing to return to the area that made such a large impact on my life 20+ years ago. It might even be because there are some amazing people that are running it and I need to meet them in person! Regardless, Grandma’s has made the top of my list for 2017. I’m even considering bumping other races to make it happen. I have to really dig and see if it will be feasible because if it is, we’d be planning a rather large vacation around it. Fingers crossed!!!
Fall Classic (November 19, 2017)
The Fall Classic is a half marathon relatively nearby that I’ve been eyeing for a couple years now. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the course, though, and it’s usually held at the end of November which can be hit or miss with the weather. But it looks like fun and I know a ton of people that run it every year and love it. This one is on my list for 2017 — depending on the weather. 😉
Towpath Half Marathon (October 8, 2017)
The Towpath Trilogy consists of the Towpath Half, Towpath Ten-Ten, and the Towpath Marathon. For my purposes, I would opt for the Towpath Marathon in October, which also features half and 10K distances. I do a lot of my distance training runs on the towpath so it would be an easy race to slip onto the calendar. Course familiarity and location FTW.
Sedona Half Marathon (February 2018)
The Sedona Half Marathon is one of my cheat races for 2017 and here’s why: it’s in February and there’s no way I’ll be able to get myself together by race date this year. So I’m tacking it onto the “2017” list even though the race will technically be in 2018. Sedona makes the list because a) I’ve seen others post amazing things about it and b) Sedona is breathtakingly beautiful. But…
The Phoenix Marathon (February 2018)
The Phoenix Marathon might beat out Sedona. It would be incredibly easy for me to get to — 3/5 of my family lives in Phoenix. I would have an automatic place to stay. I would have home cooked meals during my trip, and it would be as low stress as a racecation could possibly be. Plus, have you seen the medal? The Phoenix Marathon also comes with rave reviews from fellow bloggers that ran it a couple years ago so I know I would be heading to a great race. Plus, have you SEEN the medal?! I don’t even like medals but apparently I like this one enough to mention it twice. But again, a February race date isn’t going to happen for me so I’m also bumping this one into 2017 even though it will technically be 2018 by the time it happens.
I have a million other races on my bucket list — everything from a road 50K (or two) to trail festival heaven (actually two there as well). But not all races can make the list for this year so whatever I don’t run will be stored in my pocket for future use.
I hope you’ll continue to join the lovely ladies of Fairytales and Fitness and myself for the Friday Five 2.0 through 2017. We’ve just posted topics for the months of February and March. We decided to keep the topics fairly open-ended so you could get creative with them if you so choose. We love reading your posts. 🙂
Happy running, friends!
TALK TO ME!
What’s one race on your bucket list for 2017?
What’s an amazing race you ran in 2016 that should go on my race bucket list?