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Mapping out the Spring Race Calendar

Posted Jan 25 2013 7:05am

It’s been almost two weeks post marathon , and I’m ready to finally determine my spring race calendar.  I followed in the footsteps of Amanda at Miss Zippy , and didn’t let myself sign up for anything in the first few days post-marathon.

I was really tempted to look up early summer marathons, but I’m going to rest from the distance training and plan on a fall marathon.  For now, I’m ready to focus on shorter races again.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…

February 17, 2013- Sugar and Spice Half Marathon  This one is right around the corner… I’m not sure if I’ll be rested and ready for a strong race, but I’ll give it a shot.


March 9, 2013- Bayou Classic 10k   The trick down here is to sign up for races before April, if possible.  My last 10k was in May and the heat was brutal .  I’m not doing that again! It should be an easy pr, even on a rough day.

April 27, 2013- Sprint for Spring 5k
I ran this last year with some friends, and it’s an easy local race to do again.

Virtual Races:

Of course, I’ll still run my 5k each month for 5 by the 5th race series .  My February 5k will also count for Jill and Jen’s Tackle the Miles Virtual run.

From February 1-16, you can run a 5k, 10k or half marathon for Lisa’s virtual race to benefit Kyle .  I’m running another 5k.

Also, today Rachelle is encouraging everyone who is able to wear orange and run 1.5 miles for Colton and his battle with leukemia.

Race scheduling strategy

I like to have a general idea of the whole year as I set up races, and then work with 4-5 months at a time.  I always plug in the longest race first (half or full) and then fill it in with shorter distances and space it to allow adequate recovery periods.  If you’re new to mapping out a race schedule, Heather wrote a fantastic post with Four Steps to Create your Race Schedule.

And finally, my most exciting news of the week…

I finally found an RRCA training nearby, and with space available.  I’m so excited to go through this training in a few weeks!

What does your spring schedule look like? How do you plan our your race calendar?

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