2019 Races

It’s that time of year. The time when runners eagerly start planning out their race schedules for the year. Obviously, I’m no exception. I didn’t run a single race in 2018 due to pregnancy and having a newborn, so I’m itching to get back out there. Some shiny new PRs would be great, but I mostly just want to have some goals to work toward now that I’m not working.

Because I’m a full-time mom and we are now living on a single income, I have to be a lot more selective about races. These days, location and price are paramount. Gone are the days when I could wake up at 3:30 am and drive to upstate New York and back in a single day just for a race. If it’s further than an hour’s drive, it’s not happening. And the price-to-swag ratio has to work out. I’m not paying $50 for a race with no medal, ya dig?

The pickings in my area are rather slim, but there are a few good races that I’m pretty excited about, including some repeats. Obviously, it’s early days, and I’m not 100% sure that these races will all work for me, but I think one-ish race per month from May through November is realistic from a training and expense standpoint.

Behold, my tentative race schedule:

Right now, I have three races that I’d like to do in May, but will likely only run one or two. First, the Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k, which I’ve run every year since we moved back from Boston except last year. They haven’t actually posted the date yet, but it’s an annual event, and usually takes place in early May.

Next up is the GMAA Pump it Up 5 Miler on May 4. I ran this race back in 2015 and really enjoyed it. With a $15 registration fee, it’s a deal, and it’s also very close to home. There are no frills–no medals, no shirts, but there are bagels at the finish line and VERY good raffle and age group prizes. Unfortunately, the Jiggety Jog and Pump it Up 5 Miler have a history of being held on the same day. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen this year!

Lastly is the Vermont City Marathon Relay. I’m definitely not ready to train for another full, but I’d love to run a leg of the relay. I have some friends who usually put a team together, so we’ll see what happens there.

I’ve put the Stowe 8 Miler on my race wish list many times, but I’ve never actually gone ahead and done the thing. It’s a unique distance, it’s close to home, and finishers get a medal, a shirt, and a craft beer. This is my kind of race!

Another race I’ve heard great things about but never gotten around to running is the Fairfax Egg Run. They offer a 5k and 10k in addition to a kids’ race. I haven’t run a 10k race in ages, and they serve breakfast at the finish. This race is also super close to our house, which is a big bonus.

I got my current half marathon PR at the Leaf Peepers Half in 2017, and while it was a VERY challenging course, it was also lots of fun. Registration is cheap, and while you don’t get a medal, you can get a shirt for an extra $5. Post-race food is good, and again, it’s fairly close to home. I’m not sure I want to train for a half this year, but if I do, this will be it.


Aaaah, memories

Another unique distance and fairly new race on the scene would be the Vermont 10 Miler. Last year was the inaugural race, and from what I saw on social media, it was very popular. The registration fee is very reasonable, and finishers get a medal and a shirt. Stowe is also just a hop, skip and a jump away, which makes it all the more appealing.

What are some criteria that help you decide which races to run?


Tentative 2015 Race Schedule

Time for the obligatory 2015 racing schedule post.  I feel like everyone and their mother has been posting these of late, but what’s one more, right?

One of my goals this year is to run 15 races in 2015, so I feel like I need to be much more organized this year than last year, when my only big goal was to complete my first half marathon.  I live in northern Vermont, and unfortunately, there just aren’t that many races to choose from that don’t require a long drive and/or an overnight trip somewhere.  This means that I have to scour the interwebs to find races that are a) affordable, b) close by, and c) fit my training schedule/goal distances.

This schedule is incredibly tentative at the moment, mostly because I’m a commitment-phobe, but also because I’m broke, so I can’t afford to register for races and then not run them.

February 14:  Race Vermont Cupid 5k.  This sounds silly and fun–everyone gets a different colored headband depending on whether they’re single, in a relationship, or not interested, with the idea that maybe some singles can find a love match with a fellow runner.  Obviously this wouldn’t apply to me, but it’s still a fun little shtick, and this race organization doesn’t usually do swag for shorter races, so that’s a nice change.

March 21:  Race Vermont Spring Fling 10k.  This race would fulfill my goal of running an actual 10k race.

March 22:  GMAA Pump it Up 5 miler.  This would be a brand new race distance for me, and therefore an automatic PR, but I’m not sure running a 5 miler the day after a 10k race would be smart.

Early May (not yet scheduled):  Vermont Respite House Jiggety Jog 5k.  I ran this race last year, and it was hands down my favorite race experience of all time.  I raised $1000 for a very deserving charity, and plan to try to beat my amount this year.

Early May (not yet scheduled):  Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge.  I ran this race last year with a bunch of my coworkers, and as long as my company participates again, I will run the race again.  Hooray free race registration!

May 16:  Mt. Tom Run to the Pogue.  I need to pull the trigger on this one soon, because it sells out every year.  This is a scenic, 6.1 mile, semi-trail race that happens down near my parents, so I could make a nice weekend of it without spending a lot.

May 30:  Craft Brew Race.  This is one I REALLY wanted to do last year, but it was scheduled on the weekend of a friend’s wedding, so I had to pass.

June 6:  Girls on the Run 5k.  This is a race that I’d like to volunteer for, which would cross my “volunteer at a race” goal off. I may also see if I can run AND volunteer.

July 12:  Stowe 8 Miler.  This is another one I wanted to race last year, but something prevented me, I can’t remember what.  This would be a new race distance and an automatic PR.

August 1:  GMAA Women’s Round Church 10k.  This seems like a pretty no-frills race, but it would give me a chance to either a) beat my 10k time from the Spring Fling 10k, or b) complete a 10k race if the Spring Fling doesn’t work out.

September 6:  GMAA Labor Day 15k.  This would be a brand new race distance for me, and an automatic PR.

September 20:  Spartan Sprint.  Yeah, we’ve already talked about this.  AAAAAHHH!

September 26:  The Color Run 5k.  I’ve run this a few times.  A nice, easy, non-competitive 5k.

November 6:  runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  This is my big race for the year.  My first runDisney event.  My first “racecation.”  I’ll get to meet my accountabilibuddies.  And right now it’s the only half marathon on my schedule.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot:  I’m not sure where we’ll be for Thanksgiving this year, but I’m determined to find a Turkey Trot to run after my injury-induced DNS this year.

December 7:  Ri-Ra Santa 5k.  This will be a redemption race after my DNS this year.

So that’s exactly 15 races.  Obviously, some of these may not work out due to scheduling stuff that will come up as the year goes on, so I plan to supplement with virtual races as needed.  There are a few other races I’m keeping an eye on as well, so I’m fairly confident that as long as I stay on top of things, I’ll reach my 15 races in 2015 goal.

How is your 2015 race schedule shaping up?

Do you have any new distances that you’re running?

Are you planning to repeat any races you’ve run before?

Sunday Summary–03/30/14

This has been another challenging week.  Another week away from home, off our normal routine.  I am SO EXCITED that we got to go home today and settle back into our own home and snuggle our kitty!  We did some grocery shopping and meal planning, which is going to help so much in getting back to the gym.  We tend to plan quick, easy meals for gym nights, and more elaborate meals for non-gym nights.

I’m hoping that now that we are done house-sitting (for the time-being), I can get back to my regularly scheduled training program.  The Light the Night 5k is in 3 1/2 weeks, so I need to get my miles in!

Monday:  After dinner, Ben and I took Miss Annie for a nice, long walk.  It was still super cold and my face was numb by the time we got home, but it felt so nice to get outside and get my body moving.  Come on, spring!  I want to run outside!

Tuesday:  Another 3 miler.  I decided to do a 3 minute walking warm-up, because I find that my body does much better with a good warm up, and I can keep going a lot longer.  It felt good to get running again, although my left inner thigh muscle (adductor?) was super tight and had been bothering me a bit.  I finished up with lots of stretching.  I’m planning to buy a foam roller in the hopes that some massage will help.  We also took Annie for a short walk after dinner.

Wednesday:  Lazy day–no workout.  We intended to take Annie for a walk after dinner, but she has been super itchy lately, so we decided to give her a bath with her special oatmeal and aloe shampoo instead.  Since she was all wet and it was freezing out, no walk.  But I’m glad we did the bath, because she was much less restless last night, so we all slept better!

Photo Mar 28, 10 00 52 AMThursday:  I’m happy to report that this 4 mile run was a lot better than last week’s.  While it certainly wasn’t easy, I managed to run the whole time.  I experienced some yucky lung stitches for the first mile or two, but I just focused on breathing and good form, and I made it through.  Finished up with lots of stretching.  My thigh muscle felt great after some light massage and a few days off.

Friday:  After dinner, I took Annie for a 2.5 mile walk.  It wasn’t sunny and nice, but it was warm.  It felt good to be outside.

Saturday:  I got up early, fueled up with water and toast with PB, and hit the dirt for 5 miles.  This was my longest run in almost a year, and it actually felt great.  I think outdoor running is going to be a game changer for me 🙂

Sunday:  Another rest day.  We were very productive after we got home–meal planning, grocery shopping and laundry.  It felt good to get back into out home routine.

So that’s it–another week of training down.  This coming week begins higher mileages, including some that will be record breakers for me as far as distance goes.  I’m excited to tackle the challenge.

How was your week?

No Craft Brew Race for Me

Ultimate sadness, guys.  I just realized that the Craft Brew 5k I was super excited about is the same day as our friends, Ben and Lizzie’s wedding.  Boooooo.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m REALLY excited about this wedding.  Ben, Ben and I all lived together in college with our other roommates Hillary and Emily.

Roomies-please ignore my crazy faces...

Roomies! Please ignore my crazy faces… HiIlary is the redhead, my Ben is behind me, roomie Ben on the left, Emily below.

We’re all going to be at the wedding, and I’m excited to party it up college style for a weekend.  However, I was also really excited to run a 5k and then attend a craft brew festival.  Oh well.  Maybe next year!

Back to the Fucshia!

I’m officially registered for the Burlington, VT Color Run on September 13!  I signed up for their VIP mailing list, and as a result, I got early an registration perk, and a registration discount ($25 instead of $35 for a team registration).  I am captain of team “Back to the Fucshia.”  Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the fabulous name.  My buddy Paula came up with it when we ran the Boston Color Run 2 years ago.

Post Color Run

Post Color Run Boston 2012

If you live in Vermont and are interested in joining my team, you can email me at darlinrae[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have you ever done the Color Run before?  Did you have fun?

Check out my “Races” Page

Hello, all!  As I mentioned the other day, I have added a “Races” page with all of the races I’m planning to participate in this year.  Take a look, and if you’re planning to be at one or more of them, get in touch!  Let’s run together!

In other news, the Half Marathon I originally wanted to do, The Charlotte Covered Bridges Half, is scheduled for the same day as the Color Run.  Whomp whomp.  Since it would be completely beyond me  to do both (physically as well as logistically), I have decided that I’d rather do the Color Run that day since it’s such a fun event, and I was planning to get a team together.  This just means I have to find another half to officially sign up for.  If you look at the Races page, you’ll see I’m looking at 2 in October.  At this point, they’re pretty evenly matched regarding which one I might pick.  Only time will tell.

How do you decide which races to sign up for?