Mapping out the Spring Race Calendar

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?

74 thoughts on “Mapping out the Spring Race Calendar

  1. Like I said yesterday on FB, I’m super jealous that you found a coach certification site. Fingers crossed one opens near me this year!

    Now that my knee is ok again, I’m ready to sit down and plan my race schedule. I’ve got my favorite local races that I like to always do but I want to venture out and try some new. I’m even looking at a few trail races and a relay.
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    • I’m so glad you can run again! Funny that you haven’t done a 10k… my first 5k was last year. I stuck to the half distance for racing for sooo long. 🙂

  2. Congrats on finding training near you….so exciting!!

    I decided to do my first spring marathon this year (I usually do a fall one)…..Pocono Run for the Red in May. It’s supposedly a very fast course so I hope I can PR (no pressure). I also am running my favorite half ever in April, the St. Lukes Lehigh Valley Half Marathon. Maybe another PR? I’m trying to train differently, so let’s see where this goes!


  3. My race schedule looks a bit hectic right now especially with the virtual races thrown in. I don’t have any races planned for the summer since I will be in full-on marathon training mode.

    Yay for the certification. I want to do that, I need to look at the locations.
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  4. My spring schedule is set with the Canyonlands Half on March 19 and the Eugene Marathon on April 28. I’m hoping I’ll get to do some shorter ones, too, but it might not happen–maybe I’ll get to do some more group workouts, though.

    Now I’m trying to pick my fall marathon. Not sure where that’s going to lead me yet, but I’m worried about some of them selling out, so I’ll probably pick soon.

  5. Good luck with the RRCA training. What a great addition to your skill set.

    Looks like a good race schedule. I’m not making an official calendar this year, I want to take things easy and listen to my body. I do have a few local 5Ks planned and of course will make sure to keep up my virtual challenges.
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  6. I am debating between The Woodlands Half and doing the Dallas Half with my friend in March. I may sign up for one or two shorter distance races in April and/or May, but it will just depend on the weather and how things are doing.

    I did a 5k on 4th of July last year….my first…so of course it was a PR, but it was TERRIBLE, so hot, I could barely hang with an 8 min pace!

    Keep me posted on what fall/winter marathons you are looking at. I am looking at Dallas White Rock or Memphis in December, and Disney in January! Will be trying to stack a few and shoot for a BQ!
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  7. Until I have medical clearance that it’s okay to run on my busted foot (hopefully on Thursday), the only race on my calendar is Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle in June. Though I’m itching to sign up for this St Patrick’s Day half… we’ll see.

    I’ve always wondered how people in warmer states manage running/racing! I live in Washington and am ready to die of heat exhaustion even at 70 degrees! 😛
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  8. I love seeing everyone’s race calendars come together over the winter/spring. It makes following along in the journey noteable.
    Congrats on the RRCA spot! That’s awesome. You’re a quick lil lady and so detailed, you’ll make a grea coach/teacher!

    I have been having trouble putting mine together, but as of yesterday it all just kind of clicked! Post is in the works 🙂
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  9. I love the name of that Feb. half. I think you’ll be plenty good to go by then and will have your marathon fitness to work from. Looks like a great, well-rounded spring for you!

    You’ll love all that you will learn in the RRCA class. It will turn some things on their head for you, too. And expect a sore butt-lots of sitting!

    Thanks for the shout out!

  10. That’s so awesome that there’s a coach certification site nearby and that there’s space available!! You would make an awesome run coach. After you’re certified, will you coach me?? 😉

    I love seeing your race calendar and think that it’s so smart to put off another marathon until the fall. Can’t wait to see what you do then!
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  11. I think you’ll be ready by February for sure and like you, I’m playing with the idea of a fall marathon, but going to be training hard for the Nike Women’s Half in the meantime. Let me know what you end up choosing for the fall, maybe I’ll come run it with you if bigger life stuff isn’t happening (which I’ve been meaning to email you about actually!)
    I’m about to write a post about why I want to get my coaching cert, I’m pretty excited and nervous about the course, I think it will help to see you go through it a week before me!
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  12. Nice schedule!
    Since I’m 21 weeks pregnant, my schedule is super-light. I’m planning to walk the Monument Ave 10k with my mom (she’s come to cheer for me 7 years in a row! I’m so excited to do the race with her!) and maaaaybe run a half 5 monts postpartum (which will be November, which is technically Fall. But I’m already pumping myself up for it!)
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  13. Come to Austin for a race! Not quite in Austin, but I’ve got the Moe’s half marathon on my schedule in March. It’s in San Marcos, and a classic. A fun run through the country when the wildflowers are starting to come out.
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  14. Your race schedule looks good girl! Thank you again for your help with and participation in Kyle’s Krusade Virtual run! love you so much! Can’t wait to see your RRCA button on your sidebar, it’s a interesting course and I am still good friends with many of the people I attended with. Have a wonderful weekend!
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  15. YAY! Congrats on getting into the RRCA class! I took it last year. Definitely a good deal of info that I already knew – but I learned a bit about training for shorter races (I’m always so focused on marathons!). Also put me in contact with some nearby coaches/runners who I’ve kept in touch with!
    LOVE that you waited to sign up for your spring/summer races – SO SO SO smart =)
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  16. I usually do the same as you. I map out my schedule in four main seasons (spring, summer…). My spring marathon goes in first, then a half or 10 miler a couple months before. After that I fill it in with local running club races. 🙂 I usually alternate seasons too. Spring=road, summer=trail, fall=road, winter=off and trail. I seems to be the sweet spot for me that keeps a demanding, yet uninjured workload. 🙂
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  17. Laura – I am so excited about your race-schedule. As for the RRCA coaching class, I am going to bow out for this time as I don’t think I will be able to squeeze in CPR within the next 60 days given the marathon training and other work travel.

    See you soon!

  18. No race calendar for me. Since I’m doing the 5ks for 13 in 2013 I think it isn’t really critical. Am I wrong?

    Congrats on the training! I just signed up for and started training for my Pilates certification today.
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  19. Yay – I’m so excited you got into a RRCA training clinic!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. I actually just signed up for a TrainingPeaks clinic that I’m SUPER excited about – we’ll have to exchange notes after our classes. 🙂

    And thanks for the shout-out today – it makes me feel so good that you liked that post!
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  20. Sounds like a great calendar! I’m running three half-marathons (NYC in March, Nike Women’s in DC in April, and NJ Long Branch in May) and the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC in April! I’m really excited for my spring schedule, actually, because I’m hoping to break 2:00 in a half!
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  21. It’s fun for me to see what you have mapped out. I am living very flexibly lately…not a lot of plans. Just one race at a time, and maybe in a “seasons” theme–> Long season, short season. You have the hot season and the cooler season 🙂
    I bet you rock your 1/2! I did a huge PR half when I ran one about 6 weeks after Eugene marathon 2010. But be careful to recover fully from that race as well 🙂

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