2017 Race Plans: Chicago Marathon Here I Come!

I talked about it before in an earlier post, but this entire year I’ve been going back and forth over whether or not to do a full marathon. You never would have guessed when I started running that it would come down to this…I used to say I hated distance running. This is essentially how my conversations went.

2014: “I really like 5k’s. I think I’ll stick with 5k’s. Maybe I’ll do a 10k later this year.”

Fall 2014: “Wow that 10k was really fun! I don’t think I want to do more than a 10k though.”

Spring 2015: *Signed up for my first half* “That was really challenging. The sense of accomplishment was great, but I don’t think I like distance running.”

Fall 2015: *Star Wars Dark Side Challenge comes out* “Ok, I have to do this one, but only because its Star Wars!”

Spring 2016: *Runs Princess 1/2 & Star Wars Dark Side Challenge* “Ok, maybe I don’t hate half marathons. Maybe I just needed to train more. I definitely like challenge racing! I’ll sign up for the Gasparilla challenge next spring.”

Summer 2016: “Hmmm…I wonder if I could do a full marathon? I just want to see if I can do it.” *Dismisses idea.*

Fall 2016: *Runs Spartan Race* “That was 18 miles- that wasn’t too bad. I mean, yeah, it hurt, but it sure felt rewarding when I got that medal. Maybe a full isn’t too crazy after all.”

*Enters lottery for Chicago Marathon in November 2016*

“I’ll never get in. I heard these lotteries are really hard to get into. I’ll just do it for shits and giggles and see what happens.”

December 13, 2016: OMG I GOT IN!!! WTF DO I DO NOW???

Yep, after years of denying the desire to run further distances and tossing around the idea of a full but not committing to it, I am officially entered in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for next year! I know I have 10 months to train and I can totally safely up my distance and be ready for a full marathon in that amount of time, but it’s still a pretty daunting task. Next year I have lots of races on my schedule so far though- here’s a look at how 2017 will look for me.

January 2017: Impromptu Star Wars Light Side 1/2 Marathon– I registered for this as part of a group going to California for work. My job has awesome perks.

February 2017: Gasparilla Amber Challenge (15k, 5k, 1/2 marathon)- My BRF and I decided to sign up for this in May of 2016. I’ve always coveted that pirate half marathon medal.

March 2017: I sort of forgot that I entered the Sarasota 1/2 marathon on a whim last spring because it was so cheap. So I guess I’m doing a half this month too.

April 2017: Star Wars Dark Side 1/2 Marathon of course because I’m running the light side one, I have to do the dark side one! Then I can get my coveted Coast to Coast Kessel Run Challenge medal. I’m also planning on doing my first triathlon this month at the St. Anthony’s Sprint Triathlon in St. Pete.

May 2017: Finally a break in the race craziness.

June 2017: Fun times- a Tough Mudder in Kentucky. I’ve heard great things about this course and have been trying to do this one for a year and a half but haven’t been able to make it up because of other obligations. Now I’m finally getting a chance to go!

July 2017: Marathon training will be in full swing this month, but I don’t have any races scheduled.

August 2017: It’s usually slow in the summer for Floridians. We won’t have any races here, but marathon training will still be in full swing this month.

September 2017: As of now, I don’t have any races scheduled for this month. That might change when some of the local events release their fall calendars. I’d like to get another half in to “practice” pacing for race day of the marathon. I may have to travel out of state to do so though as there aren’t many halfs in Florida in September. Still too hot.

October 2017: This is it! This is the big Chicago Marathon race month! My month will start out with that and end with the Tough Mudder Central Florida event. The TM is exactly two weekends after Chicago, so I figure that will give me enough time to take a break from all the training and stress I’ve put on my body and get back into the swing of things with TM. It’s funny to me how a year or two ago I’d have to train for a 10 mile race and by the time this month comes around 10 miles will feel like a “shorter” run. It’s all relative isn’t it?

November 2017: No race plans yet. As I said, once companies start releasing their fall schedules we may change that.

December 2017: I signed up to volunteer for the Spartan Race Beast that’s in Florida. I’m not sure if I’ll actually end up doing that weekend, but we will see.

Surprisingly next year is going to be a year full of road races and very little trails or mud runs. I’m not too bummed out by that yet- I might be when I start seeing all my friends posting pictures of themselves having fun at OCR events. But I think I need to focus on something else for a while, and road races will give me that focus. Plus I’d like to challenge myself in new ways and a triathlon plus my first marathon will definitely do that!

What’s your race schedule look like next year? 

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12 thoughts on “2017 Race Plans: Chicago Marathon Here I Come!”

    1. I’ll take your word for it for now- wasn’t your first NYC? That’s why I wanted it to be a major marathon- I wanted my first experience to be a good one!

    1. Thank you! It’s exciting now, I’m sure it’ll be terrifying the closer it gets to race day.

  1. Congrats on getting in for Chicago! It sounds like you’ve got a great year shaping up 🙂 I’m planning to do the Star Wars dark side half in April and I have the RnR DC Half in March. Those are about the only firm races on my schedule for next year so far.
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    1. Race FOMO- it’s real. Especially when your Facebook is blowing up with announcements of other runners getting in! 😉

  2. Congrats on making it into the lottery for Chicago! I had just finished the Philly Marathon (my first) when I heard about it and I wasn’t sure yet that I wanted to do another one. Now I’ve got FOMO, haha!

    I am signed up for 3 half marathons this spring and I’ll be doing my first Ragnar Relay in Pennsylvania. I’m so excited! I’m hoping to get in the MCM lottery!
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    1. Wow, good luck with the MCM! I entered Chicago and was going to enter New York if I didn’t get into Chicago. I get race FOMO all the time!! And Ragnar Relay will be so much fun!

  3. Wow, congrats! Chicago will be such a fun marathon to run! I ran for years with zero interest in marathons too. I didn’t do my first one until after my daughter was born, and now I’ve done 5. After each one, I’m convinced I’m done… but I’m already considering finding another one!

    1. Yeah, I think it kind of goes with the territory of learning a new discipline. I’m also training for a triathlon and I’m sitting here going, “I don’t see how people do half or full Ironman races…running after biking is hard!” But then I remember when running 3 miles was hard by itself and how far I’ve come since then.

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