Since I just completed my last race for 2014 (unless somehow my friends convince me to do a Santa Hustle/Ugly Christmas Sweater Run, but I’ve said no since idk how the weather will be!) I already have started thinking about what I can do for 2015!
In 2014, I did 10 races. Although that is the same amount that I did in 2013, the big difference is in the distances. In 2013, the longest distance was a 10k, and the tallest stair climb was the AON Center (80 stories). In 2014, my longest distance was a half marathon, and the tallest stair climb is the Sears Tower (103 stories).
And to think, in 2012-when this fitness journey started, I only did 3 races-a 5k and the AON Center stair climb were my big distances!
So, what do I have plan/hope I can do in 2015?
Sunday, 01/25/15-AON Center: Step Up for Kids Stair Climb
This is the race that started it all for me, and one of the few that I repeat since I do it through work, therefore I don’t have to pay for it. This will be my 4th time doing it!
Sunday, 02/08/25 –Oakbrook Tower: Fight for Air Climb
This is another race that I repeat, because I can do it through work also. This would be my 3rd time doing it.
Saturday, 02/21/15- Mardi Gras Chaser 5k/10k
This is a race my friend who I said I would do the Chicago Marathon with wants to do to build up his running distances, and I said I would join him! I’m calling his training plan “The Slupa Marathon Plan” (there will be more on this in a future post)
Sunday, 03/08/15- Presidential Towers: Fight for Air Climb
This is the last stair climb I need to do in so that I can say I did all of the ones in Chicago! Just sucks that it always falls when Daylight Savings ENDS. Ugh.
Sunday, 03/29/15- Shamrock Shuffle
This is a big Chicago race that I haven’t done, and it’s an 8k, so another distance for me to check off my list! It kinda marks the beginning of road racing again and gets people pumped for the Chicago Marathon, since it’s hosted by the same people and by then most people either know they got in the lottery/charity route or will know very soon.
**this is a race I’m not too sure if I can do it or not, it often falls when it’s my spring break is starting, and I like to use that time to travel to visit a friend (like last year, I went to STL to see Lauren! so, we shall see.
Sunday, 04/12/15- Race to Wrigley 5k
My sister did this race last year, and I wish I was able to! It kicks off baseball season for my cubbies (maybe this will be our year!?)
**this is another race I’m not 100% positive that I can do yet either, depends on life at that time**
Sunday, 04/25/15- Illinois Marathon
A race at my Alma Mater! The funny thing is, I was on campus when they had the first race, and I remember thinking “Who would do this?! This is crazy!” And yet, here I am, future self, is trying to plan when I can get there and do it. Me and Lauren were suppose to do this last year, but then we got into the Nike Women’s Half in DC, and who can say no to Tiffany’s?! They have challenges you can do, like a either a 5k/10k one night, and a half/full marathon the next day. I would do a challenge for sure!
**another race I’m probably not going to be able to do it, but, you never know. all depends on life.
Sat/Sun, 05/09&10/15- Tough Mudder
Of course I would love to do an obstacle race! I had the opportunity to do it with friends back in 2013, but the problem with this race is it tends to fall during finals week
**oh school, why do you get the in way!?
Sunday, 05/17/15- Chicago Spring Half Marathon
Another race that is on “The Slupa Marathon Plan”! What really draws me about this race is it is a part of the Chicago Half Marathon Series that they just launched this past summer. There is a challenge (and you guys know I LOVE a good challenge!) to either complete 2 of the halfs, or all 3!
Saturday, 05/23/15- Solider Field 10 Miler
This is another popular race in Chicago, you get to finish on 50 yard line where the Chicago Bears play! Yeah!
**this is another maybe race, it always falls on Memorial Weekend, and once again, depends on life.
Saturday, 05/30/15- Mudderella
I gotta do a mud run one day! But I can’t do this one this year, I have a wedding on this day in STL! I know me and Lauren talked about doing this, so maybe if there is one in STL, I could do that one!
**this is what sucks about the summer, although it’s good running time, it’s also a good time to get married lol
Sat/Sun, 06/13&14/15- Warrior Dash
Another obstacle course to do! Because why not!?
**summer is just always busy, so not too sure if I can do it or not.
Thursday, 07/02/15- Chicago 13.1 Marathon
Another race that is a part of the Chicago Half Marathon Series. Since I’m doing one already, I would like to complete either the 2/3 or 3/3 races challenge, so that’s why this race is on here.
**once again, not too sure if this is possible. ugh life.
Sunday, 07/19/15- Rock n Roll Chicago
Another very popular race in Chicago, this was a half marathon that appealed to me, I mean how can you say no to having a band at every mile to motivate you!?
**once again, not too sure if this is possible.
Thursday, 07/23/15- Esprit de She 5k/10k
This race I want to do since they also have a triathlon that I want to do one day, and I would like to do this race to see how they operate things. I’ve read good things about it, it’s a very women focused race, so that’s always a plus, you know your shirt is going to fit ya! My sister has also expressed wanting to do this race, so maybe I’ll join her.
**once again, not too sure if I can for sure do it
Saturday, 08/15/15- SeaWheeze Half Marathon
This is the Lululemon race I’m doing with Lauren in Vancouver! I’m really excited for this racation, and to go to another place I’ve never been to. Also, I haven’t visited the site in a very long time (since I registered in September!) and I just noticed this, what does this mean!? Another race added to the weekend? More special merchandise? Band announcement soon? AHHH!
This race is going to be awesome, not only is there the running, but yoga all weekend, and a concert at the end! How awesome does that sound!?
Sunday, 09/27/15- Chicago Half Marathon
And the last race of the Chicago Half Series, and like I mentioned above, since I’m doing one, gotta look into seeing if I can do another in order to do the challenge.
**also, depends on life at that time.
Sunday, 10/11/15- Chicago Marathon
The last race of “The Slupa Marathon Plan”! Or maybe the day that makes me hate running. Who knows, let’s hope I get in via lottery, or else I gotta find a charity!
Other races that I want to do, but don’t have a date yet, so I’m basing it on the month they had it this past year.
09/2015- Super Bears Shuffle 5k
I want to do more races that involve Chicago sports after I did the Ditka Dash. I wanted to do it this past year, but I had class. Come on Chicago, have something for the Bulls and the Hawks!
09/2015- Race Judicata
Normally, in my office suite, a bunch of people do this race, and a lot of different law firms do it also. This year, only a few did it in my office, and I wanted to do it, but I had class (it was the same day as the Super Bear Shuffle one)
07/2015- BTN Big 10k
I will always do this race! I can never have too much orange and blue! They never announce the date until after New Years, but it tends to fall at the end of Big Ten Football Media Days, which is always in July, unless they change football season to another time, I imagine this race will still be in July.
08/2015- ZOOMA Chicago
I first heard about this race in DC, and when I heard this come to Chicago also, and wine is at the end, I knew I had to do it one day!
08 or 09/2015- Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half
I’ve seen this race before, and it really intrigues me now since it goes down Michigan Ave! It tends to happen on Labor Day weekend, which is always pretty close to my bday, so yeah, not too sure if I want to do it on my bday
ANY MONTH of 2015: Run Nike Womens: SF/ unknown new city
Yes, I’m still stalking on their facebook page. At this rate, I just know it has to be Toronto since it was on the website and then it was taken off, it’s just a matter of when!? It can’t be April anymore, so I’m guessing either May, June or July, before they start training/focusing for SF if that is still happened in October (random draw and results happen in June, and training happen in July). I’ve decided if it’s in Toronto, I’ll probably do it w/my friend Jane, who is also a student now in Ann Arbor, which isn’t too far from Toronto.
Run Disney: Princess Half and Tinkerbell Half
Like every other girl in the world, this is a race I want to do! It was another race that got me interested in the possibility of running a longer distance. I would like to do both races in the same year so I can get the Coast to Coast Medal. I know the Princess is always in February in DisneyWorld, Tinkerbell is in DisneyLand, but the dates have changed. the first one in 2012, it was in January and this year, it’s in May instead.
So yes, a lot of races, and only a few are confirmed, since that’s life and that’s what happens. I’m excited for the events I know I’m doing for sure, and for the ones that are just possibilities, I’m excited to see if I get to do them or not!