Racing Ahead

As rough as 2016 has been, I am still in denial that Thanksgiving is this week, more like tomorrow.  How is that possible?  It just can’t be!   That being said, I am looking forward to one part of 2017…

My race plans!!!!

I would say schedule but considering they’ve already hit a drastic snag due to well…life.   I had originally planned on running Surf City again on Super Bowl Sunday.  3rd try’s the charm right?  Plus running it 3 years in a row qualifies you for Legacy status, it’s the little things right?   But like I said 2016 has been rough and I will be attending a family memorial that weekend.

So with the need for something to look forward to, I took to the internet.  Man, there are a lot of cool races out there!  However, I am limited to those within driving distance.  ๐Ÿ˜›  So, tentatively, I am looking at an early 2017 that might look something like this-

January-  Carlsbad Half Marathon

This one is coming up fast, I won’t lie.  I’m not registered for it yet.  It won’t be a race race but more of a super awesome long run with thousands of other people along for the ride.  The course looks amazing and I think it would be an awesome start to the year.   I want to see how the first few weeks of December running go first before I register.  I have a discount code for it and I would rather pay a little more than lose it all, you know?

February– Buzz Half Marathon

Keeping it local…and small.  So small, the race doesn’t even have a logo  ๐Ÿ˜›  This race takes place entirely on a nearby army base and it always been in the back of my mind to run but Surf City is usually the week before, so this year is looking good!

MarchWine Country Half … or Livermore

More than likely Wine Country.  It’s small, it’s local and it’s one of my favorite races.  I’ve run it 5 times.  I broke my streak last year, boo, so I am looking forward to getting back out there.     I know this course extremely well and love it.  Even with the hill of death at mile 12.3.

May–  Destination Races Santa Barbara

I get to run this race with BibRave and I am so excited.  I have never heard a bad thing about any of the Destination Races.   Plus running near vineyards is kind of my jam and one of my favorite things to do.  I’ve also wanted to run a race in Santa Barbara but never been able to make it work.   Plus with the start in Santa Ynez and the finish in Solvang, it  makes me feel nostalgic.  My grandparents lived in Santa Ynez when I was growing up and it brings back memories of many family trips.   I am also thinking that May is perfect timing for a challenge race.   That G word is still a 4 letter word in my book but I am liking the idea of a challenge for 2017.  But more on that later.

Now that’s all to say I don’t do something crazy in April.   I won’t lie, I am having crazy thoughts about April but we’re going to let those percolate a little more.  ๐Ÿ˜›

Do you have any plans for 2017 yet?

How far out do you plan races?  Register?


  1. I have a list of races I want to do but will only be able to do a handful. This is the earliest I’ve planned for next year.


    1. I wonder if I will end up running all of these but at least it gives me something to look forward to right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. txa1265 says:

    I haven’t made any concrete plans yet, and am in no rush … but I am not a ‘race centric’ person, so it is never a primary concern. I do want to do a 50-miler in 2017, have to figure out schedules with the kids in college (this year move-in and move-out for older son coincided with races I was interested in running!).

    Excited to see how things go for you!


    1. I’m a loner by nature and I’ve realized that I really like the camaraderie aspect of races. Even if I am suffering, I know there are others out there with me and it’s nice to not always be solo all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ A 50 miler sounds awesome!

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  3. I’m signed up for 4 half marathons and a 15k so far. My furthest one out is in November of next year. I am that insane. The deal was too good to pass up. Hah. I ran the Carlsbad half. If you haven’t run it before, beware of those hills. They come out of nowhere. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. It’s good to have plans right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I like hills… well my legs do. I looked at the elevation guide for the race and it doesn’t look too bad. Then again, if I don’t get my act together and start training, the whole thing is going to be rough. ๐Ÿ˜›

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      1. I think that I wasn’t expecting them so it was a bit rougher on me. Good luck training!

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  4. Ooh they sound like good races! I haven’t got anything planned yet for 2017…must get on it!


    1. It’s been an interesting year so I felt like I needed something to look forward to๐Ÿ˜€. Now if I can just get my act together by January ๐Ÿ˜›

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      1. You’ll be great i’m sure! Having a goal to work towards always helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. All of them sound super cool!!!


    1. They do! Now let’s see how many of them I actually run! ๐Ÿ˜›


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