We’re a week into 2017, and I’m still getting my bearings a bit. I was back to work on January 2, and I’ve been trying to stick to one of my goals of getting up at the same time (6am) every day. This has been mostly successful, but I’m tired. Yes, I know, 6am isn’t early for a lot of you folks out there…but trust me, I’m not a morning person!
While I haven’t fleshed out entirely what’s happening this year, I’ve got a pretty good handle on running plans for the first half of 2017. Last year was a pretty prolific year of running. I don’t anticipate doing quite the same volume of races, but I want to hit my target of 2,017 kilometres.
Rather than outlining everything I’ve got planned, here are a few of my highlights for Running 2017:
My first race of the year is next weekend on January 15 – the Icebreaker 8k in the quaint fishing village of Steveston, BC. I first ran this race last year, and it practically ate me alive. Not only was I terribly sick, the weather was miserable – pelting rain and a brutal wind. My goal is to kick this race’s butt. BUT, with rain or possibly snow in the forecast, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen. Fortunately, the after party – which is inside and includes pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches – make it worthwhile, along with the camaraderie of lots of my running buddies.
Sound familiar? Probably not. With no immediate plans to run the Tokyo Marathon, I decided to look at a smaller local race that coincided with our upcoming trip to Japan. My honey (who is Japanese) came across this little gem – and I decided to give it a go. The Kumagaya Sakura Half Marathon (link in Japanese) will be held on March 19 and – if I’m lucky – will coincide with the sakura (cherry blossom) season. As my first race outside of North America, I’m pretty stoked about it!
Oops…just 2 weeks after my race in Japan, I’ll be tackling the Sunshine Coast April Fools Half Marathon. What better way to conquer jetlag?!? I’ve heard good things about this race, although I’m also told it’s pretty hilly. It’s a point-to-point starting a Gibsons, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
See those italics and parentheses? That is significant. I’ve been doing a lot of contemplation since registering for the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon. And I think I’ve made a decision…in 2017, I will almost definitely run my third full marathon. Big news, right? I ran my first full marathon back in 2014 (also Vancouver Marathon), and later that year ran the Honolulu Marathon. Three years on, it seems like the right time to revisit that challenge. Stay tuned – training updates may follow soon!
My first BibRave Pro race of 2017 will take place in Port Angeles, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Having never visited that very scenic part of the state, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to run as a BibRavePro in the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon! Obviously, I’m going to be promoting this race even more in the coming months, and I think all the other events I have planned will help with my training! NOTE: You can save $5 on registration with the code: ‘BibRave17’ – so why not join me there?!
Sure, I’ve got some other things planned – races, travels, and some self-improvement strategies. I’ll keep my readers posted on the various races as they come up, and how things are progressing. Looking forward to building new friendships, strengthening existing relationships, and making 2017 one of the best yet!
What are your plans for 2017?
Any races you’re really looking forward to?