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TOTR 2 small 300One thing that helps folks (especially those up north!) push through the winter running is the promise of the glorious Spring racing season.

We know you have plans, let us see what they are!

Did you enter any new races this year?  Revisiting old stand-bys? And I want to know who’s running Boston?  It’s my favorite Monday of all Mondays!

Shout it out and let us know what the Spring of 2016 looks like for you. Link up with Erika, Marcia and me for this week’s Tuesdays on the Run!


Spring Race Plans


In the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” category, I have two Spring races planned.

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The Princess Half Marathon and Enchanted 10K are up first.

I’m running this one for the 6th year in a row.

It’s where my half marathon journey began, and I’m excited to get back to see some familiar faces.

I’m NOT super excited about the course, but at least, it’s not new and scary like the marathon I just completed.

Or as long.  Ha.

Even though I say this every year, this time, I might mean it.  This is most likely my last Princess Half.  I’ve experienced Marathon Weekend, and I’ve developed a taste for it.  Same course, different medal if I run the Donald.

I might be down with the change.

PHX half

The Phoenix Half Marathon is the weekend following Princess.

I ran this one in 2014, signed up again for 2015 but skipped it because of the timing (was getting back from a trip the night before the race), and I’ve missed it.

The vibe was a ton of fun!  The course is gently sloping downhill: no issues on legs or knees, but it was a fun feeling of letting gravity take control.

This race runs on the 2nd half of the Marathon, so as a bonus I get to see the winners fly past me somewhere along mile 7.  I’m odd like this, but I LOVE to see the fast folk cruise on by.  It’s an awesome way to “cheer” a race and run it at the same time.  Also why I like the out and backs.

I know, I’m a weirdo.

The Dark Side Challenge: Star Wars Half and 10K at Walt Disney World.

I’m legit running this one for one reason alone.

This medal:

Kessel run medal

I’m not a big “run for the medals” person anymore.  I mean, I like them, but it’s not the sole reason I will pick a race.


I had a dream when I started running Disney.  That somewhere in a theme park far, far away a Star Wars half would be run.  And then they would hold two races, one on each coast, for an epic coast to coast medal.

it's true

And that will conclude my Spring running.  It may even conclude my half marathons for a very, very long time.  I’m feeling a strong pull to step back, regroup, and focus on the shorter events.

I haven’t decided for sure, but that’s what my thinking is right about now.

Do you have any Spring races on your “must do” list?  Any you have regretted not signing up for?

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Wednesday 3rd of February 2016

I can't believe you consider Princess to be a SPRING race! I mean, it is February :)

I'm trying a new race in a new state, the Garmin Land of Oz (half) in Kansas in April, because it turns out my parents live not far from there (Kansas City). I'm excited to see someplace new!

(I'll also be going to New Orleans for the first time the week after Princess for RnR NOLA, but again, NOT SPRING, although it will probably feel like it, coming from Ohio. :)


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

I want that Millenium Falcon medal! Hope all of your spring races are fast and injury free...


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

You are giving me Spring Fever with all your great races! I'm not sure I'll do another marathon but I so could add another Disney run. I hate they keep going up in prices but I'm not ready to make a stand yet! Thanks Patty for the link up!


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

I love out and backs! My friends think I'm loco for it but it's entertainment, right? :)


Tuesday 2nd of February 2016

Oh oh oh...I'm dying over that medal. When we saw the Millennium Falcon in the Force Awakens my kid and I literally screamed out loud in the theater.