Races I want to run

I’m not calling this a bucket list, because you’ll notice that there isn’t anything mentioned about a Monday race in April 2015 in Boston, but these are some unique and/or B.A.A. races I definitely want to attempt in the next year.

B.A.A. 10K – Sunday, June 22. 6.2 miles, basically the same course as the B.A.A. 5K I ran last weekend, but obviously twice as long so it goes all the way through the BU campus before looping back around. Unfortunately, the route stays mostly along Comm Ave. and doesn’t cross the Marathon finish line on Boylston. Registration opens on Thursday, May 1 and costs $60. Not sure if it’s in my budget this month.

Zooma Cape Cod 10K/Half Marathon – Saturday, September 27. If I can successfully run a 10K this summer, then I see no reason why I shouldn’t attempt a half in late September. Well, first of all, a half marathon is more than twice as long as a 10K, so there’s that. Also, I am really hoping to run a half a few weeks later… I actually heard about this race on Twitter (yes, I now follow runners on Twitter). It’s a women’s only race where you get pampered at the end – yoga, massages, wine, and a sweet t-shirt. Registration is already open, and the 10K is $75 and the half is $105.

B.A.A. Half Marathon – Sunday, October 12. The weekend after my birthday. What better way to celebrate entering your 30s than by running a half marathon? Let’s be honest, I’m already depressed about turning 30 and this would probably be the only thing to get me out of bed that week. But in all seriousness, I could run this race for DFCI again. There’s a $500 fundraising commitment (just like the 5K), plus a $75 B.A.A. registration fee (the 5K was only $25), plus a DFCI team fee (not sure what this will be yet, but the 5K was $50). The course follows the Emerald Necklace park system. It starts and finishes in Jamaica Plain, not too far from the Sam Adams Brewery. Coincidence? I think not. It turns around on Brookline Ave., just past the Longwood Medical Area. It is described as a “rolling” course = hilly. Ugh. But I better get used to hills at some point in my life.

Nike Women’s Half Marathon DC – The 2014 race actually happened this morning. When I saw that all finishers got jewelry box in a particular shade of blue with a white ribbon (Tiffany!), I decided I’m doing this next year. The event supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which is great because LLS partners with us on the Blood Cancer Research Partnership. Blood cancers is a huge part of what we do. I just think the idea of women’s only races are so neat. I’m not a feminist by any means, but it wasn’t that long ago that women weren’t even allowed to enter races like the Boston Marathon. Not sure when the 2015 race will be, but the registration for this year’s was $175. Yikes! But again, it’s for LLS. We shall see. Check out all the photos on Twitter from today’s race here.

Anyone want to join me in these?


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