I have been thinking about the races I wanted to run in 2012 for some time, but just hadn't gotten around to putting it all together. There were multiple races happening in April and May that I wanted to run, but knew that I would not be able to because of the marathon. Today I spent far too long and got every organized for the year. If you look closely, this year is far different from my previous racing years.
In 2012, I hope to run:
1 or 2 marathons - Illinois and either Quad Cities or Indianapolis
1 ultra marathon - Ragnar Relay team of 6 - Madison to Chicago
4 or 5 half marathons - ChiTown, Rockford, Alexian Brothers, Benefit Classic, and possibly Quad Cities
1 8 mile race - Hot Cider Hustle
1 7 mile race - Bix
2 10ks - Polar Dash (already done) and Spring Sprint
1 8k - Town and Country Race
2 5ks - St. Paddy's Day 5k and Groovin' in the Grove (but most likely one or two more)
1 Duathlon - Race Around the World
Of the 16 races I hope to race in 2012, 7 will be ones that I have never competed in before. Also, there will be a new distance - an 8-mile race. I am looking forward to running the Bix 7-mile race again this year. I've only run in one time, in 2010, and was recovering from low iron so my time can be much better.
I also am going to volunteer at the Chicago Marathon with my running group this year instead of running it. So, if you are running, I'll be at mile 2 handing out water or Gatorade. I think it will be a great experience.
Is anyone else doing any of these races this year, or have you done them in the past?