Preparing for 2015 Races

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | blogging

Jan 13

Hey there! It has been a busy week so far and it’s only Tuesday! Lately I’ve been trying to do a lot of strategizing for the blog and getting some ideas together, which somehow means that I’m writing less.

I’m planning on creating a survey to get ideas on what you, my readers, are most interested in learning about, and creating content that is better catered to you! I’ll let you know when it’s ready–I’d appreciate any feedback!

In any event, I’m still here! And I’m linking up with Tuesdays on the Run, hosted by April at Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Erica from MCM Mama Runs, and Patty from My No-Guilt Life! The Tuesdays on the Run series gets a lot of cool running bloggers together and we share our posts with the topic of the week. This week, we’re talking about our 2015 races!

2015 Race Training Begins:

Last month, I shared my race schedule for 2015.  One of my goals for the year is to HAVE FUN and not worry about finishing times, and I strategically picked a lot of races that I’ve never run before so that I won’t have any comparisons in the back of my head.  Now that 2015 is actually here, it’s time to get things going!  Here are the first few races I’m preparing for this year.

Fight for Air Stair Climb

Stair Climb 2012

Our Stair Climb Team from 2012

My first big event of the year is the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb in Philadelphia on March 21.  My coworkers and I have participated since 2009, and it has been a great time each year!

The challenge consists of going up 50 flights of stairs at one of the tallest buildings in the city.  It sounds super insane, but most people are finished within 20 minutes.  My best time going up was 10:12.  I think the fastest people make it up in less than 6 minutes!  But since I didn’t think I’d ever go sub-10 minutes, I’ve upped the ante and will be going up the stairs twice as part of the Century Climb!

Last year I did just barely beat my goal of finishing the Century Climb in 25 minutes, but his year I’m actually working hard to train for the steps, and thankfully I have no threat of injury!  Since the race is on March 21, I’ve got plenty of time to continue to build my lower body strength.  Using the Nike Training Club app, I’m doing lots of squats and lunges in all different variations.  Plus I plan to spend more time practicing on the Art Museum steps and any other stairs I can work on to build my endurance.

I am also fundraising for the Stair Climb, as I do every year.  Coming from a family full of smokers and those suffering with asthma, fighting lung disease is really important to me.  If you are interested in supporting the cause, please check out my donation page.  My goal is to raise at least $200 for the cause. I appreciate your support!

Cherry Blossom Run 10 Miler

cherry blossom run

I am SUPER excited about the Cherry Blossom Run on April 12, and I’m still stoked that my boyfriend, sister and I all made it into the lottery.

I just reached out to Coach Kristy about working together again, so we’re on our way!  Thanks to the Run Streak, I’ve already got a pretty good base to build on for training. So I look forward to sharing my training journey with you all for the next several weeks.  The fun begins on January 26 – I can’t wait to be back in training mode again!

This will be my first race in DC, so I’m super excited to have this change of pace, no pun intended!  I’m also really excited about meeting some of my favorite bloggers at Cherry Blossom!  If you’re going to be there, let me know! 

Clean Air Council 5K

clean air 5k 2014

Just some of us 5k runners and 3K walkers last year

The Clean Air Council 5K on April 18 is another oldie, but a goodie, and I always have fun at this race.  Every year in celebration of Earth Day, my company sets up running and walking teams for the Clean Air Council 5K Run and 3K Walk.  Like most 5K’s in Philadelphia, it starts at the Art Museum, and goes down MLK Drive and back.  But what makes the Clean Air Council 5K unique is the amazing energy from all the participants.  People wear fun costumes, bring their dogs along, and there are always great vendors. It’s fun being around friendly green people.

Last year I had my PR for this race and felt like a rock star with my 8-8.5 minute pace.  I don’t know why or how it happened (stars aligned?), but I think I just focused on enjoying myself.  I hope to have a great time with everyone once again!

Possible:  Feel the Love 5K

Sponsored by the Bryn Mawr Running Company, this race came up on my radar and I’m still pondering whether to participate in the Feel the Love 5K on Valentine’s Day. It’s a unique couples race where you run a loop multiple times in the opposite direction of your partner while you pass each other over and over during the course.

This would purely be a fun and mostly likely freezing cold race, so I’m seriously considering it!  It takes place in the Navy Yard.  I’ve done a race down there before and it’s really nice, so I think this would be something new and fun to try.  It looks like they have a really fun afterparty as well…but I may want to do something more romantic on Valentine’s Day than hang out with a bunch of runners!  We’ll see!

Last Week’s Workouts:

Monday 1/5: My first run since finishing the Runner’s World Streak….2 miles at lunch. Thankfully no shin/calf issues! Then I did the Dynamic Yoga 15 minute routine from Nike Training Club…it was very challenging. My side planks were pretty weak!

Tuesday 1/6: “Squat Party” workout on Nike Training Club, 30 minutes. Again, the core work was the hardest.

Wednesday 1/7: Rest! City Fit Girls Group Run was cancelled because of the frigid weather!

Thursday 1/8:  1.64 miles on the treadmill doing hill intervals, 1.5% and 9.5% incline at a 12 minute pace…intense! Then I did the 45 minute “Worth the Weight” workout on Nike Training. Biggest struggles were flutter kicks and tricep pushups.

Friday 1/9: I ran 2.5 miles outside during lunch. It was windy as heck but I survived!

Saturday 1/10: I ran 6.2 miles outside with Bret. It. Was. Cold!! But I was really happy, and even had a 10:16 average pace (say what!). Then I went up and down the Art Museum steps 3 times for some stair climb training.

Sunday 1/11: I was really beat from Saturday so I didn’t work out.

Monday 1/12: I wanted to run, but the pouring rain and a busy lunchtime held me up. When I got home I did the 45 minute “Power Press” followed by the 15 minute “Dynamic Yoga” on Nike Training Club, Tricep dips were surprisingly one of the hardest workouts!

2015 Races: Cherry Blossom, Fight For Air Stair Climb and more! via @Janelle_RWNR #totr Share on X

Are you training for any races, or have you already started racing this year? What’s your biggest race goal for the year?

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