The Stories Behind Each Race

Journaling and Mapping Out My Races
Journaling and Mapping Out My Races

This past week, I finally decided on my spring, summer and fall race calendar for 2015. My goal with this race schedule is to focus on quality over quantity. This past fall of 2014, I finished a long marathon training cycle. This was my first time training through the spring and summer for a full marathon. It was my first marathon. I felt okay through most of the training cycle, but my aches and pains caught up with me in November and December.

Fast forward, here I am now, on the road to 100% recovered from a yucky bout of achilles tenonitis. I finally found an awesome sports chiropractor, an hour and a half way, that is doing twice weekly sessions of Graston and ART on my achilles! Yay!! Just wish I had found this awesome doc sooner! I’m really using the rest of February to keep my weekly mileage around 12 to 15 miles per week.

So, I’ve been cautious with building my race calendar. I didn’t want to jump into a bunch of races, while not being fully prepared. I also, chose my races because of location and personal connections to each race. I tend to Run with My Heart. I have an unwavering love for the Northeast and New England races! These races will usher in my 40th Birthday year, April 29th, 2015!

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1. Zooma Annapolis
This will be the fourth year in a row that I’ve raced with the Women’s Running series, Zooma. I love the scenic “raceCations” that these races create. Zooma Annapolis has a gorgeous, somewhat hilly course for the 10k and half marathon from the Naval Academy stadium through historic, downtown Annapolis. The race weekend begins on a Friday night with running vendors to peruse, mocktails and fun meet up time with other runners! Race day concludes with gorgeous finisher medals, yoga, foam rolling, lunch, music and Wine! This year, I’m honored to be a Zooma Annapolis Ambassador! Come join me for this beautiful, fun race on Saturday, May 30th, at 7:00am in Annapolis, Maryland! 10 % off race registration USE- CODE KARA15 Register Here!

2. LlBean 4th of July 10k
By now, if you’ve read my blog, bio, and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, then you know-I’m from Maine! Yup! Maine has my heart! This July 4th race is the perfect way to begin celebrating the 4th in Maine! Two years ago, it was a bit hilly and humid, but so much fun! Running through the “heart” of downtown Freeport! The finish line is on Main Street in front of the iconic Llbean Boot! After the race, stay for the Freeport July 4th Parade!

3. Beach 2 Beacon 10k
There’s something about racing towards PortlandHeadlight Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine that is just magical and breathtaking! Registration opens on March 13th, at 7:00am Sharp, for everyone! If I’m fast with typing, then this will be my fourth year in a row racing this gorgeous 10k in my former home state!

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4. Zooma Run Cape Cod Yup! I love this Women’s Race series! This seaside location in beautiful North Falmouth, Massachusetts has everything for a fun RaceCation! This will be my second Zooma Run Cape Cod 13.1!! The Host resort hotel is on the beach!! I loved relaxing on the beach and soaking in the salty ocean water after racing! USE CODE ANGELA15 for 10% off race registration!

5. Navy-Air Force Half Marathon Well, I think this will be my First Ever, road race through history-filled Washington, DC! I’m looking forward to this local race! It’s only about an hour and a half from me, in southern Maryland! This race is actually the weekend prior to Zooma Cape Cod! Wow, two half marathons a week apart! My friend Colleen, from Live Free and Run is a race ambassador! Registration opens February 2nd for Lowest Price! Use Code COLLEEN for a referral:)

6. Washington DC Ragnar Relay A “Bucket List” race! I have always wanted to be part of a Ragnar Relay team and race through towns, open roads and experience the adventure! This two-day event is held on October 2nd and 3rd, 2015! I’m excited to run with another amazing friend and runner, Lisa, from Lisa Runs For Cupcakes Its going to be a challenging, team oriented, exciting race!

So, there it is, my 2015 race calendar! Each race reflects a little bit of me and why I choose these races!

What’s the story behind your race calendar? How do you decide on races each year?

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