Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Loosy Goosy

Posted by CheapRunnerMichelle

Merry Christmas Eve friends!!! Man I love the Christmas holidays sooo much – and I am super excited to be off for the next three days to just hang with the family (well minus Mike today, while he is at work).

My fellow cheaprunners have just re-capped their 2013 in running, but I have decided to not do Part 3, and instead wanted to look forward.

Although I am only “officially” signed up for 2 races in 2014 – there are many ones that I would like to do…so I thought we could look forward to a “loose” 2014 race schedule.

January 2014


It is no surprise to y'all that in just 2 weeks we are heading to Disney for the marathon weekend, and I am doing the ½ distance on the Saturday (might I add…very….very….very….early – like as in the race starts at 5:30am…which means that we have to be at the race at approx. 3:30am….argh)

I am really looking forward to another great Disney race! I had so much fun at our last one in October. Hands down – I WILL most definitely be stopping for pics with all the various characters along the course…and I will be dressed in costume – any guesses what I’ll be?!?

February 2014


…’nough said – this is all I plan on doing. No races for me

March 2014

Around the Bay – Mike found this race earlier this year and kinda threw it out there as a “would you be interested in”…

It is a 30K loop and goes around the bay in Hamilton, ON Canada. Neat history fact – this race is the “oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon.”

Although I have said that a marathon is NOT on my bucket list – I think this is a distance that I would at least try once. I have already decided that if I do end up running this race – I will do what this gal did in her last marathon to PR…10 min running and 1 minute walking – right out of the gate. Doing that makes this race sound doable to me – and the more I think about it – the more “serious” I am becoming about signing up for this. A big “pro” for me for this race is that it is fairly close to home – so we could just drive up the morning of.

April 2014

Last year I ran the Run for Retina (5km) and The Forest City Road race (actually I have run FCRR the last 2 years in a row – the first year 5km, and last year 10km)…I will most likely do both of these races, and my plan will be to do the 10km distance at both.

May 2014

Expedition Everest Challenge at Disney -- Kennedy has been wanting to do this race/scavenger hunt for a few years now – and she is finally old enough to participate. Because of her age – she needs to be on a team – so right now “we” (as in Mike and I) are thinking that this will be a mother/daughter race weekend…gotta be honest – I was kinda hoping that Mike would be there to solve the “clues” on the scavenger hunt for us…but oh well…at least Kennedy is smart just like her daddy ;)


Two weeks later there is a marathon and ½ marathon out in California that Mike and I are definitely considering.

The Surfer’s Path Marathon -- We have never been to Cali – but have always wanted to…so this race is kind of a great excuse. We can kill two birds with one stone – and call this our anniversary trip as well. Skinny Runner has done this race before – and it sounds like an absolutely breathtaking course….oh and who can forgot…it’s also a great excuse to meet my friend in real life – and be completely inappropriate together for a weekend! (and I might even be able to convince her to run with me!)

June 2014

This is the only other race that I am already officially signed up for, Niagara Falls Women’s ½ Marathon.  Rhoda and I both ran the inaugural event last year – and despite how my feet felt by the end of the race – it was a lot of fun. It was a great girl’s weekend at the Falls – so when we got emails shortly after the race to sign up for almost ½ of what we paid to run last year – we jumped at the chance. (we even convinced my MIL and SIL to join us in 2014 as well). It was a great course – running along the Falls, the staff were great…and they give out the BEST swag bags of any race I have ever done. I am really looking forward to this race already – and have a PR goal that I am hoping to achieve at this run.

Guelph One -- This was the very 1st triathlon that I ever participated in 2 years ago now. With our weather being so crappy last year I decided to not sign up for this race – as I was not feeling “trained” enough, and I did not want to swim in freezing cold water. This winter I’d like to focus a little more on my swimming, and if I feel things are going well – I think I’d like to give the sprint or Olympic distance a try.


Well this marks the ½ way point – so I think I’ll do the rest in a Part 2 follow-up post for sometime next week.

If you made it this far in the post – send me your address – you deserve a medal ;)

Merry Christmas everyone – I hope you and your loved ones get to relax and enjoy the true meaning of the season!


  1. Well I haven't really done my 2013 recap if running yet, stay tuned for that next week.... I like the looks if your Feb 2014 plans!!!

  2. No Mike = No Fun

    I feel ashamed after reading this for having no race agenda, I think I loose my runner's tag lol

    have a Joyous and Merry Christmas!!

  3. Wow!! You have some great things loosely lined up!!
    Of course, my favorite is your February plan (can I come - just kidding, sort-of!)!!!
    That Disney scavenger hunt with Kennedy sounds like a fun trip for y'all!
    Can't wait to follow along with all of your races!

  4. katie @ fromicecreamtomarathonDecember 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Part 2 will include Nashville, right?? ;)
    I would LOVE to do the Niagara Falls half. I haven't been there in 15 years, and need to go back!
    I'm telling ya, that 10:1 thing helped me SO much. At the end of the marathon I actually felt good, and not like I was about to die. I will always do that from now on. Merry Christmas darling!!

  5. Debbie @ healthy running momDecember 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Sounds like so much fun! The Niagara Falls women's race sounds great! So cool. What's in that swag bag?

  6. katie @ fromicecreamtomarathonDecember 27, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Well, I haven't been. But I have 18 on the schedule tomorrow, so plan on doing it then. I'll just do it for my long runs.

  7. Debbie @ healthy running momDecember 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Wow, sounds GREAT!