Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday 5: Races to Run

Ok, so I really need to check ahead on the Friday 5 schedule, because it turns out Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia have some great topics.  Last week a ton of bloggers wrote about their 5 races to run (or that they want to run!)  and it made me sad that I missed out.  So officially catching up...

1. Shamrock Half Marathon:  Guys, it's getting so, so close!  I'm really excited! It's a fast, flat course, and J&A does a fantastic job with race logistics (think porta potties at every corral).  Read my recap from last year here. One day I might shut up about this race.  But probably not any time soon.


I will probably wear this for a month straight.
Source.


2. Crawlin' Crab Shell Yeah! Challenge: This was my first ever challenge, and I LOVED it.  One of my favorite parts was that after the 5k I actually wanted to drink my post race beer! (A lot of times after halfs I'm just not feeling it right away).  For all you craft beer lovers, this is your race!  The course is amazing, too.  Read my recap of last year's race here.





3. Mud in Your Eye XC Series: I really wish I lived in the Hampton Roads area still, because I loved running these races when I was in high school and college.  My dad and I would run them together and they were a blast.

4. Boordy Vineyards 5k:  Guys, you run for 3 miles and then get bread, cheese, and fruit plates, and WINE.  Best idea for a race ever.  You can read my embarrassing recap here.  (I think I'm destined to be embarrassed with this race. I had a moment registering for the 2015 race....totally freaked out because I thought it was sold out and Charm City Run kindly sent me the link to register since I was looking at last year's link.  Oops.)




5. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler: I loved every minute of this race.  I'm a big fan of evening races and the fact that you get to run under the boardwalk lights was amazing.  The post run party has Samuel Adams beer and a delicious bread bowl.  I realize it sounds like the only reason I run is to eat soup in bread bowls and drink good beer after this post....  Only partly true!  You can read my recap here.




A couple other runner up races that deserve to be in here are the Tower of Terror 10 Miler at Disney, the Scarecrow Classic 5k, and the St. John the Jogger 5k.  I love the last two because they are small, laid back and it's nice to just have an easy race morning.

What are the best (stress free--like I can park at the race site with ease.  I'm not all about the metro.) races in the DC area? I need some more local races!

22 comments:

  1. J and A races are such a great race series. The Dolphin medal is so darn cute. Too bad the half always sells out so quickly. Enjoy your taper! -L

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    1. Haha, yeah I've registered ridiculously early the past couple of years. I always get paranoid that they will sell out! :-)

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  2. Wine at the end of a race? Count me in!
    Shamrock was on my list of races for this spring, but it didn't make the cut. Hopefully next year! I could definitely go for a fast, flat course on the beach! ;)

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    1. Haha, I know the wine race is wonderful! You should definitely run it next year! My two fastest half times are on that course...just saying :-)

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  3. I can't help you find local races--but there is the delightful arboretum race near me!

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    1. Haha, well see! It would be nice :-)

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  4. Great list - I am going to have to go for Shamrock sometime!!!

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    1. Yes! You will love it! In the mean time you can run for wine with Mar and me :-)

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  5. i am SO sad they're not doing the tower of terror 10 miler anymore; i never got to do it! on a different note, i'm totally thinking of coming to the east coast just so i can get a medal with that cute crab on it haha

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    1. Oh bummer! I had no idea until you said something! And you should totally run Crawlin' Crab! It's an amazing race :-)

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  6. Love that dolphin medal (dolphins are my favorite!)

    No suggestions on DC area races. I've never run any up there. Sounds like you have a great list, though!

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    1. Dolphins are my favorite, too! Not gonna lie, it's my main reason for doing that particular challenge....if it was a goldfish challenge I would have stuck with just one of the races :-)

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  7. I really want to do the Boordy 5k one year! Sounds like my kind of a race:)

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    1. Haha, you can't go wrong with running for wine!

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  8. I am definitely doing that Boordy race this year! And Shamrock is on my list too!

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  9. dc road runner races! super easy and super affordable (as in 5$ for non members and FREE for members!). that wine race...hello!!!!

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    1. Ooh, thanks! And yes, sign up! We can just have a big blogger party at the end :-)

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  10. Yes - I would second what Courtney says! Checking out the Boordy 5K right now :) I would have to agree with you on all the J&A (obvi hehe).

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    1. We are going to take over Boordy. J&A love<3 SO CLOSE TO SHAMROCK!

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  11. Those look like great races! I agree about evening races - there's just something about them that seems more festive. And you can't beat a race that ends with a beer and bread bowl ;)

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