My 2018 racing schedule (so far)

Happy 2018, friends.

Unlike everyone else, I have not started out the new year with a fitness frenzy. I have run a grand total of ZERO miles in 2018. In fact, my last Strava entry is from Christmas Day; I did a 3-mile jaunt in Kyoto and haven’t hit the pavement since. But sinful as it may be to say:  I love running. (Which means sometimes I hate running and that’s normal.) So I’ve signed up for a few races to make sure I get back on track.

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River crossing mid-run in Kyoto
River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

Here’s what I have signed up for so far. Are you registered for any of these? Any must-race events I should get on my calendar?

February 4: New York Road Runners GridIron 4 Miler. This race is on Superbowl Sunday in Central Park. I’ve raced it the past few years. After running the NYC marathon in November, I didn’t think I’d be worried about covering four miles in February, but here we are, and I am. I need to hit the road soon so this race isn’t a sufferfest.  Though per the photo below, I suffered last year, too.

March 18: United Airlines NYC Half. I got in through the lottery for the first time ever. However, I am not sure I can run it this year due to a scheduling conflict, because that’s the way the cookie does crumble. NYRR changed the course and now it starts in Prospect Park and ends in Central Park. It’s rare to run through car-free NYC streets so it should be a treat for those who run AND those who cheer.

April 8: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run in Washington DC. I’ve run this race twice before (2017, 2016). At the moment thinking about running ten miles makes me sleepy, but hopefully I’ll get back in the game soon.

cherry blossom 10 miler
Washington Monument, Cherry Blossom Finish Line

June 3: Covered Bridges Half Marathon (in Woodstock, Vermont). It will be my first time participating in this race. I’ve heard great things about the bucolic route. The small town race sold out in less than 20 minutes. A few friends and I are going to rent a house nearby and make a weekend of it!

What’s on your calendar? Let me know in the comments!


  1. January 11, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    Gridiron & Cherry Blossom as well! Was going to do the Shape Half until I got into Cherry Blossom, so glad I didn’t sign up early for that one.
    Also maybe Lebow next weekend, but that’s a definite we’ll see as I’m definitely undertrained .
    Good luck!

  2. jmc
    January 12, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Your calendar looks fun! I’m only signed up right now for the Newport News Marathon. Fingers crossed I actually make it to the start this time. What I’m almost MORE excited about, however, is an all-women running camp this July in Estes Park, CO.

  3. MB
    January 17, 2018 / 6:08 am

    Ran Cherry Blossom the past 3 years but alas, did not get into the lottery this year… and I live 10 min from the start! If anyone needs to transfer this year, I’ll take it!

    • Nicole
      January 29, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      ahh they do that whole bib exchange thing on their website, don’t they? hopefully you can get a spot!!

  4. January 31, 2018 / 9:26 am

    I did the Gridiron race a few years ago and it was a lot of fun!

    • Nicole
      January 31, 2018 / 9:42 am

      yes! the split-to-show-your-support part is a hoot!

  5. February 4, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    I’ve run Cherry Blossom several times and love that race. I might have to consider the NYC Half now that my son and dil live nearby.

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