When it comes to travel and racing, I have an exciting year ahead. The year started off with fairly loose plans and now they are starting to take a bit more shape. Which means I can finally share them with you all!
Here is what I expected for this year:
- I wanted to do my first marathon.
- Peter and I planned to take two 3-4 day trips (one in the spring and one in the fall) to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary this year. Plus, we hope to continue the enjoyment of having little getaways together like we did in 2011.
And my calendar has filled up pretty quick. I’m for sure not complaining! Check out the races and places I will be hitting up this year:
March Travel – Philadelphia, PA – Speaking @ Binge Eating Disorder Association 2012 Conference
I will have the chance to share my story and how social media impacted my experiences with binge eating. I look forward to connecting with other women who have struggled with this disorder and women who strive to help others overcome it. I will be part of a panel with the inspiring Ashley and Dana.
March Race – Publix Atlanta Half Marathon
I can’t wait to run this race in my hometown. The course will be a hilly challenge, but I will have lots of friends running it as well! Including this lady, which brings me to my next stop on the agenda.
May Travel – Boulder, CO for the BLEND Retreat
I just had to fit in some blog travel fun and I have always wanted to visit Colorado. Even better that this event focuses on exploring the area and really spending time together out doing things. I loved the conferences I attended and spoke at last year, but look forward to a low-key blogger getaway. Although not TOO low-key. I will be co-teaching a group bootcamp class on Saturday morning with Lindsay! Get a taste of my workouts and register. There are still some tickets available, so nab yours!
May Race – THE BIGGIE!!!!
I plan to run the Cleveland Marathon as my FIRST FULL MARATHON!!!!! Gah! I can’t believe I have a race picked out now. I am bouncing off the walls with excited energy.
I knew I wanted to get started towards this goal so wanted to pick a spring race for my first. I tried finding a race close to me, but none in the area were far enough out to give me ample training time. Since Peter and I knew we wanted to travel a long weekend together, we decided to do what we did with my first half marathon and make it a getaway experience.
I tossed around different races and their locales, but some were too far away or places we wanted more time to visit and travel than just a long weekend. You’re going to think we’re nuts for picking Cleveland for one of our trips, but we’re excited. Why? It worked out to couple it with a race, visit a new city, and we get to go to a place we’ve wanted to visit for a long time.
We may be crazy, but we both love theme parks. We honestly even considered spending some time at Disney as one of our trips, but knew we had to save that experience for the kids. Sooooo…we’re the weirdos spending a weekend together visiting an amusement park and running a marathon as a romantic getaway. I like it.
Now…do I walk an amusement park the Friday before a Sunday marathon? Or brave it the day after?
June will of course be our regular family vacation to Daytona Beach, something I look forward to every year for all the traditions we have there.
October Race & Travel – CHICAGO!
Now, you’re going to really think I’m nuts. I hope to run my second full marathon in Chicago. Yep.
Either way, Chicago tops the list of US cities I want to visit. It tops the list of races I want to do. And it tops the list of blog buddies I want to visit. Chelsey and I have been in cohorts planning for me to come stay with her for a fun weekend and for me to do the race. I’ll definitely stay tuned in with trying to do 2 races in one year, but the timing will work out to give me around a month scaled back after Cleveland. This year is about dreaming big for me, after all. I will always be realistic and adjust as needed, but this is the plan!
End Of Year Travel – A Cruise
To end out the year, Peter and I plan to take our second long weekend getaway with a 4 day cruise. He has never been on one and has wanted to go on one for awhile. I’ve been on a few Carnival cruises growing up, but it’s been a decade since my last one. The thought of ending out the year with a relaxing vacation sounds fabulous. We’re not sure exactly where or when yet…but we know we’re excited for this plan.
There you have it! Busy, big plans for the year ahead. I’m game!
Planning or hoping to attend any blog events? Traveling for any races? Any suggestions on favorite cruise lines or destinations?