2014 spring schedule

I’ve been lazy – both on and off the blog. In fact, I just started running again after an almost-two-month hiatus. So now…that’s out there.

Uncharacteristically, I haven’t really planned out my running schedule this year. Part of this is due to the uncertainty surrounding whether I’ll get into NYC for the fall, but some of it is because the last two months of 2013 were pretty busy for me.

The first half of 2014 will look a lot like 2012. I’m repeating the Louisville Triple Crown of Running – the Anthem 5k, the Rodes City Run (10k) and the Papa John’s 10 Miler, followed by the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon. I’m also considering one of the halfs at the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival in June because everyone who’s run it says it’s the most funnest thing they’ve ever done.

anthem 5k logoAnthem 5k
This 3.1-mile race used to start and finish downtown, but race organizers decided to move it to the eastern suburbs of Louisville this year. My previous experience with this race is that it was extremely crowded. In fact, I think there are nearly 10,000 finishers each year. It’ll be interesting to see how the change in location will affect turnout. And to be honest, I only registered for this race because it’s part of the Triple Crown and I wanted the extra shirt.

rodes city run logo

Rodes City Run

What I remember most from running this race is that I wished I’d have worn sunglasses. The first two miles were run directly into the rising sun on a straight shot down Broadway. This race also features a course change. Instead of ending near Slugger Field, there’s a repeated portion of the course with a finish line on Broadway. It’s another crowded race, but the streets are generally wide enough to accommodate a lot of runners without bunching.

papa johns 10 miler logoPapa John’s 10-Miler
This is my favorite race that isn’t a half or a full, perhaps because the course follows one of the best running areas of the city. Starting near the southern end of the University of Louisville campus, the race traces a portion of the Ironman Louisville path and circles around hilly Iroquois Park – one of the city’s most underappreciated areas – and finishes on the 50-yard line of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It’s not every race that you get to see yourself on a Jumbotron.

kdf mini marathon logo

Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon

I’m returning to my very first half marathon. This race, which features close to 20,000 finishers, is flat and fast. Since I’m not running a spring full, this will be my race to test progress. I’d like to get faster, and I’m going to give myself a goal of 1:47:59 for this race.

So that’s the schedule for me. Are you running any of these races? If not, how are you spending your spring?

Keep running, friends.


7 responses to “2014 spring schedule

  1. This is the first year I am *NOT* doing the Triple Crown. And that’s only because I am out of town for all of the races but the 10K. I might run that one though…we’ll see. LOVE that racing series. I will be doing the full Derby marathon however. GOOD LUCK on the half!! You got this. I know you can do it!

    • It’s such a good racing series. I love seeing all the training groups out in the spring – especially I would venture to guess that most of those people aren’t “full-time runners.” Thanks, Karen! I know you’ll be out there again soon and you’ll be faster than ever!

  2. I wasn’t planning on doing the Tripple Crown until I read about the route changes. I’m pacing the Derby half for my daughter. I plan to run the bluegrass 1/2 and get the bonus medal.

    My heart’s desire is to run Chicago full in fall. If not, StLou rock and roll. I don’t want a long travel time or any flights to keep costs for my family down.

    • You could still run the Papa John’s 10 Miler. It doesn’t have a course change.

      I thought about doing the Bluegrass Half, but scheduling won’t let that happen. I think you’ll have a blast, though. I ran part of the course last October during the Bourbon Chase and it’s GORGEOUS.

      I ran Chicago last year and it was the best race I’ve ever experienced (well – not my performance), but still.

      • Yes, I registered for the Papa John’s 10 miler. I love the course and overall concept of finishing at the stadium. The finish area pizza is an added benefit also. 🙂

  3. Going back to the ol’ first half, but this time FOR BLOOD. I like how you ramp it up too, starting with a 5k and then finishing with (maybe) the NY Marathon. Much like the Hunger Games, the odds are not at all in your favor, but magic can happen. I hope that these races will be soon collectively regarded as “The Spring of PRs” in your future autobiography “Glenn Cold Blood” by Goodman Capote.

    Just realized that PSH was in a movie about him. Too soon?

    • Right? Man, I hope I’ve progressed at least somewhat in two years of running. If not, I should just hang up my shoes.

      I’m not sure if that was too soon. I can’t even make Kennedy jokes.

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