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Happy New Year! Half Marathons for 2017!

Happy 2017, friends! Hope you guys had a great holiday and wonderful time ringing in the new year.

I’ve spent the last week trying to get back into routine — work, gym, chores, etc. I’m still playing catch-up. This is probably my least favorite time of the year (post-holiday blues, cold east coast weather), so while everyone’s out there making big resolutions to be amazing, I’m just taking it day by day. It’s what works for me. I do set goals for myself, but the main thing I strive for every year is to live a full life and do the best that I can in whatever situation I’m in.

Right now, I’m in a “blah, it’s January” situation, so you know, I’m working my way through it. 🙂

I finally got around to narrowing down the races for my 2017 line-up. I’ve got six on tap — my colleague, Kevin, (aka Coach Kevin) is pushing for me to do eight, so I’ll end the year with 25 states under my belt. Not sure if I can do it, but we’ll see.

This year, I’d like to keep each race destination under $500. I know $500 sounds like a lot, and it seems like it should be doable, right? But when you factor in airfare and hotel (and food and beers and food and more beers), it’s so easy to rack up the bill — personally, I think $500 for states in the midwest and west coast (when you live on the east coast) is a good deal! What do you think? Your thoughts and discount travel tips are welcome. 🙂 SEND MY WAY!

This race schedule isn’t set in stone. I’m still working out some other travel plans that may affect my races. But for now, this is what I’ve got…

Let me know if you’re doing any of these, too. Maybe we can meet up!

May 2017

Sunday, May 7 – Flying Pig Marathon (half for me) — Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday, May 28, – Boston’s Run to Remember — Boston, Massachusetts

June 2017

Sunday, June 18 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle — Seattle, Washington

October 2017

Saturday, October 8 – Newport Marathon (half for me) — Newport, Rhode Island

Sunday, October 22 – Atlantic City Marathon (half for me) — Atlantic City, New Jersey

November 2017

Saturday, Nov. 4 – Savannah Rock ‘n Roll — Savannah, Georgia

A couple of others I may add:

Saturday, September 2 – Hole Half Marathon — Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Sunday, November 20 – The Williams Route 66 Half Marathon — Tulsa, Oklahoma

What races do you have planned for this year?

Do you have any running goals (or other goals) for 2017? 


  1. Sounds like a great race calendar you have planned and a stop in Seattle, awesome!!! We won’t be running RnR Seattle this year…last year was my 3rd time so giving it a break but if it works out who knows maybe we can meet up with you somewhere – more than happy to share some ideas about what to see and do in Seattle if you need any. I like the $500 or under goal – that’s impressive, I’m not sure I’ve ever looked closely at just how much we spend on our “racecations,” probably best I don’t!! Also, Route 66 is an awesome event…get in touch with their social media director – she is super friendly and very responsive on twitter…they might offer to invite you to their blogging panel if that is something you are interested in. I’ve got reviews of both Seattle and Tulsa on my site so feel free to reach out anytime if you would like any input. Look forward to following your 2017 adventures!

    1. Thanks, James! Will definitely check out your reviews for Seattle and Tulsa! I think I recently read your Route 66 recap, but will go over it again. 🙂 I’ll probably reach out later for things to see/do in Seattle. 🙂 I’m excited — it’ll be my first time there! The $500 goal is going to be very hard (especially to cities I plan to stay in a little longer, like Seattle and Savannah!), but I’m determined to stick to it! Or at least try to stay as close as possible to it. Lol. Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to following your 2017 adventures, too!

  2. Wow! That’s a lot of races! You make me feel like a slacker with only 3 half marathons planned for this year, but it’s all I can afford since I’m also going to a few other places without races just for vacations. Plus my daughter is in school and she goes everywhere with me and my husband so I have to go when she’s out of school. It’s expensive to do racecations, but I love them anyway. I ran the race in Newport a few years ago and have a post on it on my site if you want to check it out.

    1. You definitely shouldn’t feel like a slacker! Three is good! Especially when you have other travel plans in the mix. 🙂 I feel ya, racecations can really get pricey — I’m hoping I can stick to my budget! I’ll definitely check out your recap on the Newport race. Looking forward to reading about your 2017 races and other travel adventures this year! 🙂

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