4-Consecutive Race Weekends: 1 Down, 3 To Go

Hi! My name is Dani and I am addicted to racing. 

There I've said it. I know it comes as a COMPLETE shock to everyone who reads this blog, but it is the truth! 

Sometimes I forget to look at - okay I forget how to read - a calendar and four-consecutive race weekends happen.

Now luckily I am not trying to PR at each and every race. After completing 52 races last year, including nine multi-race weekends I know how to sit back and take a race weekend in without worrying about the Finish time.

Sooo what fun do I have going on right now?

I just completed weekend 1 while on the Cape. Saturday I ran the ZOOMA Cape Cod Half marathon in 1:47:58 (8:15 min/mile pace) with my BRF Page. It was a great run and my first 1:4x half in 2 years! Hollah!

On Sunday, I finished the Gone For A Run *virtual* #RunForBeer10k (53:11, 8:35 min/mile pace) along the Cape Cod Canal.

Now for the fun the next three weekends will hold:

October 2-4

After doing a 20-miler training run on Saturday to prepare for Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Full Marathon (11/7), it's time for the Cambridge 5k Oktoberfest 5k.

This will be my third year running Oktoberfest with the Slumbrew Happy Soles. In the Boston area, there is still time to sign up & join our team. The race takes place in Kendall Square (Cambridge) at 9:30am. 

Registration includes a race shirt + food & beverages at the post-race Oktoberfest party sponsored by Cambridge Brewing Co, Notch BrewingSwiss Bakers & Jacob Wirth.

Register Here!

October 9-11

No. Sleep. Til. Brooklyn!!!

I am heading off to NYC for the weekend to run the inaugural Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half

In 2013, I did take part in the one-time RnR Brooklyn 10k. But as I mentioned that was a one and done deal. 

I'm looking forward to checking out this new race and catching up with my NYC friends and fellow #RockNBlog ambassadors! :)

If you are interested in joining me in Brooklyn, use code IRISHEYES1982 for $15 off!

Register Here!

October 16-18

It's time for my 10th multi-race weekend of 2015! I'll ring it in at Runner's World Half & Festival in PA.

I'm excited to return to this race for the second-consecutive year as a Runner's World influencer! Wahoo!! Some of my favorite blends (blogger + friend = blend) will be there as well! Yay! 

I am taking on all the races for all the medals and all the selfies!

Friday - Altra Running 3.8 mile trail race
Saturday - 5 & Dime aka 5k & 10k
Sunday - Half Marathon

For those wondering 3.8 + 3.1 + 6.2 + 13.1 = 26.2! Ya see what Bart Yasso was doing there??? Sneaky Bart Yasso! Sneaky! ;) 

If you want to be where the cool kids are, use code BLOGWEIGHTOFFMYSHOULDERS for a discount!! 

Register Here!

As you can see there are a lot of miles over these four weekends and this is all coming under the grander plan of my marathon training.

Looking at the calendar I finish these four sweet weekends have two weekends "off" (aka no races - for now) then I am off to Savannah for the marathon. HOLLAH! PS How does time fly like this?

So how do I balance marathon training and these races? I look at my week on Sunday and decide then which runs for the weekend are speed work and which are to be done at "marathon pace." 

Since I finished the ZOOMA half in 1:47, I do not have to fight for a 1:4x in Brooklyn and can let the body dictate the race pace. I will be taking all of the races at Runner's World for fun. I did that last year and had some of the biggest laughs ever during a race. My blends made it an awesome experience an I want to replicate that again.

Compression, cross training, fueling and hydration will be SUPER important over the next three weeks. Bring on the Essentia Water! (which reminds me - have you entered my #EssentiaMoments challenge? Only about a month left!)

Racing in four-consecutive weekends is a pretty lucky challenge to take on. I pinch myself over the opportunities I have gotten offered the past few years. Thank you all for following along with me.

Now tell me: do you ever do multi-race or consecutive race weekends? If so, what is your #1 tip?