Ready to Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona

The year is coming close to the end, and I’ve already been anxiously researching all of the races I want to run in 2014 (I’ve put my name in for the NYC marathon-please send good runner vibes!). I’m going to kick off the year with the P.F. Chang’s
Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon!

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Registered!

This is my hometown so I’m SUPER psyched to run this race. Up until now, I’ve only had one goal for a race and that is to just finish. However, you are hearing it from me now: I want to finally break the 2 hour mark. The course is supposedly “flat and fast”, and I’m used to racing up hills in Northern California.

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Yikes, right?

Obviously, you can never predict what may or may not happen on race day (nothing worse than having to make a porta-potty stop), or how crowded the course may be (this is a HUGE race). My half marathon PR is 2:06 (official), and not long ago I clocked an unofficial 2:01 half marathon on my Nike+ app…so I think I’m up for the challenge!

But this won’t be my very first race of the year. I’ve also signed up for my first shorter-than-half marathon-race, the Hot Chocolate 15K in San Francisco!

hot-chocolate-logo

I’ve never run a 15K so a PR is guaranteed. Sweet. Like hot chocolate.

This race falls on January 12, the week before the RNR Arizona. It should be a fun and low pressure event-and a fun way to get in a taper run in before the big half!

I still have my sights set on a full marathon in the spring, but I’m really indecisive about exactly which race I will run. I’m on the fence about registering for the LA Marathon, as it may be just a little too early for me to be completely ready. But I’m not making any decisions at the moment, I’m going to listen to my body and go with what feels right (and keeps me injury-free!).

Today I was originally scheduled to run The North Face Endurance Challenge half marathon, but I decided to opt out the race. Recovery from the Nike Women’s (half) Marathon took a little longer than I’m used to, so I didn’t start training on trails as I had planned. I’ve talked a great deal about my running layoff over the summer, but it’s hard not to because it derailed a lot of my running plans and pretty much defined the second half of my 2013 race calendar. I’ve made so much progress after returning to running, and I’ve learned so much about training properly that I felt running a half marathon in the mountains unprepared would set my progress back again. Thus, I decided to put off my first trail race until next year.

😦

Though I am a little sad missing the race…

…I feel really good about my decision. This past week has been one of my best training weeks to date. I set a new 5K PR on a training run (I’ve never run an official 5K, but I can see one in my near future), completed an 8 mile training run (the longest since the NWM), was able to make it to my favorite yoga class on Saturday, and-most importantly-I’ve regained confidence as a runner. After dealing with running layoffs/shin splints/obnoxiously tight IT bands, I can finally say that my legs are strong an injury free. I never set out to be the bestest/fastest/winningest runner-I just want to do what I love and and push myself to the best of my abilities.

Train smarter: run longer!

And I leave you with this random photo of my little family:

ThanksgivingFamily

-J

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21 thoughts on “Ready to Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona

  1. Opting out of races is always a hard decision! It stings a little bit (especially if you’re already registered; races are so dang expensive!), but I have opted out of two races after being registered (a half and a 10-miler), and am thankful I did… the risk of getting injured is not worth it!

    Your plan sounds great! I was trying to decide if I wanted to run the LA Marathon also, and decided it’s too early. Cheers to 2014 races!

    • Nope, injury is not worth it! I pulled out of this race and the Portland Marathon in Oct because I had really bad shin splints. I’ve had to start training from the ground up again, but at least Im injury free! I think you are right about LA..I wish it was in April or May!

  2. I have my first race of 2014 on Jan 12th as well. It is an 8k and part of the Frontrunners Island Series. There are 8 races that happen every two weeks starting Jan 12. Jan 12 is also my birthday. πŸ™‚

    Like the name of your run. Enjoy and look forward to reading about your runs.

  3. Greetings!

    How are you? Hope all is well!

    Anyway, I noticed you mentioned COMPETITOR GROUP (Rock N Roll Maration) on your site: (https://bayrunnerjamie.com/2013/12/08/ready-to-rock-n-roll-arizona/).We really appreciate the mention! I’m glad you wanted to share information about Rock N Roll marathon with your readers.

    Would you mind linking back to use as a reference for anyone that is interested in learning more? Here is the URL: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/arizona.

    Please let me know if you will. Thank you so much and I wish you all the best! πŸ™‚

    -abbymichaels80@gmail.com

    • Hi Abby!

      I am well, just training and running all of the time πŸ™‚

      Yes, I will definitely link back to the site! Thanks for taking a look at my blog post. I’m really excited to run this race! I will add the link to this post. Would you like me to mention it in a new post as well? I will send you an email to follow up too!

      Thanks!

      Jamie

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