10 Half & Full Marathons That Are Bucket-List Worthy

I've had my eye on so many half & full marathons and you can really only travel SO MUCH each year, but someday I will get to do them all! I feel like almost every runner has at least a few races that they really really want to run someday, so I've compiled a list of 10 (ehhh....11 because I couldn't narrow it down) races that I really want to run and would love to hear from you with the races that are on YOUR bucket list! Sharing is caring!

  1. New York City Marathon
  2. Chicago Marathon
  3. Boston Marathon
  4. Big Sur Marathon
  5. Marine Corps Marathon
  6. 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
  7. Mount Washington Road Race
  8. Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon/ Half-Marathon
  9. SeaWheeze Half Marathon
  10. The Kauai Marathon
  11. Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

I tried to pick a mixture of both half & full marathons and those in almost every state! Unfortunately some of these races are done by lottery, so it could be many years before I'm able to get in (or qualify). 

What races have you done on this list or which ones you'd love to do someday?

I think Disneyland Paris is definitely one that I would absolutely LOVE to do and hope I can make this happen someday! I've never been to Paris, so being able to explore more of Europe would also be amazing. 

Also just being able to visit Hawaii is something I want to do within the next ten years and I will HAVE to run there when I get to go! 

I hope you are recovered from your New Years Eve and going back to work isn't too terrible....Ugh only 4 days until the weekend!

Las Vegas Rock 'n Roll Marathon Review & What I Did During The Day b4 The Race!

HAPPY HAPPY TURKEY DAY! I hope you will be celebrating with lots of tasty food, family/friends, and a GREAT RUN! I'm doing the 5k Turkey Trot this morning and then skiing and a small dinner with friends! I am thankful for all my family and friends near and far, as well as thankful for my legs that are strong enough to endear long runs and let me travel to beautiful places!

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Make sure to head over to Race Recaps for the full recap of the Las Vegas Rock 'n Roll Marathon!

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I wanted to share with you a few things that I did during the day before the 4:30pm start because it definitely is difficult to fill your day if you want to save your legs for race time. 

Things I typically will save until the day of the race:

  • Race playlists- I actually LOVE doing this a few hours before the race. It gets me excited for the race and does not require anything physical. 
  • Eat small meals throughout the day (up until 1 hour before the race start)- I stick with plain bagels with butter/ granola oat bars/ Honey Stinger chews/ Bananas/ Pop Tarts. Anything that I have previously eaten before a training run I eat the hours before race. 
  • Legs up the wall at least twice- I do this constantly when traveling for a race. It's amazing how refreshed you feel afterwards. 
  • Read a chapter of an inspiring book- I saved a chapter in Matt Fitzgerald's How Bad Do You Want it to read before my race and I honestly thought about it/ channeled it my entire race. 
  • Lay by the pool (but don't get too much sun)
  • Foam Roll
  • Do a fun hairstyle- Having a late race start means more time to do a fun braid or hairstyle that you wouldn't normally do for those 3AM wake-ups. 

Things I don't do before a race:

  • Eat insane amounts of food. Just don't. do. it.
  • Walk a lot
  • Get extra sleep the night before (I DO get extra sleep the week leading up to a race, but not the night before a race- I feel sluggish if I get too much sleep). Stick with your normal sleep times to prevent a "sleep hangover"
  • Not do anything at all. It's good to still have things to do to keep your mind off of the race/ build up anticipation
  • Sight-see- save it for after the race!
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Don't forget to go check out my RACE REVIEW !

 

Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas Day 2/5k!

After Cher, we didn't end up getting back to the hotel until AFTER 11pm! Wayyy past my bedtime, so I took a melatonin (my savour during traveling/racing weekends to make sure I still get a decent nights sleep) and woke up around 7:30. We decided to rent a car for the day to go check out the scenery and save our legs/feet for the 5k!

We went to Panera first, where I like to stock-up on bagels (at a place that I know) and began the carbo-loading. I normally take in extra carbs/proteins/less veggies 1.5 days before the start of the race and load up on electrolytes/ Gatorade/ water the entire WEEK before a race. After we were full of deliciousness, we drove to see the Hoover Dam (my Gram had NEVER seen it before!). The weather on Saturday was perfect- 70 degrees with hardly a cloud in the sky. 

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After Hoover Dam, we stopped by Ethel M. Chocolates to pick up some treats to take home (splurged on a coin chocolate they were handing out) and checked out their Cactus Botanical Garden. 

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We stopped by Chipotle to get a later lunch (I love their chicken burrito bowls before races) and headed back to the hotel to relax for a bit before leaving for the 5k at 4pm (it starts at 6:30). 

Note: If you plan on running the 5k, either plan to take an Uber or stay at a hotel at the beginning of the Monorail. We stayed at the Excalibur and got on at the first stop for the Monorail and every stop the monorail made after ours, NO ONE else could get on because it was so full. Definitely a bonus to stay on the end of the strip. We arrived at the start line with a little over 40 minutes left (perfect timing) and I headed to my corral #7 when there was 30 minutes prior to the 6pm start. 

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The 5k had A LOT of congestion and the hassle getting there really put a damper on the race, but once you got out a 1/2 mile it was MUCH better. I took it really easy (~10:00+ per mile) for the first 2 miles of the race then alternated every 0.10 with 8:10-8:15 strides and ~10:00+ easy pace. I finished with a 9:40 overall pace and it felt pretty good to pass a lot of runners when I was doing my strides! It was also a great way to get used to the race atmosphere and practice holding back my pace. We also stayed for a few of the Goo Goo Dolls songs- they were pretty good (but not as good as I expected for a live performance...). 

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Overall 5k recommendation: Do it if you want a safe place to do a shake-out-run. Don't do it if you aren't ready to deal with the crowds and hassle of traveling to and from the race venue.

Also CONGRATS to my Gram for doing her first 5k!! She totally ROCKED it! Super proud : ) 

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