May 20

Runners Take Your Mark…Racing Schedule 2015

I’m a visual person. I don’t ever actually write down all my races (other then the dates on my calendar) but I have a clear picture in my head of when they are and what I need to focus on. Since my focus has been waning a tad in these past few weeks, I wanted to flush out my racing calendar and get my mind right. I also noticed my “VITA RACES” page was kind of a mess so I’ve reorganized and feel better already. Now I just need to bike, swim and run until I’m faster and stronger then ever. No problem.


RACE: Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon

DATE: July 8, 2015 | 6:00pm

FOCUS: Place in top 10 women to qualify for the Triathlon National Championships

FUN: Racing a triathlon at night. I have never raced at this time so I’ll have to train this way, at least a few times, and hopefully enjoy a cool July evening.

I love doing hometown races because my amazing friends do stuff like this for me to see on the course!

I love doing hometown races because my amazing friends do stuff like this for me to see on the course!

RACE: Stratton Faxon New Haven 20K

DATE: Monday, September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)

FOCUS: Break the curse! This race has sucked for me in the last two years. This will be my 9th time running it and I want to PR and feel good leaving the course.

FUN: Racing with all my best running friends and eating beer and bread in the park at the finish. New Haven isn’t the nicest place in CT and we usually have a lot of fun people watching!

These two have been the only reason I enjoyed the New Haven 20K these past two years. #BreakTheCurse

These two have been the only reason I enjoyed the New Haven 20K these past two years. #BreakTheCurse

RACE: Portland Maine Half Marathon

DATE: October 4, 2015

FOCUS: This will be my last race before THE marathon. I want to feel good and fine tune all my fueling (pre-race, mid-race and post-race) as well as traveling to and from a race, sleeping in a hotel, etc.

FUN: This will be a weekend filled with friends from around the country and I cannot wait to see everyone, relax on the beach and then run the hell out of this race!…and then relax and drink wine.

This will definitely be my first medal with a LOBSTAH on it. I hope they still give this one out!

This will definitely be my first medal with a LOBSTAH on it. I hope they still give this one out…for the half!


RACE: New York City Marathon

DATE: November 1, 2015

FOCUS: Getting to the start line with zero injuries, racing well and getting a shiny new PR.

FUN: Although this should be an amazing time, running an iconic race, the logistics of doing this with 50,000 other runners and having my kids celebrate Halloween in NYC the night before is leaving a lot to be desired. We’ll see how it all plays out but right now, it’s giving me a headache!

I randomly found this searching for NYCM photos. Can someone PLEASE make this for me? Best.sign.ever.bitch.

I randomly found this searching for NYCM photos. Can someone PLEASE make this for me? Best.sign.ever.bitch.

I’m sure I will sprinkle in some 5Ks as well, as they are great for speed work in the summer, and maybe even a 10K if I can find one. They seem to be few and far between in these parts.

I’m happy to have a solid schedule and, after rehabbing all of my injuries, I’m looking forward to tackling each and every goal head-on!

And we’re off…


What are your summer plans?

What’s your favorite distance to race?


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  1. CARLA

    where is AUSTIN??

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    1. vita88

      I seriously have a life long dream of visiting Austin! As a runner, I think it’s a must! Someday…

  2. Janine Huldie

    That first date is actually my wedding anniversary. So I won’t be running, but hopefully celebrating a bit on that one. As for the rest of the summer, Emma’s birthday is the week after, we have tickets to three different concerts and going to Disney on August. So definitely have some fun stuff coming up!! 😉
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    1. vita88

      Fantastic! I will consider that my good luck charm 🙂

  3. Hollie

    I’m a very visual person as well and I like to have my race calendar all lined up and ready to go. I’m excited to see how you like the NYCM and how well you do at it!
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    1. vita88

      Me too. I’m afraid of NYC but if I go into it knowing it will be crowded, crazy and chaotic then I stand a chance of enjoying it 🙂 Thanks Hollie.

  4. emma @ be mom strong

    I’m really kind of bummed I didn’t go ahead and pull the trigger for NYC Full! maybe upping to the Richmond full though!
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    1. vita88

      Me too!!! What the heck??? We need to make some racing plans.

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    My summer plans are to RUN!!!! Excited for Portland although I won’t be running it – I’ve got Chicago the week after. But I will be everyone’s race course sherpa! And just a note – that medal is from the Maine Coast that was a couple of weeks ago. Sorry to burst your lobstah bubble. 😉
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    1. vita88

      That makes me SO happy!!…although I would love for you to be running it but hey, I will take just meeting you and getting to hang out with zero chance of missing you!!
      Booooo to the medal, but I’m sure it will be something equally awesome and Maine-like.

  6. Tina muir

    YAY! This is so exciting!! Great racing schedule Allie, I wish I had that much clarity with mine! I think I am gonna be able to make it to Maine! Woooohoooo! New York is gonna be so exciting for you, the crowds will be amazing!
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    1. vita88

      I will be so, so excited if you make it to Maine!!!!! Even if you can’t run the race, hopefully you can do a really slow run with me…of course it will be my speed work day 🙂

  7. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    You know I’m loving this race schedule!!! I love that you said that folks will be watching you after the Hartford race…just stay close to your friends mmk? 🙂 I so wish you lived around here, there are multiple big races every weekend! Sometimes I just tell myself NO even thought really wanna. Haha! But it’s fun too because you can use a race as a really fun way to get your training miles in!
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    1. vita88

      I so wish I lived there too so I could just pop over to the park every weekend and see you! And I love racing as part of my training schedule. Oh well…

  8. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    I love that Breaking Bad sign!! Hilarious!

    I like your race schedule, especially because it culminates with the NYCM!

    I think you already know that this summer I will be focusing on the barre! We are also planning on traveling a lot more!
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    1. vita88

      Isn’t it? I died when I saw it.
      Of course I will be making an appearance at Barre which I am equally excited about! I have to start planning that ASAP.

  9. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    That Portland Maine half sounds great. I have one run one race in New England, can you believe it? I’m trying to find one to run when I’m home in June but haven’t had any luck yet!
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    1. vita88

      I can’t?? But, there aren’t a ton of races, as you’re finding out. As you know, I really want to run DC!!! We are absolutely taking a trip there with the boys soon and, when we do, we will have to run or race or just drink wine 🙂

  10. Miss zippy

    Looks like a great plan to me! Love odd distances like 20k and hopefully you will break that curse this year! I am so bummed on the timing of the Maine weekend–would have loved to do that one with you all, but that’s my Wineglass Marathon day.
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    1. vita88

      NOOOOOOO!!! Oh that stinks. I’m seriously bummed because it would have been great to hang out with you again. Although, I completely understand and have heard great things about Wineglass – very cool.

  11. Jen@milesandblessings

    Yay for a schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have some great races and exciting things to look forward to! 🙂
    I have another 1/2 coming up and then nothing on the calendar until the Richmond full!!!!
    The plan is to put at least 1 maybe 2 fall 1/2 marathons on the calendar. Not much else for the summer, but like you I may sprinkle in a 5k or two :).
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    1. vita88

      The summer is a good time for steady training for those fall races. I’m excited to see what yours hold for you as you are ready to kill it this year!!

  12. Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    Ah….NYC…one day I’d love to run that! If I can’t get in, I’ll have to make up my own marathon one day and just run through it. I’ll be excited to see your progress.
    My plan for this summer….run in Italy when we go there for a little vacation in June, take a couple of surf lessons, and finally join a running group in LA in August that specifically trains for the next LA marathon. I’ve mostly run solo, but I really want to join a group now.
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    1. vita88

      Wow – such exciting plans! I love the idea of running in Italy. When I was in Spain and Portugal the drivers were especially careful of runners. It was amazing! I hope it’s true in Italy as well.
      I would love to try and surf one day, although I do have a healthy fear of the ocean! Still, I would do it if given the opportunity.
      And group runs are fantastic! I hope you find a great group of runners who become friends for your marathon journey!

  13. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    That’s a great schedule! I would love to go to Maine for that race! I am just planning on doing mostly 5K’s and the Ride For Roswell this summer. If I can actually manage to get into some kind of race shape I will attempt another half marathon.
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    1. vita88

      Shorter distances are great for the summer. I know you usually do that ride so I’m sure you’re looking forward to that. As for the half, if you put you’re mind to it and your body cooperates – you can totally do it!!

  14. danielle

    wowowowow i want a lobster medal!!! the portland half looks awesome, i might actually see if my doc says it’s okay to sign up for that – i see her this week, so that would be totally rad if i get a green light. sweet!
    your upcoming races look pretty fabulous, i must say. they look fun, focused, and challenging. now you got me pumped, yeah!
    summer plans for us? i’m starting a new career in real estate and am really excited, i’ve done this before many moons ago but i didn’t give it enough time. now i’m ready and have so much more humility and gratitude and patience than before, and i think those may be the secret ingredients to success. nobody told me, i just figured that out over the years 🙂 aside from rocking real estate, i’m going to love writing in my new blog and allowing my creative juices to flow, hopefully i pick up a paint brush – that’d be fun.
    having a race to train for would be icing on the cake, and i love icing… 🙂 my favorite distance to race is a sprint tri, or a half marathon. i’ve always had FUN at those two distances.
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    1. vita88

      Very cool! I love all your well rounded plans and new career goals. If you get the ok for Maine, let me know so we can meet up!

  15. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Woohoo! I’m really looking forward to the Maine half! And I hope to be out spectating the NYC marathon, too!
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    1. vita88

      YAY!!!!!! I cannot wait!!

  16. Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    So exciting! All those races look so fun, especially the 20K with the beer and bread afterwards. I’m training this summer for the Portland OR Marathon, which is actually the same day as your Portland Maine race. There are so many cool local races in Seattle that I may sign up for some smaller races before then.
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    1. vita88

      It is my dream to someday run/race the northwest! I’ve heard amazing things about the Portland Marathon so I hope you get to run it 🙂

  17. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    Love it. I can just look at your race schedule and pretend that I’m a badass like you 🙂 That’s interesting that the triathlon starts at 6pm. I guess it won’t be dark out? And of course Maine sounds awesome!
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    1. vita88

      Hahahaha – you are to total badass on your own.
      No, it won’t be dark out but the sun will be waning – good for the bike/run not so much for the swim. Brrrr.
      So excited about Maine and hoping you will be there???

      1. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

        Yes ma’am!
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  18. GiGi Eats

    I was going to say, hmmm a night run, interesting! Wear those reflectors!

    As for my summer plans, well I was informed of something VERY AWESOME happening.. And I will reveal all in the upcoming weeks on the blog! 😉
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    1. vita88

      Oh the suspense is killing me!!! I hope it’s something I can attend or watch or be a part of 🙂

      1. GiGi Eats

        OH YOU WILL BE! 🙂
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  19. Tamara

    Holy cow. Portland, Maine seems so awesome! That will be like… peak foliage viewing. And running! And NYC – I got the chills when I read it.
    As for summer plans, Legoland Boston (wanna come?), little road trips, lots of fun, kids in camp!
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    1. vita88

      YES! I had no clue there was a Legoland in Boston? How did I not know this? We seriously need to talk because the boys would love that! Yay!!!

  20. Dana

    I race to the bathroom frequently – that’s my favorite distance. As for summer plans, our two week Italy/Switzerland trip is in one month! Then it’s the start of college applications. Wanna trade?
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    1. vita88

      I kind of want to – I mean Italy/Switzerland? I’m thinking that trip will ease the pain of the college applications!

  21. Lauren

    I’m excited for you to run NYCM! That’ll be an amazing experience. I also love how you have a focus and fun point for each race. I need to start doing that! I’m running the Chicago Marathon again as my big goal race !

    1. vita88

      It’s great to actually write it down because when, inevitably the training gets tough, you can remember why you’re really doing it! I love that you’re running Chicago again. That is on my “someday” list!!! Love that city.

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