Training through winter isn’t always the easiest. It’s cold, it’s snowing, it’s icy, it’s windy, I hate the treadmill, and so on.
However, one of the best ways to motivate myself to keep training through the winter is to sign-up for races. I know I want to do well, and I know I need to train to do so, so it usually gets my butt out the door.
Locally, we have a ton of great races, but here are five — from a 5K to a marathon — in the first half of 2015 that should motivate you to sign-up , fork over some cash and get yourself trained and to the starting line.
Chambersburg Half Marathon, Chambersburg, March 7
This is one of the few local-ish half marathons in the spring. Unfortunately, I am out of town that weekend, otherwise, I would be signing up for a few hours of hilly fun. Be warned, I have heard from multiple people that this is a challenging half. However, it’s perfect if you are running a later spring marathon. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or something.
The Capital Area 10-Miler, Harrisburg, March 29
Now in its fifth year, the only local 10-mile race benefits local art community. The course, which begins on City Island, takes runners through Shipoke, along the Susquehanna River, including parts of the Greenbelt, and even includes a quick trip over the Harvey Taylor Bridge (my favorite bridge to run over for whatever reason). Last year, we ran in freezing temperatures, with pouring rain and hail. It was quite the experience, and I can only hope for significantly better weather this year. If you sign up before March 8, it will only cost you $35.
Hershey 10K, Hershey, April 11
For whatever reason, 10Ks are sparse locally, and this one fills up quickly. The course takes runners on Hersheypark Drive through Hershey Park. If you are looking to take a step up from 5Ks, this 6.2 miler is the perfect opportunity.
Jersey Mike 5K, Harrisburg, April 18
This is the most fun you will have after a 5K, that is for sure. It’s the perfect 5K for a novice or a seasoned runner because it’s extremely laid back, and also a blast. Stick around for the after-party. It is not to be missed. And what’s better than spending the morning running and the afternoon sipping brews with some newfound running friends? I can’t think of much.
York Marathon, York, May 17
Formerly known as the Bob Potts Marathon, which was extremely popular with local runners, the York Marathon will begin on city streets before taking runners on the Rail to Trail. Limited to only 600 runners, better to sign up sooner rather than later! Registration opens February 1, and is only $60 until the end of the month. I am super disappointed I won’t be here for it, but maybe next year!
What are you running this spring?