Last Update: March 09, 2017, added two marathons
2017 will be a year full of challenges. Besides marathons and half marathons, I will also do an Ironman 70.3 (half the distance of an Ironman), start learning Arabic and maybe do a metric century bike ride.
I also plan to do the 9+1 with NYRR* to earn an entry into the 2018 NYC Marathon (which will be on my 28th birthday as well). I get bored easily, thus the biggest challenge for me in the NYRR races is to do loops in Central Park. I can’t loop anything more than once; in the second loop I slow down, lose motivation, and want to drop out. So I will mainly do the 4mile and 5K races that don’t require me to loop.
Walt Disney World Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (1/7/2017 – 1/8/2017)
Due to weather condition, the half was canceled, so I only ran the full marathon. I was of course disappointed, because I took days off and traveled all the way to Orlando for 39.3 miles. But I was happy at the same time because at least I still ran the full marathon.
It was miserable to be standing in the freezing wind in shorts and tank top (under a trash bag) for 2 hours before the race. My fingers were numb even after crossing the finish line. After I finish, I didn’t wait to engrave the medal; I was so traumatized by the cold that I went straight back to the hotel and hid under the blanket sipping turmeric tea for a full hour before coming out to get food. I also had a fever for a few days after the race from the freezing wind.
Does it worth it? Yeah, of course, everyone needs to do a Disney Marathon in their lifetime.
Prospect Park Cherry Tree 10 Mile (2/19/2017)
Running three loops of anything is more of a mental than a physical challenge. It was unusually warm that day. I enjoyed running in Prospect Park, though this is probably my only time running this race. I simply can’t loop things.
Rock’n’Roll Mexico City Half Marathon (3/19/2017)
Caesar Rodney Half Marathon (3/26/2017)
It’s a half marathon in Wilmington, DE. This race benefits the American Lung Association, and Wilmington is less than three hours away, so I’m in! I drove through Wilmington a dozen times and finally stopped here to check out the town.
Five Borough Bike Tour (5/7/2017)
Airbnb Brooklyn Half (5/20/2017)
IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman (6/11/2017)
Changchun Jingyuetan Forest Half Marathon (6/18/2017)
This will be the most challenging race I ever run. Back in 2015 this guy did a mountain biking race on the same course, and here’s the map. The course has a total 750 meter elevation gain, which is roughly 2460 ft., similar to that of North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain. I almost never run trail, and it’s absolutely crazy to run this after an Ironman 70.3 and more than 13 hours on a plane. But it’s in my hometown, and I simply cannot pass it.
Maratón Ciudad de México (8/27/2017)
This past August I visited CDMX for the first time and cheered the “I” edition of this Marathon, and became friends with some Mexican marathoners. In 2017 we’ll run the “C” edition together.
Amish Country Classic Bike Ride (9/9/2017, Tentative)
Mohawk Hudson River Marathon (10/8/2017)
I went to college in Upstate New York. This marathon is my homecoming.
Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (11/12/2017)
I want to do a marathon in November because it’s my birthday month.
*NYRR 9+1 Races:
Gridiron 4M, Al Gordon 4M, Fibrosis Run to Breath 4M, NYRR 10K, Run As One 4M, Japan Run 4M, Airbnb Brooklyn Half, NYRR 5M.