tuesdays on the run: spring race plans

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

This Tuesday, we are talking about….

:cracks knuckles:

I am REALLY excited for this Spring. It’s always crazy race season, and I feel like I missed out on so much last year because of my injury. But I’m back and raring to go!


Best Damn Race Orlando – 10K – 5K Challenge – March 4

First up? A total of 9.3 miles in downtown Orlando. I’m not entirely sure how two races back-to-back like this came to be, but I do know it’s going to be an incredibly blingy day.


I missed out on BDR Orlando last year due to my hip flexor, so I am really happy to give it another go.

Gate River Run 15K – March 11

Ah, the Gate River Run – largest 15K in the United States, with a field of over 24,000. This is the race for which my region is known, and while it is incredibly difficult with a bridge in the first mile and an even bigger bridge at the last, it’s one I love.

Vilano Bridge 5K – March 18

I’m not 100% on this one. It’s close to home, and, pre-injury I used to run this bridge all the time. So it would only make sense to actually race it. It would also be a nice way to come down from the Gate River Run the week prior. I haven’t registered yet, and it may end up being a game time decision, but it would be fun. And if I’m doing a training run anyway…. Well, you see how these things happen.

Ready. Set. Glow 5K – March 31

This one is for the schools. I’m not really a huge fan of night runs, but it’s for a great local cause, and doing it with the family will be a really nice experience.




Publix Savannah Women’s Half – April 8

I have a score to settle with this race. Last year, I had to drop myself from the half marathon to the 5K due to injury, but this year? Nope! I’m taking on the full 13.1, and I’m going to own every single mile!

This race is truly a bucket list event. Historic Savannah is the backdrop for a small and intimate race with a finish line right near the famous fountain in Forsyth Park. In addition to some beautiful bling, participants will receive this gorgeous, expandable bangle.


(Remember – you can save $10 on your registration with code “PUGS”)

The Ultimate Tri – April 23

I said I would do it. And this might be the one.


It’s a triathlon with a pool swim instead of an open water one. The big downfall is that I would have to get back in the water before things start really warming up, but that’s not the end of the world. Everything is lining up to make this “the one”. So I think I need to rise up and face the challenge.


The Corporate Run 5K – May 4

This is a work-related 5K, but it’s fun all the same. Since my colleagues are spread out through the region, this is a great way to have everyone together for some chatting and some running.

Memorial Day 5K – May 29

The fifth anniversary of my first 5K? You know I have to do it.

This is just a familiar, comfortable race, and I don’t think my spring would feel right without it.


An ambitious season? Yes, I think so. Spring always seems to be the busiest for me, but I just can’t turn down some of these great events. There are a few races in there just as training runs – if I’m going to be out there anyway, I might as well get a fun shirt and be surrounded by a great community.

How is your spring looking?

Do you have any bucket list races on your calendar?

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7 Responses to tuesdays on the run: spring race plans

  1. You’ve got some great spring races lined up! I’m going to do a March 18th 10 miler here before I head to Florida. Then a half in Wisconsin in May, and my marathon in June. No plans after that.
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  2. Darlene says:

    I wish I lived in Florida. You’ve got some cool races.

    I am running the Treasure Coast Half in Stuart on March 5.

    I have another on April 30 in NYC and one in Mass on May 21.
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  3. You have a full schedule coming up! They all sound fun, and I’m jealous of all the bling! Most of the 5K’s around here don’t give medals. I’d be much more motivated to attend if they did.
    I really want to get back to running some 5K’s… Maybe no half marathons, at least for awhile. But I want to get back out there.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Well, you know the best way to do it…. just sign up and go!

      I feel like more races are offering medals for shorter distances here. There is a huge difference in the number of registrations when there is bling, so it helps the races with their numbers.

  4. Angie says:

    I didn’t know there was a Tri that was a pool instead of open water. I may have to look into that next year. I keep flirting with the idea of competing in a triathlon.

    I am bummed I am not running Gate this year, but I am sitting out so my husband can run. I will be there cheering for everyone! I will look for you. I hope to be at the bottom of the bridge somewhere.
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