Friday Five: 5 Races I Want to Run

I’m excited to link-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run again today! This week’s theme is race day.

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Since I only have two 5K races under my belt, I thought I would take a spin-off the race day theme and highlight 5 race days I’m dying to be at soon.

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    MCM 2014

    Navy Air Force Half Marathon: I am officially registered for this one in September, and it will be my very first half marathon. I had to bow out of the 5-miler last year due to a beginner injury so I can’t wait to return to finish the longer race this time. The added bonus is it’s in my city: DC!

  2. Marine Corps Marathon 10K: A full marathon isn’t the cards for me this year, but the MCM10K is a great opportunity to join the marathon race weekend with a distance with which I’m more comfortable. I biked to the race start to spectate last year and almost fell off my bike in front of an audience of very amused Marines. I also had the chance to see Marines parachute out of the sky, which is just as cool as it sounds.
  3. Savannah, GA
    Savannah, GA

    Savannah Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon: Savannah is a city I grew up visiting all through my childhood, and I returned last year on a road-trip stop to Key West, and it hasn’t lost a bit of its Southern charm. Alex and I were looking for a race to travel to this fall, and it’s location and timing (two months after my first half marathon) made it a perfect choice. I think it will most likely be Alex’s first full marathon too!

  4. Glass City Marathon: This is my hometown marathon in Toledo, Ohio! It’s famously flat and the course swings right by my parent’s home around mile 7. I have full plans on racing it in April 2016 as my first full marathon.
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    Hugging Emily at NYCM 2014

    New York City Marathon: I cheered on one of my very best friends Emily at the NYC last fall (how incredible is she?), and I’d love to race it one day too! I love the city, but I’ve never seen all five boroughs on foot…in one day…running.

Have you raced any of these? Any other suggestions?

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Running on Veggie’s Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

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Ever since I came across Running on Veggies‘s blog, I’ve accumulated a long list of recipes I can’t wait to whip up. While I’m waiting on my bananas to ripen in order to make Lottie’s Blueberry Maca Muffins, I settled on the Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookies. All I needed to add to my pantry was raisins + pecans, and I can’t wait to try them again with a few more or less additives. Perhaps shredded coconut flakes or chocolate chips instead of raisins?

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I topped a few with sliced strawberries!

These cookies are vegan and made from ingredients that are whole and delicious, but still totally satisfy the tastebuds with something sweet. I am notorious for craving sugar after almost every meal, and while I’m not immune to turning to a slice of pie, I love it when I can choose something where I know every ingredient that went into making it. I’d really recommend these cookies! 🙂

What do you love to bake to satisfy a sweet tooth?