Over the past two weeks I’ve been in a huge debate with myself. When I first started planning out my 2014 race calendar, I knew that my fall races would be up in the air until I knew whether or not I’d be able to get into the Army Ten Miler. If I weren’t able to get into the ten miler, then I was thinking about registering for an October half marathon, and if I did get in, then I was thinking I’d delay running a fall half marathon until November.
Now that I know I’ll be running the Army Ten Miler on October 12th, I know that its completely unrealistic, and asking for injury, if I register for an October half marathon. So my focus has turned to November. The only two half marathons that have caught my attention within a reasonable driving distance of the DC area in November are the Richmond Half Marathon on November 15th, or the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 23rd. Neither race is really calling to me though, which is making my debate that much more drawn out.
The thought of flying to Las Vegas for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on November 16th did cross my mind, but with Preston and I being in the midst of buying a house, we aren’t in a position to commit to a racecation this fall. Although it looks like a fun race, Vegas just isn’t looking like a realistic option for 2014.
The other day I also thought about the idea of not registering for a fall half marathon at all. Instead of treating the Army Ten Miler as a training run as part of training for a half marathon the following month, I could instead treat the ten miler as my big fall race.
Oh the choices! There’s so many options to choose from, and I’m not sure what my final answer should be. I know that part of the problem is that there’s been so much going on lately, especially with it being the end of the school year and working on all that goes into buying a house (does the paperwork ever end?!?), but I also know that I need to make a decision about the fall, especially since each month registration prices increase.
QOTD: Have you ever had a similar debate with yourself when trying to decide which race(s) to register for?