Last month I shared my debate about what big race, if any, that I should register to run this fall. Thanks to the many of you who offered words of encouragement and support. I cannot fully express just how grateful I am to those of you who offered suggestions about what I should do. I greatly appreciate the support!
Since that post six weeks ago, I’ve done some serious thinking about what I want to do about my big fall race. At this point, the best decision for me is to make the Army Ten Miler my big fall race. I don’t think there is any shame is making a ten miler a major race for the season – a half marathon would only be 3.1 miles more. While many of you showed great support for the Richmond half, it still isn’t calling out to me and I don’t want to register for a race just for the sake of having a race on my calendar. There are other 5ks and 10ks that I’ll also be running this fall, so it isn’t like I won’t be racing at all. And I have my eyes on a couple of early spring half marathons that are calling out to me much more than Richmond or any other fall half marathon is.
Do I see this decision as a cop out? Absolutely not! With everything we have going on with our new house, including all of the major expenses that go with that, and knowing that I’ll have another busy school year ahead of me teaching an AP course again, I feel that this is the best decision for me. And because I’m very excited about running the Army Ten Miler, I want to focus on fully training for it instead of treating it as a training run for a half marathon a month later.
QOTD: What factors affect your decision making about what races to register for?