My Final Decision About What My Big Fall Race Will Be

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?

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17 Responses to My Final Decision About What My Big Fall Race Will Be

  1. Awesome decision! I’ve heard that the Army 10 miler is a great race! 🙂
    Karen @ karenlovestorun

  2. I think it’s probably the best decision for right now. For me, I need an interesting race course. Obviously Disney is a great choice! Also, flat courses because I am just not good with hills.

  3. If it’s the one you feel the best about then it is absolutely the best decision! I think it sounds like a fun race!!!

  4. Great decision! I normally don’t go looking for races to register for the sake of having a race (usually). However I did try to find some last spring/summer just to prepare me for some of the bigger races i’d signed up for!

    Location is the key factor for me! Is it some place I want to travel too?

    Good luck I think that will be a perfect race for the fall!

  5. Pam says:

    Great decision Kathryn. A 10 mile race canisters definitely be your big fall race. I am getting ready to defer Marine Corps Marathon. With both the Dublin Half in August and the Tower of Terror in early October, I just don’t see how the training works out. There’s always time for another race another year!

  6. nevie b. says:

    While I hope you do run the Richmond Half one day, because I am personally biased that it is the best marathon town EVARRR, I wholly support focusing on a 10-miler as your big fall race. Especially one as epic as ATM. Kick ass.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Great decision Kathryn! Running a race when it doesn’t call out to you won’t be as fun. It would end up feeling like work! I am sure you will pick a great spring half – so many more to choose from 🙂

  8. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I think the Army 10 Miler is a great choice! I’ll see you there!

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