If you’re like me, then you can often be found making changes to your race calendar, adding more possible races then you could ever possibly register for. In a perfect world, money and time would be endless, and your body would be up for the challenge of running every single race that you want to. But the reality is that money and time aren’t endless and most of us have bodies that need to rest after major races.
So what factors do I contemplate before choosing which races to register for?
1. Distance of the Race
I try to run a variety of race distances each year – everything from 5k to a half marathon. Some weekends, especially in the fall, I’ve had back to back race weekends, but those back to back weekends usually include shorter race distances. I have yet to run half marathons on back to back weekends, as my body is not up for that challenge yet. Maybe it will be someday?
Is the race local, or is it located someplace that Preston and I already enjoy going to, or is it in a location that we want to travel to? Of course when travel is involved, travel time and the additional cost is certainly a factor as well. And I bet you can’t guess what our favorite destination for racecations is…
How much a race costs, and whether or not the registration cost is worth it, will be of a different value depending upon a variety of other factors. Of course, if travel is required for a race, then the cost of race registration will play a major role in the decision making process.
The time of the year of the race, where the race is located, and determining whether or not you’re up for running a race under certain weather conditions is another major factor. Unlike many other people, I personally don’t mind running races during the height of summer when its hot and humid. But if its freezing, snowing, or raining, forget it, I don’t want anything to do with that race.
I’ll admit it, I love receiving an awesome race medal after crossing the finish line of a race, especially one that I put a lot of time and effort into training for.
In the end, you have to choose the race that is right for you. Jumping to register for a race just because all of your friends (whether in person or virtual) are running it could set you up for a disaster. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun to meet up with friends at races, but you ultimately have to make the right race decision for you.
Some of the races I’m looking most forward to running this year are Rock ‘n’ Roll races. I’ll definitely be running Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend, and am working on finalizing the other Rock ‘n’ Roll races that I’ll be running this year. If you’re interested in running any of the Rock ‘n’ Roll half or full marathons in 2015, be sure to use discount code DANCINGTORUNNING to save $15 on any of the races in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Las Vegas).
QOTD: What is the most important factor that you consider when choosing a race to register for?