Unlike the past couple of years, 2016 will be unique for multiple reasons. Not only will my postpartum recovery shape much of my fitness decision making during the first part of the year, but my priorities when it comes to my running, specifically racing, have also shifted. In past years, I sought to complete 14 races in 2014 and 15 races in 2015. I will not, however, be going after 16 races this year.
Instead, I want to focus on being pickier in the races that I choose to run this year. I will be prioritizing quality over quantity when it comes to my 2016 races. With priorities having shifted at home now that my little man is here, I don’t want my focus over numerous weekends during the spring, summer, and fall to be on running races. However, because I use training for races as motivation to keep up with my fitness, I still want to train for and run races.
I currently only have one race on my race calendar – Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November, which Preston and I decided to defer from 2015 after finding out that we were pregnant. I will also be running ZOOMA Annapolis in June, and though I intend to run the half marathon I may switch my plans to running the 10k depending on how my running is going once I’m cleared by my OB to start running again. (And speaking of ZOOMA, you can save 10 percent on any ZOOMA Annapolis, Cape Cod or Florida race by using discount code KATHRYN16.)
Those are the only two races that are currently on my calendar. Sure, there are plenty of other races that I’d like to consider adding to my race calendar, but there’s a number of variables that will affect the races that I choose to run this year, including how my return to running goes, as well as how balancing training with raising little man goes. Its something that I’ll just have to play by ear, and I’m sure in the coming months that I’ll have a better idea of how to balance the two as well as a better idea of how many other races I might be able to register for this year.
QOTD: What races are you planning to run this year?