Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about races and how I choose how many and which ones to do.
A lot of people love participating in races so they’ll register for and run as many as possible. Some do the “15 races in 2015” thing or try to race once a month, yet others really only register for races when they have been training for a time goal or have a specific destination or “to-do” race in mind.
Since Jason and I are watching our spending a bit more than we have in the past (since we’re both going back to school), I feel like I’ve become a bit pickier when deciding whether or not to do a race – not to mention now that Jason’s running started running also it’s basically double the entry fee!
In 2014 I did a total of 17 races (I was definitely surprised by how many I did when I just went back and counted!):
- 2 Marathons
- 5 Half Marathons
- 3 10k’s
- 3 5k’s
- 2 “other distance”
- 2 sprint triathlons
Since I’m being a little more selective this year, I don’t see myself doing quite as many races, and I’m still not sure if they’ll be another triathlon in my future.
I’m really trying to look at each race and determine what it’s “purpose” is instead of just registering for races to do a race. As far as I’m concerned a purpose can be anything from “PR attempt” to “bucket list destination race”, but really my goal is to not just random races “just because”.
So far this year here’s what I’m registered for:
- May 24th, Johnny Kelley Half Marathon – the goal of this race is a PR attempt for Jason, he’s only done 1 half and it was at Disney, so we figure without character stops he can shave a decent amount of time off.
- October 25th, Marine Corps Marathon – I’ll admit I don’t really have a great reason or purpose for doing this race. It’s not a new one for me, I just really loved it and can’t wait to do it again!
- November 7th, Wine & Dine Half Marathon – I consider this race my anniversary since it was the first race I ever ran 4 years ago and this year for the first time Jason will be able to join me! I can’t wait to share one of my favorite races (plus the Food & Wine Festival!) with him!
Other than these, I’ll be looking for some smaller local races to run specifically for PR attempts (5k, 10k & half) and I’m thinking about running a second marathon this fall for time (I’d rather not use Marine Corps since it can get a little crowded and for me that race is really more about the experience).
Overall I’d expect to end up doing no more than 10 races this year maybe? I guess I’ll have to take a look back at the end of the year and see how that goes!