Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Choosing Which Races to Run

I currently find myself in a bit of a conundrum.

I love running races, so this year I had a goal to run more races than I ran last year. Mission accomplished! And the year isn't even over, yet. I still have the Turkey Day 8k on Thanksgiving and then the Rudolph Ramble 8k in December.

The problem? I'm running so many races that it is starting to feel like a bit of a chore. It just isn't special anymore, and some of the races are starting to run together in my memory.

I'm very happy with my progress this year, having tackled new distances (10k, 15k 10 miles, and half marathon) and repeatedly improving my 5k finish time. But now I'm trying to decide what to do next year. Should I keep it up? Running any race that strikes my fancy? Or should I be more selective and limit the number of races I run? Am I going to just keep running the exact same races year after year, and, if so, is that really a bad thing?

And then I think about the financial side of things. Races cost money. Why did I spend so much money this year to run races when I can run for free any day I want to?

I'm currently being inundated with emails about how registration is now open for this race or that race, but I just can't decide which ones I should run, if any. I'm worried that I'll find myself in the same malaise of running too many races OR I'll be kicking myself for missing out on what looked like a really great race.

So I'm putting the question out there for anyone to answer. How do you choose which races to run?

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