Saturday afternoon, they start trickling in; on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog posts...race reports. Though I'm excited for all the finishers, and sometimes excited to get out there myself, I'm sometimes perplexed at how many races some people participate in. It's not easy for me to commit to a race, to plunk hard-earned dollars down for a date in the future that may or may not work for me in terms of family, training, or injury. So how do people do it?
Some people don't have children, so it's easy to see how they have the free time and disposable income to race as often as they like. Some are medal hounds or PR-seekers or are completing a multi-race challenge or something, so I get that as well. What about the rest of us? What calls out to you when choosing a race?
For me, the thought of paying money to run a 5K on streets I can run for free just isn't that interesting; ditto for local trails. I also have 4 children (soccer anyone?) and a wife with training/racing plans of her own. Unless we plan an epic family trip centered around an event (like RV camping for The North Face Endurance Challenge last fall, which was a blast), the race has to be somewhat local, inexpensive, and doable in a morning or so. Not easy if it also has to be unique or interesting enough to make me cough up the dinero.
Not an easy task and for this year....nada. Laima and I are planning a fall marathon, but have not yet committed to one, and I'll be working around her training with the Chicago Area Runners Association for Zooma Chicago this fall (she's an ambassador!!!). I've looked at some local races, but nothing has really caught my eye yet. There's a trail race in Indiana, not far from the family's cottage in Michigan, but it's a bit early for me to race a 10K and I don't want to drive that far for a 5K. A trail half in August beckons, but that's some time off. Our friend is coordinating the Willis Tower stair climb, so that's certainly unique, but 100 stories of stair climbing is a bit daunting. We have the Run for Boston 5K in June, so that's probably where I'll start. Fun and frustrating to plan.
What about you?
How do you choose races?
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