Hello divas! I hope that you have had a great week so far. My day yesterday was a bit random with an unexpected day off of work due to the storms moving though (which thankfully were not that bad).
One really fun thing that happened while I was off of work yesterday was that I received my email that I have been named to the Rock n’ Blog team for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon racing series for 2017. I am so super thrilled to be back for another year of fun travels and races (especially since I am now running again after my injury).
What all of this means is that I am now busy planning my race schedule for the rest of the year. Which leads me to today’s post. I get questions all the time about how I decide what race I want to run. So today I am sharing some running tips for things to consider when you want to choose your next race.
The most important thing you need to decide is what distance are you going to run. Are you a beginner and want a super fun 5K? Do you want to do a fast 5K or 10K that you can PR? Are you training for a distance race like a half marathon or full marathon? Everything else comes after you decide how far you want to run.
It’s all about the location. You will need to decide where you want to run. Do you want to make it a racecation and go somewhere you always wanted to visit (see my racecation tips)? Or do you want to save the travel money and stay close to home? Do you want a flat course or are you okay with hills? Do you prefer the road races or do you want to take it off-road and hit a trail? Do you want a race with a view? These are all things to keep in mind when deciding where to go.
3. Time Limit
This may or may not be an issue for you. I am a slow runner – especially at the half marathon distance (see the benefits of the run-walk method of running). I am working towards a 3 hour half but have not made it there yet. And coming back from an injury makes it a little trickier when it comes to finishing in time.
So for me, time limit is very important. If it is a fast race with a 3 hour time limit, I am not signing up. You will want to consider how fast you run and if you plan to walk any of the race to decide if a particular race is right for you.
The size of the race is another consideration. Do you like running with 20,000 of your closest friends or do you prefer a more intimate 2,000? With size, you will also want to consider course support.
Smaller races don’t typically have as many people cheering along the course. There may or may not be medical personnel at every water stop or there may not be as many water/food stops along a smaller race course. But a smaller race also means you probably won’t have to worry about getting stuck behind slower runners or walkers. It all a matter of what you are looking for in a race.
Personally, I love the atmosphere I get when I am at one of my bigger Rock n’ Roll races so I opt for the larger events. And I know I am never alone on the course because there is always someone who is running or walking at about my pace.
5. The Bling
This is another consideration that may not be important to you. For me, however, I love the bling. I get such a sense of accomplishment after I finish a half marathon and the bling is just a reminder that I can do anything I put my mind to. But let’s face it. Some bling is better than others.
So if you like this kind of reminder for your races, you may want to check out what the medal looks like.