This week’s topic is How Do You Choose Your Races?
I do run a lot of races but I do choose them carefully. In fact, this blog is really helpful because I can read a review of a past race in order to decide if I want to run it again. However, I do enjoy run new races each year, too.
So these are the things that influence my choice of race:
- Who else is running it.
Yes, I succumb to peer pressure. It’s more fun to run a race when you know someone else who is running it.
If there’s a 10k or a 15k around, I’ll run it because there aren’t that many. Most races around here are 5ks. Sometimes I choose a 5k because I want to work on speed. Sometimes I just want to have a short one so I can add on miles for a long training run.
- The Course
I love a scenic course (especially with a water view). I don’t really like hills (but I do run them) I hate loops.
- The Location
I like to stick to a 30 minute drive. In the summer, when there are so many choices, I often choose races that are north on the way to our boat.
- Free Stuff like Swag, Awards or Post-Race Food
Who doesn’t like free stuff or bling? And I am always hungry after a race.
Happy Running! How do you choose your races?