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I have already run 40 half marathons (and 41st next Sunday)!! Crazy, huh?
So my topic today is: How Do You Pick Your Half Marathon?
1.For the BQ or PR Opportunity
Not that any 13.1 miles is easy but you deliberate;y pick a flat course or a downhill course.
Nothing wrong with wanting a good finish time (if that what matters and it does to many runners.)
2.For the Challenge.
This may be the reverse of #1 but you pick a race because of the elevations, the hills or you choose a trail or an Ultra race because you’ve never done one before.
3.Because Your Friends Are Running It.
Racing is always more fun when you do it with friends. There is also FOMO. So you sign up for a race only because others are running the same one.
4.Because Of Its Location.
You run a race only because of its location. 50 Staters, this is you. (Seems nuts to me but many runners do want to run in all 50 states!?)
Or you choose a race because you live nearby, you are vacationing there already or you are there for work or a conference.
5.For Its Scenic Views.
The difficulty of course does not matter at all. You run this race because of the mountain views or because you will be running along the ocean or over a famous bridge.
- Cost – Everyone loves a bargain.
- Bling – Who doesn’t love a cool medal?
- Swag – Hoodie instead of a shirt…yes!
- Food – Ice cream post-race…I’m there!
I’ve mostly picked my 40 half marathons because of reasons #3 (I rarely race alone) and #4 (most of them are local or where I know someone living nearby.)
Happy Running! How do you pick your big races? Please share.