When it comes to races, are you a raceplanner? Or a racecrastinator?
When it comes to planning my race schedule, there are 2 seasons: Spring and Fall. In the Chicago area where I live, spring and fall are the best times of the year to run a long distance race. There are plenty of races to choose from. Clearly, everyone agrees with me because many of the local races around here sell out quickly. Back in the day, you could even wait to sign up for the Chicago marathon until the last minute, but now, like many other big races, there is a lottery to get a race bib. This year that lottery was held in November. Talk about advance planning!
|Chicago Marathon 2015|
If you are thinking about a marathon, consider the time of year you will be training. This year, I picked Grandma's Marathon in Duluth Minnesota. The marathon is in June, which means that I will be starting my training now, in March. That was a big consideration for me. Training for an early spring marathon usually means running in some pretty cold conditions. Training for a summer marathon means you will be doing a lot of running in the heat and humidity. Food for thought.
|Summer training for the Chicago Marathon|
Training for a June marathon means training and race conditions should be mostly favorable. June in Duluth is usually delightful for a runner. Except for last year, when there was record heat. Praying to the weather gods as we speak...
With regards to choosing half marathons, there are a lot more options. Personally, I try to maintain a level of running that will allow me to jump into a half marathon at short notice. There are some local half marathons around here that don't sell out. One of my favorites is the Schaumburg Turkey Trot, held in November, which is the final Chicagoland half marathon of the year. Don't ask me why, but I never plan ahead on doing that one. I've done it several times, signing up at the last minute.
|Running is fun!|
This last minute, end of the year half marathon is tops on my list.
|#holottafun weekend in Panama City Beach!|
Or I could find a local race to jump into. I've done that before too. A few years ago, my plans to travel to Florida for the Sarasota Half Marathon fell through. I didn't miss a beat, though, signing up to run the Get Lucky half marathon here in Chicago. It wasn't the same as running in Florida, but I did PR and place 2d in my AG at that race! Must have been the heat training I was doing for Florida....
Many of the more popular destination races, like RnR Las Vegas, which I am planning on running in November this year, sell out fairly quickly. Those are races you will need to put on your calendar pretty early on. The fun part about running these destination races is the opportunity to connect with other runners you've met on social media. Planning a meet up with runners is another reason to pick a race!
This year is somewhat unique for me because I learned last week that I am on the RockNBlog team. The RockNBloggers support the Rock and Roll race series. I hadn't planned my summer or fall races, but now that I am part of RockNBlog, I was able to complete my race calendar, planning on Chicago and LasVegas. I hope to add at least one more of their races on to my schedule for the fall.
I don't usually run half marathons in the summer because of the atrocious Chicago heat and humidity, but I will attempt RnR Chicago this year. What I do like to run in the summer are some of the local 10k races that are held in the towns around where I live. That's a lot of fun! I get to see a lot of friends and neighbors, on the course and along the course. Since these are smaller races, the age group awards are always a nice perk too! And parking is a breeze.
Are you a raceplanner or a racecrastinator? What races are you running this year? How do you pick your races and plan your schedule? If you are looking for a fun destination race, I've got a discount to the Utah Valley Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k on June 10! All the cool kids will be there. Except for me. Go and tell me all about it! Use the code wr15 to save 15% on the race of your choice. Plus if you sign up now, there's a bonus 10-year anniversary jacket. You don't want to miss out! (affiliate link)
I'm linking this post up with Marcia, Erika, and Patti for Tuesdays on the Run! I'm also linking up with Susie, Debbie, Lora, and Rachel for Coaches' Corner and Annemarie, Nicole, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.