- The date has to work for our family calendar. That comes first, especially given the volume of races I want to do.The one exception to this is Hood to Coast, as obviously, that's a fixed date & I'm running with a team.
- I want something super local, to cut down on travel time/time away from the family/general inconvenience. I love running a race in the morning & still being able to hang with my crew in the afternoon.
- Most of the races need to be cheap. Hood to Coast surely isn't cheap, & I have a budget ($1200) I need to stick to this year. That means no bailing last minute on races, & smaller races.
- I prefer smaller races anyway - they just feel more fun, & I hate the hassle of looking for parking, etc.
Here's my tentative lineup for the year:
- January - ran a 5 mile train race. It cost $15 & was about 10 minutes from my house. Win/win!
- March 9th - Lake Sammamish Half Marathon (already registered)
- April 7th - Mud & Chocolate Half Marathon (trail race, in Redmond). Not registered, & this will depend on Michael's travel schedule. We may be at the beach instead.
- May12th - Mother's Day Half in Kirkland
- August 23rd & 24th - Hood to Coast!
- September - work charity 5K. Date TBD.
- December - Jingle Bell 12K - Kirkland. Date TBD.
And, I'm happy to report that I got up at 5:00 am TWICE this week to run. I'm on track for my planned workouts, & have my last long run on Saturday (12 miler) before my March 9th half run. My goal for that race is to get a PR. . . so below 2:23. I should have a good feel for whether that is possible after my run on Saturday. Fingers crossed!
I couldn't resist sharing this picture of (one of) my Valentines! This was Nick in Hawaii in November. Michael is still digging out our pictures from that fabulous trip. This boy is so cheesy, & I adore everything about the picture. The smile, the glasses, the tank top (his choice for a Hawaii souvenir), the pose, all of it!
What about you? What's on your race calendar for the year? How do you choose races?