When you choose the perfect race, everything just clicks. There are races that are important to our journeys as runners, and then there are those that just fill us with happiness and energy. Today, we’re going to talk about how to pick those.
Pick A Race That Excites You
The first step in finding the perfect race is being excited by what you’re getting into. Maybe it’s a fabulous theme, a great medal, or a cool location. The perfect race should elicit enthusiasm and keep you motivated, even on the hardest days of training.
Pick A Race With A Distance You Can Achieve
Even if it presents a physical or mental challenge, choose a race with a distance you can achieve. For example, if you’ve never trained for or run a marathon, it’s probably not a wise choice to sign up for one at the end of the month. However, if you’re consistently running ten mile long runs, then a half marathon in a few weeks isn’t out of reach.
Pick A Race With A Fair Price Point
Only you can decide what that fair price point might be, and it doesn’t always mean the least expensive. Maybe a race is pricey, but the profits go to your favorite charity. Or maybe the race provides really incredible swag and amenities for the money. Another great option is a race that’s incredibly inexpensive, which doesn’t offer a medal or other swag, but a fast, timed course over which you can fly. For example, the Spud Run offered cabbages and potatoes to every runner. It was well worth the price of registration.
Pick A Race With Great Course Support
Some of my best races are those with incredible course support. Sure there are water spots, and those are expected, but love the races that also offer electrolytes and gels. On longer courses, I look for aid stations with salt packets, biofreeze, and similar perks. My favorite races also have unofficial course support, with spectators offering things like popsicles, pickles, and orange slices. And maybe beer.
Pick A Race That Offers A Great Experience
While your mileage may vary, keep an eye out for the experience that makes you happy. One of my most perfect races was the Daytona Speedway Half Marathon. It wasn’t my fastest or easiest, but wrapping up 13.1 miles on the actual Daytona Speedway was truly a memorable experience.
How do you choose your perfect race?
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