When deciding on my race calendar, the decision of new vs. old races is a factor in my choices. I love the familiarity of the races I try to run annually, but I also love the allure of something different. How do you choose?
The Pros of Old Races
In many ways, I’m a creature of habit. I find comfort in the familiar and the things I know.
When I find a race I love, especially one that is local and of a manageable distance (5K or 10K), I am very likely to stick with it, year in and year out. The course is routine. I know the vibe and the quality of experience. Having been there before, I can compete with my past performances and judge the level of my fitness (or lack thereof). Silly as it may be, I love a good streak.
The Cons of Old Races
With all that, there are some downfalls to running the same race on repeat. Once you get used to a certain level of experience, it can be a huge disappointment if the quality slips in any way. Changes, even for good reasons, feel a little more dramatic. When you get used to things a certain way, it is hard to accept modifications.
Additionally, it can get boring to adhere to the same schedule year after year. Sometimes, mixing it up keeps things fresh.
The Pros of New Races
Trying something new is always fun. New events mix things up and keep you on your toes. It’s exciting to try a different course, maybe even in a different city, and see how other places run their events. New races mean new swag, new challenges, and new vibes. All that can lead to more adrenaline and have a positive effect on your race.
This year, I am thinking of running the Wine and Chocolate Run for the first time. It’s never been convenient, and I hate the idea of a night race, but… wine and chocolate, am I right?
The Cons of New Races
New things are unfamiliar, and for some, unfamiliar can be scary. When you register for a new race, you don’t know exactly what to expect. Most likely, you won’t see faces you know at the start line, and the whole vibe will be different. While not dealbreakers, these cons can add a little extra stress to race morning, and cloud the overall experience.
Do you prefer old races or new ones?
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