For me, races are a means to a number of ends:
- They give me a goal to train for
- They give me something to talk about
- They supply an ever increasing collection of free Tshirts with sponsors on the back - which make me feel a bit like I am in NASCAR
- They let me spit, blow my nose rocket style, and scratch myself with relatively little repercussions
So, I'm on a hunt. The first step is deciding what length to go with. I'm not sure if I can do another marathon this year or not. I really would like to, but it would be difficult to fit it into my schedule. Besides, I'm going to run the RnR Phoenix Marathon around new years, so I'd like to be well rested for that and hopefully run another PR.
So, that honestly leaves 5k and 10k races. (Haven't fell in love with half marathons yet) Luckily, the AZ Road Racers seem to have a race about every weekend. In fact, Pat told me that you can sign up for 5 of them for only $25. That may be too good to pass up. That would possibly add a 5k in June and two in July.
I recently found out about a 5K in my hometown of 1800 people (the town, not the race!!). Now THIS race would be a riot to run. If that isn't age group winning material I don't know what is! Unfortunately, since I will be living in Arizona by that time, it would be hard to get to since I will have to catch a flight!
So, I'm a little torn. I'll likely put some serious thought into it while driving across the country this weekend. But right now AZ racers Run for Vaina on June 7th and AZ Road Racers #4 on July 18th are the leading contenders.
How does everyone else choose races to run? I'm in a bit of a scheduling slump!