As a runner, I love to race. I don’t think I’m alone in that. I love the dangling carrot that races represent to help me stay consistent with training. I love the crowd support. I love the bling. And I love the feeling of accomplishment.
HOWEVER, as I’ve said several times this year, my schedule is bananas and pretty up in the air. I’m reluctant to shell out registration fees only to realize that I’ve got a wedding that day, or that I’ll be too exhausted from rehearsals, or that’s literally the only weekend all summer that both Ben and I are home and don’t have plans. Case in point: I was registered for four races in May, but only ran two. I’ve been very, very careful this year not to run out and register for a bunch of races.
Still, though, I can’t help but miss it. I haven’t run a PR in any distance in over a year. I haven’t run a 10k race in two years. I miss racing!
This week, I’ve been casually perusing upcoming races, and have actually identified a few that I think would work with my summer plans. I’m aiming for a couple of 10 k’s and maybe even a half. BUT–I’m not going to register for anything yet. While registering early might save me $10 or so per race, NOT registering until I’m sure I actually can and will run the race is definitely the better option for me right now. It will still give me something to train for, but if at the last minute something comes up, I can bail and know that I didn’t pay $50 or more for nothing.
The first of these upcoming potential races is the Stowe 8 Miler on July 9. Since I live in Underhill and the Notch is now open, getting to Stowe is relatively quick and painless. Also, I have rehearsal in Stowe on Sundays, so being there for the morning wouldn’t make my afternoon schedule difficult. Other pros for this race include:
- Free beer at the finish
- New-to-me race distance = automatic PR
- Tech shirt with registration
So theoretically, for the next few weeks I’m training for the Stowe 8 Miler. I even *gasp* made a training plan. Whether or not I actually run the race is dependent on a few factors, not the least of which is whether or not I actually stick to my budget this month and can afford to pay for registration. And of course, whether or not I’m actually consistent in my training. I’m not going to pay $50 to suffer through 8 miles of rolling hills.
Do you ever register last-minute for races?