The theme of my racing schedule for 2017 seems to have been “I might run that race. But probably not.” I was supposed to run 4 races in May, but due to circumstances largely outside of my control, I only ran 2. Since then, I’ve identified 2 races that I was planning to run, and then didn’t, either from lack of training or lack of funds.
And now, I’ve done it again. I will NOT be running the Charlotte Covered Bridges Half on Saturday. There are several contributing factors:
- The $55 registration fee just feels like too much to spend
- My recent foot niggles have caused me to miss several long runs, and I don’t feel prepared
- We are planning to see a show in Stowe on Friday night, and I know I won’t get enough sleep
I’m sure I could probably push through on the “under-trained” thing, but my whole intention in running a half this fall was to run it for time. And if I’m under-trained and unprepared, well, what’s really the point of paying for a race?
I’ve identified one more race for the fall that might work for me–The Leaf Peepers Half in Waterbury on October 1. It looks good because the registration fee is only $35, it’s relatively close, and it’s supposedly a really nice, scenic route. I’m going to continue running as though I will be racing a half on October 1, and if it happens, great. If it doesn’t, no sweat. There will be other halves at another point in my life where I’m ready to really commit to training.
Do you have any goal races on the calendar for fall?