My race schedule has changed quite a bit for this year already. Part of this is my own doing and part is due to advice from those who know better than I (Learning to trust others, I know that my own judgement is not always the best). I'm going to take a few races out, but that will allow me to really pour my heart into the ones that stay.
Here we go....
11th- BCCR Pink Ribbon Run 5k
25th-Buffalo Half Marathon
1st- Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon (tentative...if I blow up at Buffalo...haha, half kidding)
15th- MedVed ALS 5k
[This month needs some work, still figuring out what I want]
20th- Jungle Jog 5k (tentative) [Danielle, are you still coming up for this?]
27th- Women Run the Roc 5k (tentative)
9th- Bergen Road Race/USATF Niagara 5k Champs
31st- Oak Tree Half Marathon OR 18.12 Challenge (Undecided on which)
Everything after Rochester is up in the air. My focus needs to stay on ROC 26.2, everything else after that can wait to be decided on. BUT, here are some potentials.
19th-Empire State Half Marathon (tentative)
25th-Pumpkins in the Park Costume 5k [because I always do this! This year will be # 6!]
22nd- Pittsford Turkey Classic 5 Mile [This will be my 5th year doing it]
6th- St. Jude Memphis Marathon or Half (tentative)
20th- Reindeer Run 5k
Okay, so some of that is probably REALLY surprising. Particularly Musselman. I loved it last year, no doubt about it. At this point there are far more reasons for me NOT to race is this year than there were to do it. The biggest being: To properly train for the time I wanted for it, it would require me to sacrifice some of my training for Rochester which is not something I am willing to compromise on.
I love racing, I will say again and again that it is my happy place. I thrive off of that adrenaline, but I am not always the smartest with my planning and execution. "Well I want to run this race while training for something else... so I'll just run it slower." You know... like that time I said I'd run Lake effect half but at marathon pace since I was training for Boston...and went on to PR? Yeah. THAT.
If I could I would run ALL of the races in the world, but I can't do that and be as successful as I want to be. So I'm learning to say no to races and things that could compromise the bigger goals. Let's file that under self-improvement. It's actually a good concept in life as well, let go of things that no longer suit you or things that do not contribute to your present and future happiness.
Do you have trouble saying no to races?
Anyone else made some big changes to the calendar this year?