Last year I ran my first 10K and that broke the seal for long distance running, that was the Hershey 10K. It was a great race, and it made me feel very accomplished! I had planned to run the Hershey 10K again this year, I really enjoyed the experience! But there were a few scheduling conflicts that came up. The Hershey 10K is scheduled for April 2, 2016.
Because we are committed to do the Gettysburg Marathon, it came to mind that a longer race would be better for my training, so I thought about checking out the Capital Area 10 Miler. I saw signs for this race all over Harrisburg last year, but it seems impossible at the time. This year, I knew it was a race I definitely wanted to do, and was sad to find out that it's scheduled for the same date as the Hershey 10K.
Also last year, I had seen advertisements for the Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K, and again, last year this race seemed impossible, and I was excited to look it up this year. And was very sad to find out that it was schedule for April 2nd, 2016.
Now, I had to review a list on pros and cons for each race.
The race is a lot of fun
It's within 30 minute distance from home
It starts early, so it's over early
My first long distance race
Small Local Race
Good route, with hills and flats
Very short distance- will need to make up miles later that day
I didn't like the shirt last year
I didn't like the post race snacks
Capital Area 10 Miler
15 minute drive from home
It starts at 9:30
I have done the route before, on my own. Mostly Flat
Small local race
I have done the route before, on my own. Mostly Flat (Do I want to pay to run the route I run for free?)
Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K
I have never done an official 15K
The goodies bag includes a jacket
Different route that I have never run before
It's in Philadelphia
It's in Philadelphia, which means I would have to stay at my Moms and wake up super early to get there for the race.
Another Con for all of them- They fall short for Marathon Training, but I am willing to make up the miles.
And the biggest Con for ALL THREE races- I have my son that weekend, and I will have to ask one of my sisters to watch him while I go racing. I am not a big fan of doing races when my son is with me, but I also want him to see me running and wish for him to want to start running with me.
Now, I can stop questioning and skip all tree race and just do a Half Marathon the following weekend... but I want to do both! A race on April 2nd and a Half Marathon on April 9. I AM SO CONFUSED RIGHT NOW! I might just flip for it and let a coin decide.
Am I the only person who likes races more than training?
Have you ever had race schedule conflicts?
Which race did you pick?