Alternate Title : There are 3 races I want to run // do & for my inconvenience, they're all the same weekend.
^But that didn't have quite the same ring did it?
3 races, 1 weekend, & a literal inability to do it all. How do I pick?
There are usually 4 criteria that determine my desire to register, fork over my credit card info & commit my life to training.
I try to keep my running habit as budget friendly as possible.
What's the entry fee? Would I need to travel for this race? Hotel Room? Gas? Extra meals out?
I try not to jam pack a weekend - if I know I'll be up late dancing at a wedding on a Saturday, I wouldn't sign myself up to race on a Sunday. Additionally - I wouldn't register for a half marathon that's only 2 or 3 weeks away, when I haven't been training for a half marathon. If I'm going to pay up, I want to be trained up.
3. Race Distance
I don't register for a 5K if I'm looking to race a HM.
What sets this race apart from the others? Is it a half marathon with an evening start time? Are there unique medals? Is it a relay or distance I wouldn't otherwise race?
Not all races can be unique. Sometimes, if it fits the other 3 categories, uniqueness doesn't matter. $15 for a 5K that fits my timeline & is near my house? Sign me up. An expensive half marathon a 2 hour drive away? It better have something special about it.
BUT...what do you do when 3 races, that all fit the criteria occur on the exact same weekend. Usually I would search out alternate, but similar races & do all 3. Unfortunately, my schedule will not allow for such, nor are alternates readily available. I have to pick & I can only pick one. So, what are my options, what are the pros & cons?
Option 1 : Ragnar Appalachia
200 mile-ish relay race, 2 day event, would include 3 trail runs of varying lengths & difficulty
August 12 - 13th
Pros : Ragnar, a sweet double medal since I'll be doing Ragnar DC this year too, get to try my hand at more trail running, less race more just get yo ass to the finish line.
Cons : Must take a day off work, don't have a team yet, haven't run more than 10 miles on trails in my life, means I can't do options 2 or 3.
Option 2 : Two Face 10K
2 x 10K, one road race, followed shortly by one trail race
Pros : 2 races & 2 medals that hook into 1 sweet, bigger medal, the course is right near my house & put on by my running group.
Cons : I haven't run more than 10 miles on trails in my life, means I can't do options 1 or 3.
Option 3 : Pittsburgh Triathlon
Sprint Distance - 600M swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Pros : I was really bummed I wouldn't get to do a tri this year - racing this would solve that problem, I love tri training - it's built in cross-training.
Cons : Swimming in the Allegheny River, semi - expensive registration, means I can't do options 1 or 2
Option 4 : Olympic Tri + Two Face 10K
Olympic Distance Pittsburgh Triathlon (Saturday - 13th) - 1500M swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Two Face 10K (Sunday - 14th) - 2 x 10K road + trail
Pros : RACE ALL THE RACES! WIN ALL THE MEDALS!
Cons : I usually have terrible ideas, I'm not certain I would like an Olympic Distance tri, I thought the sprint was the perfect distance, I might limit my ability to be competitive in any event, that would be a lot of miles for one weekend + a lot of training.
Which race would you pick - why?
Any other options I'm not thinking of?
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