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TOTR 2 small 300You know we like to pick your brain a bit around here. Tuesdays on the run is always looking at what makes you tick. Or tock. Or run or walk or whatever.

This week we want to know if you prefer repeating races or finding new ones to run.

Do you have a favorite standby that you must do every year? Or are you a run and done kind of runner?

Link up with Erika,? Marcia and me for this week?s Tuesdays on the Run!



It Was So Nice I Ran It Thrice

I’m a run walk run repeater. This pattern extends to the races I choose to run as well.

If I liked it once, I’ll do it again. And again. And probably again.

Are you a repeat race runner? Or do you try new courses and locations to travel to? Me? The runDisney Princess Half seems to have a hold on me- come see why I run at Disney! Disney World | Disneyland

I know there are a million reasons NOT to repeat a race. Here are a few:

  • The location: you’ve been there once, why go back?
  • The course: no surprises. You know what’s going to happen so where’s the excitement?
  • No challenge in it: trying a new course requires you to adapt to a new situation as the weather or elevation.

I get all that. I don’t even disagree with it.

But for me, being the special snowflake headcase that I am, that thought process doesn’t always work out for me.

I’m better when running races I know.

Part of it is a comfort thing; I have race anxiety at times that I’m just now learning to push past. Probably a good topic for another post, but getting to the start of a race can be scary for me.

See my marathon post for prime example number one.

2011 Princess Half Marathon Finish Line

My first big race and the one I keep going back to, even though I swear off it every dang year!

This anxiety is the main reason that I tend to repeat the races I know and love.

The Princess Half Marathon is one example. I’m heading toward year number seven if I make the return to this race in February. Which, let’s face it, is probably happening.

I like the course, alright. Not too hilly, not too flat, not too boring.

The location, you know I love Walt Disney World so that’s always a plus.

This race has it’s problems, however. Big ones. And around mile seven each year I swear off this race.


just when I thought I was out they pull me back in

And by they, I mean my friends.

I will admit that a good group costume, the?promise of laughs with friends, and that pretty tiara medal will probably sway me to sign up once again.

If I wanted this to be a PR type race, I know the course well enough that I could make it happen. And if I don’t, well, I know I’ll have a great time out there on the course regardless.

I don’t have any new races on my schedule this year just yet. I’m eyeing a few new options?but haven’t made any choices just yet.

Are you a repeat race runner or are you always looking for a new challenge??

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Wednesday 18th of May 2016

It sounds wonderful to have friends to pull you back in after mile 7! I always know when it's Princess Half weekend, when all those crown medals show up in my Intagram feed.


Tuesday 17th of May 2016

I get the pre-race anxiety thing... but it is exciting not knowing a course and just flying by the seat of your pants (sort-of).

Jessica S

Tuesday 17th of May 2016

i do a mix of both - local races I tend to repeat, but anything with travel just gets done once (at least so far). For a PR, I'd definitely want to be a course I know to minimize my nerves.

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Tuesday 17th of May 2016

[…] done both and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Thanks as always to Marcia, Erika and Patty for hosting our link […]


Tuesday 17th of May 2016

I totally agree with this -- I get pre-race anxiety so knowing where I'm going (parking and driving wise) plus knowing the course definitely helps calm the nerves. :)

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