You 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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
[inlinkz_linkup id=633523 mode=1]
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)