Well, that’s a blog title I never thought I’d type.
Let me back up a little.
I did my first race, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, on October 19, 2014. I was immediately consumed with a white hot passion to do MORE OF THAT!! More races. More medals. More running. If one was good, more would be better. One a month seemed like a good idea.
Luckily, I was showing horses competitively at the time and that helped slow my roll a bit. At any rate, what ended up happening was that I signed up for a lot of races. You know, the non-transferable, non-refundable kind.
Then my over-committed body said, “NOPE!” Runner’s knee flared up with a vengeance. After limping through 2 half marathons, dropping from the full marathon to a half in another, and dropping from another, I conceded it might be time to take a bit of a chill pill. Or at least focus more on quality and not quantity.
Even though I have been lucky enough to get healthy and be able to pretty consistently race among some other injuries, that string of race attempts taught me some good lessons. Don’t over commit and don’t commit sooner than you are ready to.
As soon as you finish a race, they start emailing you about signing up for next year’s race. Or maybe another one in their series for another medal! And my urge is always to say yes. The sense of urgency their marketing department worked to create is completely effective on me.
A perfect example is the Chicago Marathon. Of course I want to do it again next year. They are emailing me, and everyone keeps posting their entries for next year online. I would love redemption of that course. BUT – it was a very expensive trip. AND – I need to be strategic. It will be better to wait a bit and make a plan with my coach. What is going to be my A Race for 2017? How many full marathons do I want to try for?