Monday, August 15, 2011

Thinking Ahead

Yesterday was the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon and I didn't run it even though I wanted to because I decided that it was too expensive. I think that I have spent somewhere just over $400 this year alone on race entry fees, which is kind of absurd. But that doesn't take away the fact that today I have buyers remorse, or rather non-buyers-remorse if there is such a thing. The weather was perfect, my legs felt great yesterday morning on my 16 miler, and I am ITCHING for a sub 1:30 half.

Inaugural Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Circa 2009.
The year Kara Goucher won.

I instead registered for a smaller half in the suburbs that I ran last year on Labor Day. I liked the course, the price was much more reasonable, and the race has a cap at 2,000 registrants. I am ecstatic about this race and feel confident that I my legs have a sub 1:30 effort in them without a taper. This will be a great tune up race for me as well because it falls just about a month before the Chicago marathon.

Oak Brook 1/2 Marathon 2010

While I don't like to get too many steps ahead of myself because it give me major stress, I am now beginning to wonder what I will be doing post Chicago marathon. It may be too soon to make any decisions because I may just want to take it easy afterwards. I have been training basically the entire year, so I may just want to have my life back to normal for awhile and not be stuck to a training plan. But there are a lot of races that I want to do. Some of the thoughts that I am currently entertaining:
  • There is a new 10 miler here on November 10th called Chicago's Perfect 10, this is my favorite distance to race. I'm just not certain yet if I will be up for a race so soon after the marathon and how recovery will be going. I don't like to pay money for races and do them as "fun runs", I feel like this is a waste and I can stage my own "fun runs" FOR FREE. I may just have to wait and see how the post race recovery goes before I make this call.

  • The Las Vegas Rock n Roll Half on December 4th. This race would be fun for obvious reasons; it's Vegas, it would be a great get away, and of course there is the urban blogger summit. But I think I am getting a bit selfish these days with our fun money in regards to running, being that it mainly all goes to me. My hubby is very loving and supportive of my interests and hobbies, but I also want him to be able to do the things he wants to do. So still on the fence about this.

  • La Marathon on March 18, 2012. Right now I can say I am ready to commit to a spring marathon, but I don't know if I will feel that way in the Chicago marathon aftermath. But the biggest seller about this race is that the brother-in-law lives there and we could visit him. I keep going back and forth about this.

  • September 18th Navy Pier will be hosting the first ever Run the Pier 1 miler. Love Navy Pier and would love to race a 1 mile seeing that I haven't done this in the past 10 years. It would be a chance for me to prove that the legs do have a sub 6 in them still. But do I really want to pay $29 for an ego boost and to run a route that I take routinely?

  • Boston, Boston, Boston. As much as I want this to be a possibility, I don't think it'll happen. Maybe 2014. This girl wants redemption and I'm sure one day I'll get it, I just have to be very patient. Patience is not my strength.
Boston Marathon 2008

Planning ahead right now for me beyond October 9th is difficult and there are a lot of questionable possibilities. I cannot make up my dang mind or predict what I will be feeling like on October 10th.

Is it too soon to be thinking about a spring marathon or post marathon races? Is a 1 mile race for $29 worth it?


  1. Too early to think about events, no. Too early to actively plan and commit, maybe. I always put off registration in case of illness, work, etc...

    I hear you concerning event cost vs value. I find some of the local running club races under $20 are my favorites because the focus is purely racing. A lot of the out of town events I do double as visiting family, so if a race does not live up to expectations all isn't lost.

    I would probably pass on a 1 mile $29 event because high school and even some middle school kids own that distance. I will probably never break my 1 mile PR when I was 17. Best I can do today is a minute slower but on the upside high school kids have a difficult time with 1/2 marathon and marathon distances.

  2. I'm excited for you! I think that a sub 1:30 half will happen for you! I don't know if I'd spend $29 to run a mile.. I guess that depends on how good the swag is! If all you get is a cotton t-shirt I'd say no. But if it's a nice tech t... Maybe :)

  3. I am with you on every level. The cost deters me from registering for a lot of races I'd love to do. America's Finest City half marathon is this Sunday and I thought it was too expensive but now I wish I was running it! It would be perfect and I know I'd PR. I have non-buyers remorse as well. Boo.

    I am also looking ahead to what my next race will be post-Chicago. I am thinking LA might be an option as well! But then I think I might be getting ahead of myself. I love 10 mile races. They're the perfect distance and there aren't enough of them!

  4. Look at those abs!!!! Amazing! Races can seriously add up but I just think they are so worth it. I wish I could go to the urban blogger summit...are you still considering it?

  5. I cringe when thinking of how much I've spent on races this year... But this is te first year I am actively training for them and trying to improve my times. For me they are motivation to continue because sadly, I need it sometimes.

    I am also thinking about spring marathons. Its not to early to think about it and other race possibilities. If it's something you enjoy, then go for it!

  6. Definitely not too soon to be planning a race for that time.'ve totally got the sub-1:30!

  7. Ah! I was registered for the Chicago RNR last August. I got my free ugly tech shirt in the mail anyway but I was injured and couldn't run! My sister made the haul out to Chicago by herself to run. She's also heading to Vegas for the RNR there!

    OH yes-I have ABSOLUTELY no doubts you will get that sub 1:30, NONE!!! And I say pay the $29 for the Ego Boost. SO worth it IMO.

    Not too soon at all to be thinking ahead! I've already thought ahead at least a year! Granted I'm not forking out $500 that will go down the tubes like last year but the wheels are turning and I have my plans one of which is the Chicago Marathon in 2012. You will be in the Elite corral by then:) Keep up the great training (last post) Britt! Your rewards are coming TENFOLD very soon!

  8. never to soon to be planning ;)

    i feel like i have non buyers remorse all the time!! i keep wanting to sign up for races, but then i always talk myself out of them. i'm thinking a tri is next for me.

    Sam @ fitness food & faith

  9. looking into the future is so exciting!
    not to mention the fact that you are an AMAZING ATHLETE and are going to conquer EVERYTHING!!!
    i see a half in my future, a tri, and a marathon!
    once these injuries heal :)

  10. So many fun runs...but, it does get expensive...especially when you travel for them- flights, hotel, etc.

  11. I have been running for about 3 years now and really look foward to races. It keeps me motivated. If money and injuries weren't an issue, I would be all over! Luckily, there are some pretty cool races nearby. I don't think it's too soon to start planning ahead.