I’m trying something new here this week by linking up with Erika, Patty and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, a blog linkup where you share running related posts or your thoughts on a specific weekly topic.
Since I am fairly new to race running, it’s difficult for me to answer the question how often I race. In the last 7 months I have only participated in two 10k-races. My first race ever was the 10k event at the Berkeley Half Marathon last year and the second race was the Pride Run for Equality. I’m signed up for another 10k and a half-marathon next month and I am contemplating throwing in another 10k in August and maybe another run or two this fall.
What is too much? What too little? Is running one race per month a good rule of thumb? Should you have more recovery in between or can you stack races back to back?
I am sure the answers will be very different for different people. It seems like some people race a lot (Is it kind of addictive? Do tell me now! I already have a sneaking suspicion), some pick carefully and make the rarer races count. I am just trying to get some experiences under my belt while keeping up training at this point.
I can see frequent racing going two ways… huge motivational boost and practice on one hand, burning out and overdoing it on the other. I have no clue which one it is and how to find the right balance, but I guess I will find out.
I am very curious to hear from other people how often they race and how they pick their races. I have yet to do a destination race (unless you call SF a destination, since I will be staying over night at my friend Susi’s place), but it’s definitely something I would consider in the future.
(No seriously, W H A T is happening to me?)