Yesterday the Pumpkinman Triathlon opened up registration for 2013.
And today Vermont City Marathon's 25th Anniversary registration opened.
I love love LOVE these races. I have run Vermont the past four years. Pumpkinman was one of the best races I have ever participated in. So, why are these registration dates making me sad? I for sure am not running Vermont this year, and Pumpkinman is a big maybe. I think registration will close before I will know if I can do it.
When I hired my coach this year, one thing she pointed out was that I race too much. This was not something I wanted to hear, because I love racing. But, I hired a coach because I wanted to get better at my sport. My improvement has been slower than it could have been these past few years, partly because of all the marathons I ran. 18 marathons in five years. That is a lot of racing and not a lot of recovery! I have chosen to race less this year in order to hopefully hit some big goals in the races that I do participate in. I have chosen my big races for next year and Vermont will not work no matter what, so that is a no for me.
The second thing that is frustrating is, how far in advance you have to register for races. Pumpkinman will close early in the summer, too early to know if I will be recovered enough from Lake Placid to participate in it. Year after year, I let the Marine Corp Marathon and Chicago Marathon go, because I can't decide in February if that is what I want to do in the fall. I will probably never run those races because I am just too indecisive to make a decision within the small registration window.
As for racing shorter distances, I still am undecided on how many races I will fit in. I have a handful of races that I love doing, but mentally I haven't learned to just run a race. I toe each starting line with a PR in my eyes. I plan on keeping my eye on my goals this year and will sit on the sidelines as I watch everyone around me racing. I will also learn to be a spectator. I may not be running Vermont this year, but I plan on being there cheering for my husband and friends.
Have you found that racing too much slows you down? How many big races do you participate in in one year?