It was easy to pick an A Race when I was training for a marathon or my first half marathon. I don’t know how to do it anymore. I pick some races because I like the course or I want to run in a certain location, but how do I determine which one I am really aiming for? How do I decide when is the time to go for my top goals?
I know I can’t PR every race. I know I have to work on speed and endurance to get to where I want to be.
I don’t know how I went from running my first half marathon in 2009 to now. A half marathon was such a big deal. I think I have let it become not enough of a big deal. Running 13.1 miles is still an accomplishment. I still need to train for it.
I raced too much this fall. I have been fighting my body. I want to race smarter next year. I already decided there will be no marathon in 2012 so that won’t be my A race. I still want to break 1:55 in the half marathon. And I am so damn close it just makes me mad.
How do you choose an A Race?
Is it location?
Is it the course?
Is it time of year?
I am willing to listen to any and all ideas here.