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When do you start looking at future races and registering for them? (Read 117 times)


Smaller By The Day

    When we race in Indy, we always eat at the Weber Grill the night's our tradition!



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    5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)

    10K 48:59 April 2013

    HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013

    MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013

      I'm terrible at pre-planning races.


      Other than marathons, sometimes I'll wait until just hours before a race to decide if I'm going to run.   And I have no idea which fall marathon I'm going to do yet.  Smile



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        5k - 24:15 (7:49 min/mile pace) 

        10k - 51:47 (8:16 min/mile pace)

        15k -1:18:09 (8:24 min/mile pace)

        13.1 - 1:53:12 (8:39 min/mile pace)

        26.2 - (Debut) - 4:48:10 



        Chief Unicorn Officer

          I usually wait until fairly close to race date, too.  I do mostly shorter, local races though, which don't have these escalating fees as time passes, and they don't usually close out.  I too have registered early and then had something come up down the line and had to eat the race fee.  I was supposed to do the 8K at the Shamrock Half this year, and I can't go due to a change in circumstances with people in my party (well, I could go, but I'd be running alone, driving 8 hours each way alone, staying in the hotel alone, and none of that is fun and would cost me far more than the race fee).  I wish I'd waited longer to register!

          Mile 5:49 - 5K 19:58 - 10K 43:06 - HM 1:36:54


          Skirt Runner

            I registered for an October 2013 half marathon in December 2012, the day registration opened.

            PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)     Full- 5:55:33 (11/1/15)


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            I am The Tortoise

              I normally register for the races I wish to run as soon as online registration opens. That is apparently not fast enough. I wanted to register for the Brooklyn Half and before I left for work Friday morning it was still not available online. By the time I finished dinner Friday evening it was sold out. Guess I will find something local instead.

                Depending on how I feel after Jerusalem, I might register for Athens 2014.

                  ---I run about 40-50 races a year, so I usually keep registered for everything about 2-3 months in advance.  --Unless I know it is a popular race that may sell out, then I register when it opens.


                  I used to be fearful about an injury occurring that would take me out of several races that I had registered for, but it has been so long that I have had any kind of significant long term injury that I have no issues with registering ahead of time months out for races.  I think I have currently paid for about 10 races that are coming up in 2013.


                  As to 2014, I already have a spreadsheet created called "races 2014" with a slot for each weekend and am picking + choosing a few favorites that I already plan to do over a year out...


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                    As to 2014, I already have a spreadsheet created called "races 2014" with a slot for each weekend and am picking + choosing a few favorites that I already plan to do over a year out...


                    Me too. One sheet is a list and a second I've formatted to look like a calendar, so I have the race dates color coded for 'registered', 'tentative', etc.


                      I shaping up my Spring 2014 schedule right now.


                      Of course that's partially because of  this Spring being a washout due to illness.

                      5K  20:23  (Vdot 48.7)   9/9/17

                      10K  44:06  (Vdot 46.3)  3/11/17

                      HM 1:33:48 (Vdot 48.6) 11/11/17

                      FM 4:24:33 (Vdot 33.6) 11/8/14




                        I have nothing set in stone for 2014, but have a good idea of what races I want to consider for 2014. I won't finalize things for 2014 until after Philly this year as that hinges on if i plan to BQ at Philly or wait till next spring. Thinking of Shamrock, ODM, NJM, or Glass City for a BQ attempt next year with Steamtown likely in Fall'14. Next spring my last chance to BQ in 40-44AG with 3:15 and in fall would only need a 3;25.

                        PR's - 5K - 20:15 (2013) | 10K - 45:14 (2011)  | 13.1 - 1:34:40 (2013)  | 26.2 - 3:40:40 (2014)


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                        Proud Calgarian

                          The 2013 racing schedule was practically finalized by December 2012 and I've already started tentatively planning for 2014 already. If it's going to be a GOAL RACE, then I book for it Day #1 that registration opens.

                          2015 Goals and PRs:

                          5k - 17:59 (18:05);  10k - 35:59 (36:42);   HM - 1:19:19 (1:19:59);   FM - 2:49:59 (3:05:46)

                          Ultra Cowboy

                            There are few Annual races I will do year after year.  The local trail half marathon is an exception.  I enjoy the group I train with for this each year.  Even then I wait till just before the discount deadline.


                            I do two training groups a year, Spring and Summer.  I sign up for the goal races for those but it is really more about the weeks of training together than the race itself.