Cathy's race selection rule: Complete races in order of acceding distance.
Okay, that makes 10K next.
I eagerly signed up for the Toronto Yonge Street 10K the following spring. While training, my sister told me about a 10K race she was doing...two weeks later in Whitby. Oh. But that would mean participating in a race that wasn't a stepping stone distance. But I had an idea...
Cathy's race selection rule amendment: I was allowed to participate in a race as long as the distance was one I had already completed.
Ooo! This meant I could sign up for the 5K I was eyeing to be able to run with my dog, Miley! Done.
Another 10K done.
Another 5K done.
Okay. What distance is next? Hmm, half marathon? I dunno...that seemed a bit scary when I had only run 11K max. I googled races in Toronto and discovered the Midsummer's Night Run which was 15K. Perfect! I signed up. Secretly though, I couldn't stop thinking about the half-marathon. I figured I would decide if I could handle it once I ran the 15K. Then I heard about the Beaches Jazz Tune-Up Run which was in my neighbourhood. If I could run 20K, I knew I would be able to do the half. Problem was, the 20K was before the 15K...thus, out of distance order. Hmm...
Cathy's race selection rule amendment #2: It is okay to run a race out of distance order as long as you are already registered for the actual next logical distance race.
10 miler done. Wait. How did that one get in there?!
Cathy's race selection rule amendment #3: If you are used to running in kilometers and someone offers a race distance in miles, just go for it. You'll never be able to remember how kilometers that actually is to know if it is in order anyway.
Although the 20K tune-up run was one of the hardest runs I had done, I was confident I could complete the half-marathon distance and I signed up for the Scotia Toronto Waterfront half-marathon.
After completing the half-marathon with the pride of an amazing season, I sat down to plan out what I wanted to race in 2015. Oh. There was a local 10K race that weekend I hadn't noticed before. What a cute medal! Too soon? I thought my season was over...
Cathy's race selection rule amendment #4: If the medal is really cute, it is a local race and you can convince your friends and family you were in a bit of a recovery fog when registering, go for it.
Yet another 10K done.
Okay, NOW the season was done! Wait. One of the runners I follow on Twitter is having a contest for an entry into a local race in a couple weeks...
Cathy's race selection rule amendment #5: If you win a race entry, go for it!
New year's resolution...although I loved every race I participated in during the 2014 season, I think it would be wise to limit my races in 2015. I went through my race lists and decided on four races for 2015. Done. That was it.
Until my twitter running friends started talking about trail running. And NIKE announced their inaugural race in Toronto. And I thought it might be great to make half-marathons a focus and sign up for a spring half in addition to the fall half...
Cathy's race selection rule amendment #6: If you love running and participating in races, just do it !