I am trying REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hard to not sign up for a destination race next year. Well, at least not one that requires airfare. My vacations are always built around races and next year I have my heart set on a beach vacation that is less about running and more about laying on the beach and drinking beverages that have little umbrellas in them.
But just in case you are considering a destination race for 2013, here are some items you should consider.
1. Is it your first time tackling a race of that distance? – Taking on a race of a new distance for the first time is certainly a challenge all on its own. If it is a destination race you have to add in other factors like the stress of traveling, being out of your routine, fueling with restaurant food and drinks and many more items.
2. Is it worth the expense? – Odds are the destination race you are traveling to is a large race and therefore LOTS of other runners will be headed there as well. This results in expensive airfare and hotel rates. Not to mention the cost to register for the race, food, drinks, souvenirs, tourist attractions, transportation, etc.
3. What are your expectations? – Are you wanting to PR? Do you want a uncrowded course? Do you want to relax after the race or sight see? Depending on your answer to those questions you may need to alter your expectations or you may decide that a destination race isn’t what you are wanting after all.
Do you have any destination races on your schedule for next year? Why or why not?