Last night, I rather hastily did this:

I was checking Google Reader on my way home from work, and Sarah posted that she had already registered for a race in 2013 … in August 2013 … technically over a year from now. So naturally, I got home and immediately registered (after going for a run, eating dinner, showering, and downloading my run to Garmin/DailyMile/RunningAhead).

OK, maybe it wasn’t exactly like that.

It wasn’t just any race. It was the North Country Trail Run. I actually checked out this race (for 2012) earlier in the summer, and thought it looked awesome, but it had already sold out. I made a mental note (that I forgot) to check back for 2013 (although I didn’t think registration would open quite this early).

Trail race in the woods? I’ve always wanted to do one. Local, grassroots feel? Love it. Lots of swag? Check. Looks like an overall awesome race? Definitely. Held in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula? Love it and have been there many times. (This was the biggest selling point for me.)

I wasn’t the only hasty person last night. After I registered, I posted a link on Facebook, and another running friend registered for the full.

AND, now I basically HAVE to take trip to my favorite part of my second-favorite state (Illinois is #1, duh) next August. Considering EVERY summer since the last time we went (2008) I’ve been wanting to go back to Michigan for a lazy week-long vacation of sleeping in, going to the beach, watching the sunset over Lake Michigan, going to breweries and wineries, and sitting by a campfire, I’m pretty sure I will NOT regret my “hasty” registration (unless some crazy life event happens, which I hope doesn’t).

sunset over lake michigan
Anytime I look at a picture from a vacation in Michigan, all I can think is “I want to go to there.”

I don’t think I’ve ever regretted signing up for a race, but there were some that I kind of wanted to skip. When I was going through my stretch of four races in two weeks in early June, I kind of wanted to skip the middle two (13.1 Chicago and the Jim Gibbons 5K). I had set an awesome PR in the first race (the Sunburst Half), and knew the chances of PRing in those next two race were slim. That kind of takes the fun away, especially so soon after a PR, and after a winter/spring of constant PR’s.

Also, I am honestly a little worried about my upcoming fall race schedule (Chicago Half – 9/9, Fort2Base 11.5mi – 9/23, Chicago Marathon – 10/7, ZOOMA Half – 10/20, Perfect 10 miler – 11/10). That’s a lot of long distances in the span of two months. Not racing the marathon takes a load off though.

My plan for 2013 is to be more thoughtful about which races I do, and definitely space them out more. I have a hard time turning down free races, which seems to be the main culprit for overcrowding my race schedule. It wouldn’t be so bad if I also didn’t register for a bunch of races and then get the free race offers. (First world problem for sure.)

Have you ever regretted signing up for a race?