2013 Race Schedule – Mostly TBD

Last year around this time, I was working furiously on putting together my 2012 race schedule. For some reason, I wanted to have things all figured out before the year even started. Even small local 5K races.

I tend to do that. Overthink things. For no good reason.

This time, with the exception of a few key races, I’m not really looking past next month.

So far, my confirmed 2013 schedule looks like this:

January 20 – Midwinter Cruise 5K. So local I feel like it would be wrong not to do it. 

Midwinter Cruise 5K
2012 Midwinter Cruise

January 26 – F^3 Half Marathon. Have wanted to do this one for a couple years. 13 miles on the Chicago lakefront? In January? At least you know the field will only be really serious runners, because who the heck else would sign up? 

June 8-9 – Ragnar Relay. I need this much time to wrap my mind around running solo in the dark in weird areas. Oh and just that whole relay thing and running or sitting in a van all night … and day. 

August 24 – North Country Trail Half Marathon. They had a great registration deal last August, and again, this was a race I had my eye on for awhile. And I plan on using this as the first weekend in a week-long vacation in my favorite part of my second-favorite state. Just have to find a cheap house to rent. 

And if I continue my self-imposed ban on frivolous spending through the rest of this month, on Dec 31 (the day before the price goes up), I will register for

May 5 – First Midwest Bank Half Marathon. “Local” race for me, and my very first half marathon (in 2010) … cannot wait to see how far I’ve truly come. 

Southwest Half Marathon 2012
2012 Southwest (now First Midwest) Half Marathon

And that is all I am committing to right now. There are certainly other races I’m considering, but I’m going to wait to register. Come February 1 (or whenever this opens), I’ll have a good idea how the rest of the year might (or might not) shape up.

So why am I waiting to sign up for more races?

For one thing, there is no need to register for so many races so far in advance. Unless a race has a history of selling out, it won’t make a difference on race day if you register four months in advance or four days in advance.

Some races do offer early bird pricing, but in most cases, you only save $5-10. I have found that these “early bird deadlines” encouraged more impulse registering (by me). And I’d rather save $65 and not do a race that I regret signing up for, than save $5 on a race that I end up not looking forward to. (That happened for me at the Chicago Half Marathon earlier this year.)

Keeping my schedule open will allow for more flexibility without overdoing it. This way I can add in a race that a friend or my running club is doing, or a new race that I didn’t know existed, or a deal comes through Schwaggle (or some comparable site), etc. By packing my calendar with 1-2 races every month now, if I start adding in more races here and there … it’ll just become too much. For my wallet and my sanity.

What about you? Do you have 2013 mapped out, or are you just taking it month by month? 

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17 Comments on “2013 Race Schedule – Mostly TBD”

  1. I recently wrote a blog post similar to this, where I tried to plan out every month in 2013 (I got to June). I like having bigger races (halves/fulls) planned way in advance, especially if I’m going to travel, but smaller races I don’t mind signing up at the last minute. I’ve never heard of the Midwest bank half…being from the midwest, I want to check this out!

  2. Even though this has been my first official year as a runner, I know I way over-raced (17 races in 2012!) so I’m definitely scaling back on 2013 events, too. My goal is to focus on and train for 2-3 goal events and, like you, add in additional races every now and then because I really want to do them, not just because there’s a deal or it’s a race all the cool kids do. Upcoming races definitely keep me motivated to get out and run, but I don’t want to do so many and get burned out or (don’t say it!) injured.

    Looks like 2013 is the year of 13.1 for you — is the half marathon your favorite distance?

    1. I don’t really have one favorite distance. It just happened that the races I signed up for in advance were half marathons, haha. I almost always only do local 5K’s, and no need to sign up for those very far in advance. And it’s harder to find races at those distances between 5K and half marathon. There are some at those distances that I’m considering for the spring, just don’t need to sign up for them now.

  3. I’m taking a similar approach. I have a small handful of races that require a bit of travel/advance planning but beyond those I’m going to wait and see.

  4. I tend to plan ahead with races. I have Fulls in Jan, Feb, and Mar. Then going to try to get into MCM for October. Other than that, just a couple other shorter races. I am definitely NOT running 20 races like I did in 2012. Lol

  5. I am doing the F3 as well. Its my first half marathon and I am slightly crazy for doing it in the winter. I may do the Palos Half Marathon because I live 5 minutes away from the course.

  6. Definitely month by month here. I packed my schedule in 2011 and then took it month by month in 2012 and really enjoyed that more. Sure, I was faster in 2011 since I was specifically training for things, but I had an equal amount of fun in 2012 without feeling burn out.

  7. I’m already registered for RnR Chicago and RnR Pittsburgh, and I’d like to do the Chicago Marathon again next year. Then I have a few other races that I love which are must-do’s (PAWS Run for Their Lives, Mad Dash to Madison, CARA Lakefront 10-Miler). But otherwise I’m going to be more spontaneous next year about which races I do, especially in respect to my budget! I spent a ton of money on racing this year.

  8. I have some of my race schedule decided. There are some races that are “every year definite” races. The others I fill out as I go.

  9. Looks like a great schedule of racing for you- with lots of room to add more 🙂

    I’ve only registered for a half in June but will do fox valley, Chicago , and Naperville marathons next year. I’ll also do a spring half and maybe a full. And I’d like to kill my 5k PR. Anything less than a marathon for me in te past has been “part of training”, this year I’d like to devote some time towards shorter distances.

  10. Definitely month by month for me! There are a few races I do each year but I prefer not to have my schedule all set up… it leaves more options for social stuff and travel (and prevents burnout);)

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