I have two, yes, only two races on my fall schedule as of today. And I am not planning on adding any more in the near future.
Sept. 11 : La Parisienne
This will be the 5th or 6th year that I run La Parisienne, an iconic race launched in Paris 20 years ago. It is 100% women and really kicked off the running bug here in France. I do it with my colleagues and there are about 50 of us. Some are seasoned runners, some walk the race, some are running for the first time, some sprint for the entire 6,7K. We always meet really early, walk to the race start, wait together and meet up after the race with our significant others for a cold beverage. It is just generally a good time.
However, if I were on my own, I would not sign up. My company covers 80% of the steep registration fee (50 Euros). That is an outrageous price, most races this distance are about 15 Euros. I would never in my life pay that amount because it all goes to the organizers. Some of it goes to cancer research but very very little. This really bothers me. I almost didn’t sign up this year, but I decided to run because 1) doing it with colleagues is fun and 2) the race route has changed and it is going down the Champs Elysees for the first time.
November 6 : the NYC Marathon
I am going with my husband and will see several bloggers (Judy and Darlene) as well as some friends and family. We have planned several days of sightseeing after the race, he & I haven’t been to NYC together since our honeymoon 20 years ago. In preparation I am reading ”A race like no other” by Liz Robbins. Loving it.
And that is it. Marathon training is pretty much dominating my fall, so no other races will be had.
There was one race I wanted to do in September, the first ever Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. Unfortunately, I am out of town that weekend. Next year ! There are many iconic races here in September & October, probably two of the busiest racing months in France, but my focus will be on marathon training.
My schedule does seem kind of empty but it works. I prefer to see it as quality over quantity ?
How many races on your schedule this fall ? Do you prefer to run them all or only pick a couple ?