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Eat Pray Run DC: Tips for Choosing a Fall Race

Courtney Dredden outlines her 5 tips for choosing a fall goal race.

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Now is the time when runners flock to the internet in search of the perfect fall race. If you are one of them, you might wonder how to go about choosing a great fall race. There’s no “perfect” race, but these tips might help you find one that is perfect for you!

  1. Decide if you want to race local or make it a “racecation”. There are benefits to both. If you choose a local race, your friends and family can be on the course cheering you on. And there’s something to be said for sleeping in your own bed the night before a race. However, there’s nothing like combining a race and a vacation. My tip for a racecation is to find a Saturday race. Once the race is done, you can enjoy Saturday night without worrying about waking up early to run!
  2. Think about the race environment that you thrive in. Do you like small races or do you need 13 miles of bands, crowds and cheers? Thinking about the type of race environment you thrive in will give you a smaller set of races to choose from.
  3. Pull out your calendar. Now that you’ve decided if you want to race locally or far from home, and have decided on race environment, find out which races in your chosen categories work for your schedule. Do you want to race in September? Or is November or December better for you? There’s no wrong answer here!
  4. Read some reviews. You can google just about any race and read a recap – so do it! Of course you have to take everything with a grain of salt, but if a race is poorly organized, you will definitely be able to figure that out with a few minutes of internet research.
  5. Commit! Once you’ve decided on a race — SIGN UP! Nothing will kick start your training like the thought of being undertrained at the starting line.

What factors do you think about when you choose a race? Tweet @eatprayrundc and @womensrunning to share your answers!

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About Eat Pray Run DC

Courtney Dredden is the author of Eat Pray Run DC, where she blogs primarily about running, food and D.C. life. A two-time marathoner, she is currently working toward her next big running goal: a sub–2 hour half marathon. Outside of running, she loves her church, Alabama football and her miniature dachshund.