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NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training–especially when it comes to determining your next big fitness goals.
How do I select my “A” race for the season?
When choosing an A race, or the race around which you’ll build your season, there are three main questions to ask yourself. First, what type of race are you most excited to train for? Meaning, when you are sleepy in the morning trying to get out of bed, what is going to help motivate you? Maybe it is the goal of completing your first half marathon or your first trail race. Or maybe it is a destination race, and you’ll get to visit a new city in addition to racing. Pick a race that you really want to do, rather than what you think you should do. Second, think about what your life looks like this season. Be realistic. How busy or stressed are you going to be with work? Consider if you are going to have time to get to the trails regularly. Are you going to be able to find someone to watch the kids so you can get your long run in as you marathon prep? Your A race is going to be the one that you really care about, so make sure your life over the next few months will be able to set you up for success. Finally, think about your previous A races in seasons past and what makes sense as you continue to move forward and challenge yourself in different ways.