I’ve worked Saturdays ever since Cassie was a baby — and she turns 15 this summer. When I started running in 2010, it wasn’t long before I began to resent how I was never free to race on Saturdays. Then I decided to make the best of it and view my schedule as a built-in check against my tendency to overdo things. Focusing on much more rare Sunday races, and taking 1-2 Saturdays off a year for my very favorite events, meant that I wouldn’t – couldn’t – get carried away with racing.
Now after all these years my schedule is shifting. Starting Memorial Day weekend, I’ll have most Saturdays off. I’m psyched – but also a bit overwhelmed. There are a ton of events every single weekend. How to choose?
Clearly, it’s time to set up a race budget. Running is cheap – technically all you need is a pair of shoes – but entry fees add up, especially if you do longer races or the occasional triathlon.
Our busy family schedule will also rein me in somewhat. (Colleen’s already pestering me about coaching soccer now that I’ll be available on Saturday mornings.)
Still, it’s cool to know that work won’t get in the way of the Swiss Days Race, the Parlor City Trot half marathon, the Huff 50K and anything else that looks exceptionally interesting. This is gonna be fun!