1. Distance: How far do you really want to go? It may be on your list, but your very first race probably shouldn't be a marathon. Half marathons and 5ks are really prevalent and popular, but you can also find 10ks, which are a fantastic distance. Been running a while? Choose a race with a funky distance for a guaranteed PR!
|Great local 10k with friends!|
3. Distance from Home: Traveling to races is so fun (honestly, I can't remember the last time I took a vacation that wasn't based around a race), but it adds a new level of complexity - travel logistics, potentially a different climate and geography, planning your meals differently. If you're used to training in cooler temperatures, it can feel disappointing doing a race in warmer/more humid temperatures. Prepare and set goals accordingly.
|Are you ready for this? (Antarctic Ice Marathon)|
|(Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon)|
|(Arizona Distance Classic)|
|Finishing the Arizona Distance Classic with my mom!|
5. Race Support: This may not seem important, but it is. If you don't want to have to worry about carrying hydration with you, make sure you pick a race that has plenty of water stops. Also, picking a race with lots of crowd encouragement and entertainment can help the miles fly by.
|Water Drops are Aid Stations (Indy Women's Half Marathon)|