I’ve seen a fair number of injuries from poor training and poor planning. Most running coaches will ask you to pick an A race – the one race this running season that you want to finish/PR/place then a B race – a race you want to finish/PR/place but not as bad as A race.
You can do more races, just plan accordingly. Is one race too close to another? I always plan no more than one race a month. As good as I am to sticking to a training plan, I am a competitor. I know for myself that if it is a race, I am all in. No holding back. So I give myself a month in-between races to recover and prepare for the next one. The exception is if I am using a race to prep for the next one. For example doing a 10K two weeks before doing a 10 miler would seem appropriate if you have enough miles down for the 10 miler.
Here is my plan so far for 2018:
A) St. Michael’s Half Marathon May 19
B) Annapolis 10 miler August 19
A few other races on my list:
Spartan Sprint May 12 in DC. Anyone interested in putting together a group? May 12
Dawnson’s Father’s Day 10K June 17
Wyoming Buffalo Stampede 10K (great race in Wyoming Delaware) July 21
I am sure there will be a few more on my list. What is your A race and B race? Any other fun races out there?