Good morning and happy Tuesday! Did everyone have a good holiday? I'm skipping the weekend recap because mostly I was a slug this weekend, but I did get to a painting class, and I went to see a movie. Both were fun, and I was able to enjoy someone else's air conditioning. You know it's summer in Texas when the prime real estate spots are those in the shade and not close to the building. And I snagged a partially shaded spot at Cinemark. Score! Plus, I did lots of Olympic trials watching. It was so much fun until the women's 800 meters last night :(
Today's TOTR topic is all about choosing a race. I don't really have any method of doing it, but the factors I use are location, price, and yes, bling. I'm not ashamed to admit I do choose races based on bling. That's I how I chose the Tink 10k, all because I wanted that medal. Bling isn't a deal breaker, and a lot of times I know local 5k's won't offer it, but I did get some bling at the pumpkin spice 5k because the 10k and 15k races had the same medal.
When I'm looking at local races, I'm looking at the towns they're in, is it easy to get to, and is there ample parking. Race day logistics consume me more than they should, but I like it when there is plenty of parking and it's easy to find. I don't want to stress about getting stuck in traffic, having to circle to find a spot, and then get stuck heading out. I also look at what the race is benefiting. Sometimes it's a food pantry, sometimes is a police and fire fund, sometimes it's an animal shelter. I like doing races I know will benefit the community, and I like it when the people putting on the race know what they're doing. We have some pretty good organizers in Dallas, and so far, the races haven't disappointed.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.