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The Races I Chose for 2017 and Why

It’s official. I have FINALLY finalized my 2017 racing schedule. At least, I hope it’s finalized. And without further ado, my racing schedule for 2017:

More information can be found on my page: Upcoming Races

A lot of time and effort, not to mention money, went into picking out the above races. Things I take into consideration while picking a race?

  • Cost – This one is obvious. I’m a graduate student. I can’t afford to run all the races I want to run. This year, I spent over $600 on registrations alone. That’s for 6 races. Holy moly. That’s crazy. Whoever said running was free lied. Shoes, registrations, body glide, nutrition gels – they’re not cheap, but I love running so much, I don’t mind cutting my costs elsewhere. The Great Chocolate Race in Long Beach was so cheap that I jumped at the chance. Also, I get free chocolate. I love chocolate.
  • Location – I’m based in San Diego so I’m more willing to race in my town. That’s why I signed up for the San Diego Half Marathon. I love running around my hometown. Traveling adds to the cost (Hotels, flights), but if the race is amazing enough, I will make the trek. 🙂
  • Size and Reputation – I like bigger races. Something about running with others makes me happy and don’t we all want to be happy? 🙂 Also, bigger races usually mean a better reputation (Chicago Marathon, SeaWheeze Half Marathon, and Las Vegas Rock N Roll). If I’m going to pay money to run, that run better be damn fun.
  • Medal – Most races don’t release their medals until a few months before the race. At that point, registration fees are higher. And since I take cost into high consideration, I won’t have usually seen the medals until after I’ve signed up. Sometimes, I’ll look into the previous year’s medal and decide based on that.
  • Redundancy – Have I run that race before? If I have, it’s lower on my list to run. I don’t typically like to run the same race twice because let’s be honest; there are so many races out there and there’s only so little time. There are a few exceptions to this rule of mine though. The San Diego Rock N Roll Half marathon was my first half marathon and will always have a special place in my heart. I will probably run that one every year until my legs can’t run no more. Maybe I can one day be the oldest person to complete that race. A girl can dream, can’t she? 🙂 Another race I’d run again? The NYC Marathon because WOW; that was just an amazing experience and the most fun I ever had while running. PERIOD. And that’s saying a lot because that’s TWENTY-SIX POINT TWO freaking miles.

What races are you running in 2017? Any of them you’re particularly excited about? And what do you take into consideration when registering for a race? 



My name is Mai and I am a recent PhD graduate. :) When not hard at work, I can be found training for a race, traveling the world, or talking about Disneyland. Come join me on my journey and help me navigate this world. :)

20 thoughts on “The Races I Chose for 2017 and Why

    1. Thanks! I did already know that, but I had already signed up for the SD and LV ones. I was very tempted to register for another one, but I’m already going out of town for 3 races next year and those costs add up. 😦 Thanks for the follow too! I’ll be sure to follow you back.

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  1. Whoa you got into Seawheeze? Nice job – I hear that sells out in like 30 minutes! I also hear it’s a blast – have fun!!

    I prefer big races too. Which is weird, because I’m pretty introverted so I feel like I should prefer smaller races, but I really feed off the crowd energy, the hype going into the race, and having so many others to share the running/training experience with. Hence why the $200 Chitown price tag was worth it!

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    1. Haha Yeah, Seawheeze registration was a crazy experience. Their site wasn’t ready for the influx of people signing up. It kicked people out of the queue and rejected perfectly valid credit cards. Within 3 minutes, I got this page that said tickets were unavailable even though there were still sole available. It was a hot mess. Anyway, the Chicago marathon will be a blast. I’ll see you there! 🙂


    1. Yes! It is at night! It’ll be my first night half so I’m pretty excited. That’s actually why I signed up for it. I originally wanted to do the wine and dine half that disneyworld holds, but this year, they changed it from a night race to a day race. I was pretty bummed, but Vegas should be pretty fun. 🙂 I will definitely let you know how it goes.


      1. I have actually been in Vegas the only other time they close off the strip – on New Years Eve. I got sick from the freezing cold that time. haha Hopefully, that won’t be the case this time around. 🙂


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