Tuesdays on the Run: Racing (onesies or twosies)

by lachicaruns on

I like to think of myself as someone who likes to try new things, but this week’s Tuesdays on the Run topic — whether you run races once and done or do repeats — has convinced me that I may be more of a creature of habit than I thought. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.not that there's anything wrong with that



As a very new runner, I did Ele’s Race in Okemos, Mich., by myself. The yearly race iss well organized, has a flat course and supports an awesome organization that helps grieving children. But I didn’t know anyone else at the race and was surprisingly lonely. I may try it again, but only if I can do it with runner friends.

The other onesies were all novelty runs: the Color Run and a couple of virtual races hosted by Skirt Sports. I encourage brand-new runners or people who like to walk to do the Color Run. It certainly had a party vibe and I can see why newbies would enjoy it. It was anything but a race, so I just don’t see myself doing it again.

What I really liked about the virtual races was having the goal on the calendar plus the flexibility to run the miles over a certain period of time and still get the race swag. I especially enjoyed the 261 Fearless virtual race and I would consider doing it again.

Yes, someone makes these.

Yes, someone makes these.

Then there are the races that were better than Cats and I want to do them again and again.

Capital City River Run was both my first half and my first full marathon, and certainly a race I plan to run in the coming years. It’s a well-run, fun race with lots of spectators right in my hometown. I loved sleeping in my own bed, getting up at a reasonable hour and still making it to the starting line with time to spare.

Another repeat is the Lansing Turkeyman Trot on Thanksgiving morning, my first 5K ever and one that my favorite 16-year-old and I have done for the past three years. I have visions of doing this one every November, even if said daughter has to wheel me down Michigan Avenue in a wheelchair many moons from now.

Because I obviously like to run races with runner friends, I have also signed up for the Lake Lansing Team Marathon the past few years. If you like festive (read: with lots of food), then this is the race for you. Teams of up to five people sign up to run 5.2 mile legs that begin and end in the same spot so you get to hang out with friends while one person runs around Lake Lansing at a time.

I recently did the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon in Grand Rapids, Mich., and enjoyed it so much that I’m adding it to next year’s race schedule. The gorgeous blue-sky and warm temps didn’t hurt and neither did knowing a dozen amazing women who were also running that morning.

That all said, there are so very many races to be run that I’m not sure how many races I’ll repeat each year. I’m fortunate to get to scratch three new races off my wish list this year: the Two Hearted Trail Half (next month!), Run Woodstock 50K (September) and the Labor Day Bridge Run over the gorgeous Mackinac Bridge (September).

But there’s no way to tell which of those, if any, will make the short list for years to come.

Please make sure to visit the TOTR link-up hosts runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice!

What races have you run once? Any repeats? Why?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.



If you like that Gazelle race you MUST run the Grand Rapids Half AND full marathons. My heart and PRs (both distances) are on that course. The races are smallish, mostly on paved bike trails and fairly no frills. But the race director hits it out of the park. Thanks for linking up!


Hahaha! I need that double snuggie romper. I’m a creature of habit, too. All those freaking runDisney races I keep running…

Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder

I don’t think I’d do another Color Run either. It was my first 5k and what got me into running, but now I prefer to race and get timed during 5k’s. As far as other races, I do repeat a lot, being an obstacle course racer. I try to pack as many on my schedule as possible because I love racing, just not the training so much 😉


The race on the calendar plus back tracking the training plan gets me out the door. I’ve never tried an obstacle race because I am both a klutz and injury prone!


I agree with you on the Color Run, it was fun to do once, but I’m done with them for now.

But I am a race repeater for sure!


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