- What is your goal? - If your goal has been to run a half marathon and just finish it and not run again for the next year then running that race distance may right for you. If you have another race in 2 months that is more important to you, then don’t chance it and drop to a shorter distance or drop out completely.
- Will running the race get you one step closer to your goal? If the race isn't helping you get to the goal, is it worth the stress of debating run it or don't run it?
- Do no harm. - Coach Dean starts off any race conversation when an injury is involved with the statement "DO NO HARM." What are you getting out of running a race if it leaves you injured? If you can't run for 6 weeks was it worth it to run that one race?
- Money- I often get frustrated with the money I lose by signing up for a race and not being able to run it due to injuries. The flip side is waiting to the last minute and paying higher race fees or not getting in because the race is sold out. Again it comes back to your goal. If you have a race in two months that you really want to run, the money isn't worth the potential of being injured.
- What is your training level? If you have an injury that has prevented you from training the last 6 weeks then you aren’t adequately trained. Not being adequately trained depends on your competitive level. If your goal is to finish the race and time doesn't matter then you'll be successful with anytime you receive. If you're competitive and will not enjoy walking in or running much slower, then consider running a shorter distance.
- Remember you are supposed to have fun running. If the race distance you are attempting to run worries you, then it’s no longer fun. Drop down to a shorter distance and enjoy the run.
- And finally, there is always another race. The wonderful thing about running is there is a race everywhere, every weekend and you can choose another race in a month, 2 months or 6 months.