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Not Racing This Fall? Here Are 5 Things To Do Instead.

It seems like everyone will have a big goal race this fall, and if you happen to be someone who doesn’t (raises hand) you may feel left out. Instead of having a pity party of one, here are 5 things you can do to be a part of the action:

One: Schedule A Weekend Getaway

Why: Because you have that luxury and don’t have to worry about a training plan, squeezing in long runs or curbing alcohol and dessert intake. Instead, relish in the fact you can stay out late, sleep in and run if you feel like it.

Also, September marks the beginning of the “off-season” for most sunny destinations and flights and hotels are sure to be cheaper!

Related: 7 Things Runners Should Do During The Off-Season

Two: Volunteer At A Race

Why: Because you’re a good person who likes to give back to the community that has given her so much. Or because it’s the best way to get in on the action without having to do the training.

Every runner should be on the other side of the water station at least once in their career. It’s a very uplifting and motivating experience to cheer on the runners from the sidelines, while knowing a thing or two about proper cup hand-off.

Three: Offer Your Sherpa Services To A Friend

Why: You know how stressful race day can be and having someone there to help carry your stuff, manage your car keys, gels and water can be a huge help on race morning. Be that person!

If you want to really help, study the race route and offer to be at different locations to cheer, have water or fuel or just be that familiar face at mile 20. Sometimes just showing up for a friend on race day goes a long way.

Four: Watch A Friend’s Kids Or Pet

Why: You may know from experience how hard it is to schedule those long training runs, so take the pressure off by offering to watch the kids or pets for a few hours. There are so many stressors leading up to race day and the simple gesture of offering to help with the kids or dog just may give your running friend the boost they need before the taper!

My top five will include finding something completely unique to do that has nothing to do with running, volunteering or being a race sherpa and offering to help watch kids or dogs for people who are racing and need to de-stress.

Five: Plan Your Next Race

Why: Because after a fall of watching epic marathons or cheering friends and relatives at local races you will be sure to catch the racing bug. There are plenty of spring races you can start training for, or perhaps you want to try and conquer something completely new like snowshoe racing or even an ultra. The racing world is your oyster.

Once you have your plan set be sure to ask friends to return the favors of pet and kid sitting and race-day sherpa duties…not that you did that for the returned favor but…

Related: 5 Tips To Approach Your Next Race The Smart Way

Are you doing any of the above this fall or has anyone helped you though the last weeks of training leading up to race day? Let us know on Twitter @womensrunning #racesupport

Allie Burdick

Allie Burdick

Allie is a freelance writer, athlete and mom, but not in that order. Her work has appeared in Runner's World, Triathlon Magazine and ESPNW. On her blog, VITA Train for Life, she chronicles her life as a runner/triathlete and hopes her successes and failures help to motivate and inspire others, even the over-40 crowd she somehow found herself in! The rest of her time is spent raising her twin boys with her husband in the Northeast where they live a big life! See it all on Twitter and Instagram.