Every season I have races that are high priority races with a few lower priority races. As an athlete, I go into every race with a race plan ready to give it my all. Sometimes I might go into a lower priority race a little tired but that doesn't mean I can't have good results. Lower priority races are a great place to gain race experience, practice race strategies or use as a tune up for a higher priority race. For example, this weekend I am doing a 1/2 marathon road race in Jackson (a tune up race). It will be a speed workout with some intensity. The following weekend is a high priority race with a gravel road section at the end of the race. I hope to draw from my 1/2 experience during these final miles. Higher priority races are a time when all my training and racing experience come together. I would love Eric to chime in on a coaches perspective to different races. Good luck to everybody and happy racing!!