What is your favorite race? Do you live for the marathons or crave a 5k? Would you rather race in the morning, afternoon, or at night? Do you like big races with tons of people and encouraging crowds or do you prefer the smaller hometown races?I'm not the raciest (har, har) runner. I only run a handful of races each year -- about five or so. But, I have some preferences, for sure. I'm more of a short distance runner; I enjoy the 5K.
My ideal race would be a well-organized 5K with a few hundred people in it, that begins at 10am in the late spring or early fall. And that has a fast course, with not too many twists and turns but enough easy hills to make it interesting. Oh, and one that has some decent crowd support along the way. And oranges at the finish line.
But I'm not picky.
Some of my favorite races haven't fit that mold at all. One favorite will always be the first race I ran even though I almost passed out after running it. (I wrote all about it waaaaay back before I even had this blog here.) I hated the actual race because I did think I would die but I love that it gave me desire to run and race. Plus, it was my first race and I learned what not to do in it. That counts for something!
Other favorite races include my fastest 5K, my first 15K and, of course, my first (and so far only) marathon.
All this talk of racing makes me want to run one! Hmm . . .
Now, what about you? Do you have a favorite race? Check out J or Take it and Run Thursday or, heck, leave me a comment!
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Another great shorts run mid-day yesterday! I'm feeling a little bit spoiled.
Have a great day, everyone!
PS: I posted a NYC Marathon slideshow here if like to look at race pics.