Thursday, November 12, 2009

Favorite races.

Today's Take it and Run Thursday is a question from a favorite blogger, J (Joanna at Morning Runner)! She asks:

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!

~ Felice


PS: I posted a NYC Marathon slideshow here if like to look at race pics.

15 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i don't do a lot of races either, but I think the 1/2 marathon is my favorite. A challenging distance, without going overboard (for my body). 5/10k's are fun, but I'm not so speedy lol.

26.2 Princess said...

I'm at my best for marathons. I don't know why, but right now, the marathon is my distance. Shorter distances seem to be more difficult in the sense that one would think my pace would be faster given my marathon pace. But I do struggle with really fast miles over very short distances. Hmm, I see a new challenge in my future...

Molly said...

I like the longer distances, I enjoy the challenge of training for them. A big crowd doesn't hurt either...the best is the Boilermaker in Utica, so much fun!!!

kara said...

5K? I always find those short races too FAST. Give me a 5 miler any day!

Kenley said...

Well, great post, as my FIRST race is this Sunday on the 15th. Its a local 5K. I can not wait. I don't have any time expectations as it is my FIRST, but hope to do well. I can then go from there.

Suzy said...

Until recently I'd only finished 5k's. Now that I've run a half-marathon I cannot wait to run another! I think middle distances are best for me.

Marlene said...

Ooooh, great TIART topic. Thanks for the reminder!

I'll have to think about this one.

Teamarcia said...

I do love me a good 5k...short but gut-busting hard. But if asked again tomorrow my answer may change.

Heather said...

You're ideal 5K sounds perfect!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Great topic and great answers. I blogged about my answers to this today too!

J said...

The NYC slideshow was cool! I agree, I have to love the 5k and I kind of want to run one now!!

aron said...

not picky at all :)

ekk 5ks are not my thing though! i havent run one this year, but have one coming up soon... maybe i will love it this time?? :) haha

Meg Runs said...

LONG runs for me, short runs make me nervous!!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I love them all. Absolutely addicted to racing. I am most intrigued with the marathon because it's so technical, and I love trying to get 3-4 months of training to work out right on race day. BUT ... I also like the 5ks. For me it's a great contrast and keeps my training fresh throughout the year.

Adam @ turnupmyworkout.com said...

My favorite race was also my first 5K that I ever did...I didn't feel like I was going to die, but I did feel a great sense of accomplishment. I actually really enjoyed it. It was a big accomplishment for me after losing 110lbs and getting into "race" shape. I was so excited to finish it and now I am working on doing the 9/11 tribute run they have in NYC every year, next year.

-Adam @ TUMW workout music

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