throwback to my 2nd half marathon in 2014
I’m sure ya’ll are already giggling that I am writing about racing local because the Mr. and I travel near and far for races. I love a good racecation, but there are so many benefits to racing in your city. Recently the Mr. and I have been making more of an effort to do local races together. It’s been such a different race experience.
Know The Course. I think one of the biggest benefits to running in your city is you know the course. There aren’t any surprise hills and chances are you have been training on similar terrain. Often when we travel for a racecation I don’t have much information about the course. Sure I can pull it up on the race website and review the elevation chart, but that’s different than driving or running an area frequently. When you run local you have a better idea of the race course, which makes race day so much more fun. You can look forward to landmarks along the way to help get you through to the next mile.
Amenities. There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed. You also get to follow your typical long run routine which can sometimes lead to better performance on race there. There is no guess work on what you will be eating the night before and the morning of and you have all the gear you could possibly need right at your fingertips.
Cheaper. While the actual race entry fees may not be any cheaper than a destination race, you don’t have the expense of staying in a hotel, driving or flying, eating out for meals or boarding your dog. This also means you have less to worry about leading up to the big day, because the only you have to worry about is getting to the race.
Distances. Another reason to consider a local race is that you can run any distance you want without having to worry about it affecting the rest of your weekend. Often times when we travel I plan all our activities around how I can expect to feel after the race. Usually post race activities include light sightseeing and restaurant reservations. Racing in your city means you don’t have to do anything else after the race if you don’t want to.
Community. This is best reason to race in your city. You get to experience something with others that live in your neighborhood or race with friends. You get to support your local community by giving to a worthy cause or running with your weekly run group. Support your local running club by attending their event or help your local elementary school raise some money.
Don’t forgot to join your local running group or visit your local running store to stay up to day on events in your area too!
Do you tend to race a lot of local events?
What’s your favorite local race?