Today is National Running Day and in honor of the day we’re talking running favorites. In case you haven’t read Lauren Fleshman’s article on why the 5K is “Freaking Awesome” you should (find it HERE). In her article she outlined 10 reasons why the 5K is arguably the best distance to race. It got me thinking about my favorite distances to race and train, and some of my favorite routes and races.
Here are some of my favorites:
Favorite Distance to Race: The 5K for sure. I love how it takes all your effort and focus from start to finish. I love the way it is tactical: running at your threshold while trying to leave something for that final kick. And it’s a race. I love to race 5K’s…and race to win. It’s fun and kind of scary and a big adrenaline rush.
Favorite Distance to Train for: I love training for the half marathon. It’s not as taxing as the marathon and doesn’t require sacrificing weekend mornings to a 3+ hour run. But it does require higher mileage and longer runs, enough to make you feel like you’re working for something.
Favorite Race: I’ve run races with 30,000 runners and races with 50. I have to say that my favorite race is probably the Big Lake Half Marathon, in the rain or the sun I love the course and what it makes me think of and how it makes me feel.
Favorite Route: In all the places I’ve lived I always have a favorite place to run. It is the place that to me feels like a sanctuary: it feels holy, sacred. Usually it is a quiet place: peaceful and picturesque. I haven’t been out there this summer, but there is a 15 mile loop near where we live that takes you up and over a small mountain. After you crest the mountain you wind down this road:
Why do you run? What are your favorites? Distance to race? Distance to train for? Race? Running route? How will you celebrate National Running Day?
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