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Thursday, November 12, 2009

TIART: Racing Favorites

For this week's Take it and Run Thursday, Joanna 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?"

My favorite race of all time, at this moment, is the 2009 Philadelphia Distance Run. That's because everything was right - weather, course, friends -- everything. And I set a PR.

Besides that, I generally guarantee that I like Disney Races more than others, and I would like to be able to do them all. I am definitely going to miss doing the Disney Marathon weekend in 2011, which we'll miss due to a vacation conflict.

As far as distance goes, I am happiest in the middle distance. I like 10 Milers and Half Marathons. 5ks and 10ks are just too short - I feel like I have to sprint through them in order to get a decent time, and I hate that feeling of running so fast that I'm out of breath the entire race. I'm getting constantly better and faster, but I still hate that feeling. Fast is not my specialty, long is my specialty. However, that doesn't mean that the marathon is my race, either. There comes a point where we're talking TOO long. Marathons tend to fit into that category, but maybe I'll feel differently in a couple of months. I haven't run a marathon in two years, and I've never had one that I consider "good."

Morning, noon or night? Morning. Todd is all excited about the half marathon that we're planning to run next year that takes place in the evening, but I prefer to get up and get it over with, and then have the rest of the day to spend relaxing and enjoying that after-race feeling. Spending an entire day in anticipation of a race isn't fun for me. And, well, afternoon races just seem to blow your whole day.

Big Races vs. Hometown races? I'm in between. I like both. Certainly, big races can be fun, but it's also nice to see the little amenities that a small race will have.

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