While I’m enjoying the beaches in Hawaii, I’ve asked some of my favourite people to pop in and guest post for me.
Jen and I met two years ago (I think?) and we’ve moved past being “blogging friends” to friends, and I’m super excited to have her share about race travels. If you think I travel a lot, I have nothing on Jen!
Hello, everyone! While Ange is away, she has asked me, Jen, from Pretty Little Grub to guest post. After reading this post be sure to hop on over to my blog to read all about nutrition, running, travel and beauty tips. I share a little bit of everything.
Since Ange is away running a destination race in Hawaii (who else is jealous), I thought it was only fitting that I talk about my experiences running destination races, also known as a racecation (running vacation).
I live in Calgary but more often than not, my races take place far away because I love combining travel and running. So far I’ve run in Toronto, New York, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Antonio, Seattle, and San Diego. Check out all the recaps here. After all that running and travelling, I guess I’m pretty well equipped to give some advice on choosing the best racecation destination.
With so many races out there, choosing a destination can be the hardest part (besides the actual training). I usually choose a race destination based on one of three factors – course profile, race/travel experience or meeting friends.
If you’re looking to get a new PR or perhaps if you’re super speedy, hoping to Boston Qualify, there are good and bad courses to choose. Usually, when trying to PR, I look for a flat course at a lower elevation. Living in Calgary (3400ft elevation) running can be tough. When I travel to a place at a lower elevation, I feel like I can run forever. I definitely use that to my advantage during races.
I chose the Phoenix half-marathon because it’s known as a fast course built for PRs. And it worked, I got a new PR (at the time) there.
Sometimes, a race is all about the experience. You can choose a destination based on the vacation experience you’d like to have (like Ange in Hawaii) or the race experience – a great race known for scenery or perks.
I chose the New York Marathon as my first marathon for the race experience. Millions of people cheering you on and the support of fellow runners every step of the way. There’s nothing like it.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas half marathon was definitely about the vacation experience. Trying to PR in this city would be very difficult because not only is the race at night, which offers a unique challenge, but who really is going to be staying off their feet, not drinking and not indulging in Vegas? Certainly not me. I hammered down a shake shack burger and fries right before the start of the half marathon and I dressed up as a Las Vegas showgirl. Fun was the one and only agenda.
I’ve met a lot of great friends through running. Unfortunately, they live all over the place and many of them I’ve never actually met in real life. But choosing a race where you know some of your online friends will be, makes it all the more fun. That’s what made me sign up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon.
It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends I’ve met at previous races and meet tons of new people.
No matter the criteria you use to choose a race destination, ultimately just enjoy the experience. You’re on vacation after all!
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