One of the best things about running is that you can do it just about anywhere, and often with only a minimal amount of planning ahead of time. All you really need are comfortable clothes, running shoes, and a water bottle.
Confession time: I've never traveled for a race. All of the races I've run have been in NYC, either starting or ending in Central Park, except for one 5K I ran while a student at Michigan State. The only time I couldn't walk to the start line was when I ran the marathon last fall. Yes, I have it pretty easy, but it's not very exciting.
As I've been struggling to get through this latest injury, I've been dreaming of the day when I can run again, and when I can race again. (Not because I actually compete, but because I love the rush and comraderie.) Since I had to bail from the half marathon last month, I want to get another one on my schedule for later this year once I'm running again. I want a big race to train for. I need a race to train for. A goal to accomplish. So, this has me thinking about racing in general.
A lot of runners often travel for races all over the country. I love running in different cities when I'm on vacation and would love to take a trip with a race being the main activity. After talking with other runners, reading websites like Runner's World, Active.com, and other blogs, I put together a list of races that sound like a lot of fun and would require a little bit of traveling (of course, this list may grow at any time).
In no particular order:
1. Bayshore Half Marathon in Traverse City, MI
I love TC and think it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It would be amazing to run along the bays!
2. Heart of a Spartan 10k in East Lansing, MI
This is a new one and I'd love to support local charities and nothing compares to the feeling you get when you run through the tunnel of Spartan Stadium (although this time there won't be thousands of football fans screaming and singing the fight song).
3. Rock 'n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon in Philadelphia, PA
I have had a love affair with Philly since I was a kid. This race just sounds like fun and isn't too far away. Plus, I could see some friends!
4. The Crescent City Classic 10k in New Orleans, LA
I've only been to NOLA once, but my sister and her husband lived there and loved the city. It has an amazing history and culture and anything we can do to support it is fantastic.
5. Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco, CA
Do I really need to say why I'd love to run this race? I've heard it's one of the best races for women in the country. Plus, SF is beautiful and it would be a great vacation spot. (although I'm not a fan of the race website. It's kind of annoying.)
6. Wine Country Half Marathon in Napa Valley, CA
Beautiful scenery and a wine & music festival at the finish line! Sounds great to me!
7. The Cooper River Bridge Run 10k in Charleston, SC
A beautiful and historical city, I'm sure there are plenty of opportunities for Woody to go golfing, and beautiful scenery from the race course (or so I've read)!
8. Great Cow Harbor 10k in Northport, NY (Long Island)
Close to home and a great excuse to finally get out to Long Island. Apparently the scenery is great and the non-profit race supports the Special Olympics of Long Island.
If you've traveled for a race, what is the best tip you can give to making it a successful trip? What race(s) would you love to travel for?
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90 minute Bikram Yoga class