Stretching Out Your Race Experience

LET’S FACE IT – race entry fees aren’t cheap these days. And when you consider all the ancillary costs of destination events, like driving to the race, snagging a hotel room close to the start, or even getting a flight, expenses really start adding up.

Well, I have some good news: I’ve developed a way to double your race dollar and the experience involved with it.

Here’s how it works. Pick a race that’s near your home, but instead of driving to the start like everyone else, run there. I know some of you have to be thinking,What? That’s crazy!

It’s really not. I do it all the time, and I’m not crazy. (At least the last time I was checked I wasn’t.) More than anything, it’s just a different way of approaching a regular race that’s close to home. In a way, it makes perfect sense to run to the start. You’re making sure you actually do a warmup, and another positive is that it’s completely green.

The pace you maintain to the start of the race doesn’t have to be anything speedy, and it will be nothing close to your race tempo. You wouldn’t do this if you’re running to qualify or you’re aiming for a PB. But other than that, why not give it a try as a way to get more out of your day of running?

I tried this out this past weekend and realised it stretched the value and enjoyment of my race. I ran 14K to the start of a half marathon, completed the half, and then hoofed it back home – stopping for a well-deserved coffee along the way.

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to at least consider running to your next local race, whether it’s a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or even a marathon.

If nothing else, if you ever see me logging some extra Ks before the start of a race, at least throw some food my way as you drive past.

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