Pros & Cons of Running a Destination Race

Today Nicole from Live Laugh Eat Run is going to be talking about the pros and cons of running a destination race, while I am this morning actually RUNNING a destination race! The 10k portion of the Dumbo Double Dare is this morning! eekkkk!

Destination Race Photo Disneyworld 2011

Here we go!

Pros

You get to travel! I love traveling, so this is definitely the number one reason for me to do destination races. New places, new things to see, it’s all so exciting.

If you’re going to a LARGE destination race, i.e., RunDisney or Rock ‘n’ Roll races, you usually get a pretty awesome shirt and medal at the end of the race. And I am all about the bling.

Buzz factor. There is SO much energy at a large destination race that you can’t help but feel overcome with excitement to GO! I love running with thousands of people all intending to reach the same goal, to cross that finish line.

Cons

You forgot to pack your visor, your arm band, your shoes, etc. Or, you packed your visor, arm band and shoes in your checked luggage and the airline lost your bag! ALWAYS pack your most important running items in your carry on. Better safe than sorry.

Not knowing your way around town easily and getting lost on your way to picking up your race packet/getting to the start line. When we were in Barcelona, we did the Cursa dels Nassos 10k. We had NO idea where to go to pick up our packets and basically ended up across town (I am directionally challenged). We eventually got them and were able to find our way to the start the next day, but it was a little stressful.

Large races sometimes have SO MANY PEOPLE. As I said before they have great energy, but sometimes you can get a little overwhelmed with the amount of people you are surrounded by.

All that said, I do highly recommend, if you’re a runner, to try a destination race. If it’s in the middle of a city you’re not familiar with, it’s a great way to see the sights! There are so many that I want to do, like Marine Corps Half Marathon, Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon and the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Half. One of these days I’ll get there!

Until then, keep on keeping on.

QOTD: Is there anything I am leaving off this list?

Relay Packing List

 

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So in case you missed it, Bobby and I headed out of town on Thursday afternoon for a weekend getaway, which ended up being so much fun and exactly what we needed. Sad to be back to reality though. I am headed to yoga this morning, then it’s back to work.

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In five days, I will embark on my first ultra-marathon relay.

My 6 man team will cover over 128 miles in a day. Our van is going to smell awful, but we are going to have FUN! This is the first relay for all of us, but we have done research, asked experienced rely runners a lot of questions, and I think we have  good grip on what it will be like. With that being said, I give you…my packing list! I hope this will help anyone preparing for a relay, and also, please let me know if there is something I am leaving out!

RELAY PACKING LIST:

-ziploc bags

-one running outfit per leg (5 legs)(skirt, top, sports bra, socks)

-visor

-deodorant

-running shoes

– body glide

-garmin

-sunglasses

-towels

-baby wipes

-toothbrush/paste

-first aid kit

-water bottle

-GU

-camera/charger

-cell phone/charger

-sunscreen

-toilet paper

-trash bags

-paper towels

-iPod/headphones

-brush/hair ties

-GO Sport ID

-cash

-drivers license

AS A TEAM we will also have things like:

-shoe polish and other van decorations

-protein bars

-fruit

-sandwiches

-fuel (powerade, Nuun, drink chia)

-water

-peanut butter

-pretzels

-string cheese

-cooler/ice

-utensils/ziploc bags/paper plates

-flashlights/vests/headlamps/butt lights

Ok guys, what am I forgetting?

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No, Bella…you can’t come.

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