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I ran a local 10k this weekend. Usually I’m a half marathon kinda girl so I wasn’t super on board with this race at first. But after looking at the race website realizing it was only about 8 miles away I decided to go for it. And oh yeah – I am so glad I did. It’s been a little while since I’ve run a smaller, local race and this weekend’s 10k reminded me about all the great reasons to run local.
Here’s my list of great reasons to run a local race:
- It’s close by your bed. Being able to sleep in your own bed is a great way to fight off pre-race jitters. It’s hard enough to sleep without factoring in a hotel room. Also not having to pack all your stuff (read: not risk of forgetting your toothbrush or underwear) eases the mind.
- Less driving and parking time. You know the area. You know the way to get there without Google Maps giving you a lecture and ‘re-routing’ when you make a wrong turn. You may even know a secret way to get there or great parking to avoid an extra wait.
- Smaller field means better stats. You can actually WIN this race. You can place in your age group. You can get the top 10. All of these are a lot easier when it’s a small community race and Kara Goucher isn’t toeing the line in front of you.
- Familiar faces. Local races are a great way to meet new runners that can become friends. A lot of local running groups and meet-up groups attend. After the race consider walking by some of the running groups tents and checking out when and where they run if you’re looking to join.
- Friends!!! You can actually find your friends! I’ve run so many huge races where other people I know are running, but it’s like finding Nemo in the ocean trying to locate them. At my local race I found a friend before and after the race that I didn’t even know was running. We were able to chat and hang out after the race and take a lot of fun pictures. The two of us have probably run 4 other races and not seen each other once at those ones.
Chime in – what is great about local races? Tweet @RunEatRepeat and let her know!