I'm linking up with Erika, Patty, and April for Tuesdays on the Run, a link-up talking about all things running!
current 5K PR, where I had a pace close to 9 minute per mile. Or does it just mean my favorite overall race?
I decided I'd select the best race I've ever run based on a mix of all of those things. So, without further ado, that race is...
It's my current half marathon PR.
I had very low expectations going in to this race, which led to a great mental race for me.
Since I was undertrained for the race, I didn't really set lofty goals for it. My low expectations for myself meant that I was able to just enjoy the race experience and not worry about anything. I also knew that I was going to run/walk the race, so knowing that the walking break was coming allowed me to really push it when I could.
There was a lot of diversity on the course.
There was a great post-race party.
The race was pretty well-organized.
It wasn't perfect, but the race was well-organized overall. They also made up for areas where they were lacking. For example, they weren't very well staffed at the packet pick-up, so they delayed the start by just a few minutes when people were still arriving to the starting line in droves. A well-organized race always makes the day-of so much better!
It was a smaller race with plenty of room on the course.
I was able to pass people when needed and not feel crowded when people were passing me. With a small field of runners and a wide running lane, I was a happy runner!
Overall, the race was just fun!
Question for you: What things do you consider when defining the best race you've ever run?