Today’s Tuesdays On The Run topic is favorite race distance. As you can tell from my race calendar in the sidebar, my favorite race distance is the 10 Miler. Here are my top ten reasons for loving 10 mile races.
10 miles or 10 kilometers? 10 miles of course!
Reasons 1-3: 10 Milers are better than 10Ks
1. Logistics. For me a 10 mile race means about 1.5 hours of running, and that’s worth the logistical efforts of picking up my race bib, getting to a race venue early, and waiting around for the start. For shorter races, the ratio of running time to non-running time makes me question the return on investment, and I can’t help but think that I could be done with my run and enjoying my Starbucks before the race even starts. 😉
2. Training. I enjoy running 8-10 miles on the weekends, which is the perfect distance to train for a 10 mile race. For a shorter race, I’d have to focus more on speed than distance, and would miss my favorite long runs. Plus, I have a hard time doing speed workouts without getting injured, although training at the track instead of on the treadmill seems to be less risky for me.
3. Effort. Maybe because I do so many 10 mile races, I am getting pretty good at pacing myself (except for this ugly PR). I have a hard time pushing my pace for a 10K, but I can sustain a hard effort for 10 miles and be proud of my finish time.
Reasons 4-6: 10 Milers are better than Half Marathons
4. Price. I know there are some pricey 10Ks, but race fees seem to go up with race distance, and Half Marathons can be quite expensive, with many popular ones topping $100. Most of my favorite 10 mile races are still in the $75 range, which is a price point I’m comfortable with.
5. Training. While I enjoy running 8-10 miles on the weekends, running much longer seems to aggravate my cranky ITB and/or piriformis. It is possible to train for a Half Marathon without running longer than 10 miles, but during the few I’ve done I’ve always wished I had gotten more used to running for more than 1.5 hours so maybe that last 1/2 hour wouldn’t be quite so hard.
6. Effort. This is probably where my Type-A, self-competitive personality works against me, but I have a hard time adjusting my race goals for the extra distance of a Half Marathon. I want to finish in the sub-2:00 range, but it is hard to sustain a 9:00 min/mile pace for 13.1 miles! Plus, I have never finished a 10 miler and wished I had another 5K to go!
Reasons 7-10: Great 10 Mile Races
Maybe one reason I love 10 mile races so much is because we have so many great ones in the Washington, D.C. area. (Click the race name to read my latest race recap.)
9. The Reston Perfect 10 (Just did this one for the first time!)
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