In the few days that have passed since I ran my 10th half-marathon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the races I’ve completed over the years.
I started running about 9 years ago and, in addition to half-marathons, I’ve run dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks and other races.
I realized that my favorite races were the ones that I wasn’t trying to PR and that I was running with the intention to have fun.
I don’t really like spending a race checking my running watch and pushing myself really hard. I find satisfaction in simply finishing a race and having had a good time.
One of my favorite races I’ve done is the MidSummer Night’s Trail Run in Hastings, NE. It was an evening four-mile trail run that took place in July in Highland Park, which is located outside the city. I think the last time I ran this race was in 2013.
This race took place each summer from 2011 to 2015, but they aren’t planning another one.
I loved this race so much because I didn’t put pressure on myself to run fast. I didn’t have a lot of experience running on trails, so I went in knowing that I would just do what I could.
I also loved watching the sun set as the race began. Most of the race route went through a wooded area, so head lamps were necessary.
It had an element of creepiness to it that made it exciting.
The BF and I always ran this race together, which made it fun.
This was back when I was running fast (for me)! 4 miles in 43:09!!
Because there are soooooo many traditional morning 5Ks around here, it would be fun if there was something unique like this trail run.
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*Eventbrite asked if I would share details from one of my favorite races. All thoughts and opinions are my own, of course.
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