Would you drive 8 hours each way to run in a 10K?
I’m not sure I normally would, but the one I’m want to do is a) in a state I haven’t raced in yet, b) sponsored by a brewery, and c) on a weekend that is four days, thanks to Jones’ school schedule.
The race is on Sunday, so theoretically, we could drive partway on Friday and stop someplace fun. Drive the rest on Saturday and still be there for an associated event. Run on Sunday and then head home – with the potential for stopping if we didn’t want to drive the whole way. Guess I need to pull out a map and figure out what fun stuff there might be on the way to and from.
Summer started for real here this week. I’m not a big fan of summer, so having to entertain two boys when all I want is to stay in the AC is not my idea of fun. It’s not ridiculously hot yet, but hot enough I don’t like it. Today, Shoo had camp for three hours, so Jones and I went mini-golfing and then to the library. Tomorrow they both have camp, so I actually have about 2.5 hours to myself. I have a 7 mile run planned (in the heat, bleh) and then I need to figure out what groceries we desperately need. Once I pick up the kids, we are heading to the pool. We don’t have a neighborhood pool and I’m not a big enough fan of swimming to pony up the money for a pool membership (they start at $400 for the season and go WAY up from there, plus most have waitlists), so we are hitting the regional pool. Hopefully it won’t be too insane.
I did a very hilly four mile run today with an average pace of 9:20. I wasn’t planning hills, but I was trying to stay in the shade and that meant the hilly part of the neighborhood. It wasn’t bad for an 86 degree/high humidity run. I’m so not looking forward to the weeks when the heat goes above 90!
Did I mention I’m not a fan of summer?
13 thoughts on “8 hour drive for a 10K?”
I think I'd only drive that far if there were other things I could add in to justify the trip – I figured the 8 hour drive to Bryce Canyon next weekend is ok because we wanted to go to the National Park at some point anyway, this just happens to have a race too… funny how that happened. Good luck running in the middle of the day! Taking the hills for the shade is the way to go.
Wow, you gotta want it for an 8 hour drive! Gotta make a vacation with a race thrown in for good measure.
I think I would try to roll some other events in.. but if you really want to do it… go for it!
No. I wouldn't. I'm not sure I would drive 2 hrs to do a 10K, definately not 8 hrs. That's just me though…
Heck yeah! If it was for a notch in my belt (or to get another state) I totally would. The fact that it is sponsored by a brewery is even better.
That's a heck of a drive but it sounds like you can make it work by adding other fun stops. And this will allow you to stay in the a/c car 🙂 enjoy your time off while the kids are at camp and good luck at the pool!
It does depend on the race, but 8 hours is a pretty long trip in the car.Enjoy your 7 miler in the heat!
Well, I'm flying from Michigan to Sacramento, California, to run a 5K, so, no, I don't think driving for 8 hours to do a 10K is on the too crazy end of the crazy runner spectrum. :)(Of course, my trip to CA is a vacation, and the 5K just happens to be conveniently scheduled at the same time.)And it's sponsored by a brewery? Well, then…go for it!
You and me both! Unless I can spend my days laying by the pool or lake, NOT a fan of summer at all. If you can find some fun places to stop on the way to the race, go for it! Fun family road trip!
i say go for it. i love seeing new things, and you can cross off another state. making more of a trip out of it will make it more worthwhile 🙂
Think of it as driving 8 hrs to check another state off your list – more than just a 10K! I would do it. My husband would not approve.Good luck with the summer running!
You had me at "brewery".
I think that is a long way to go for a race. Now, if you can find other fun things to do, it is totally worth it. I am planning on driving at least 6 hours in December or January to run a marathon. I just have to figure out if I want to drive to Vegas (5+ hours), Sacramento(8 hours), Tucson or Phoenix (both about 6 hours). But those are four hour races, not one hour.Hopefully, you can make it a nice long weekend.Can you justify flying on a cheap ticket and going by yourself?