Today’s topic for Tuesdays on the Run with my buddies Patty and April is a fun one: How do you handle “challenge” races? How do you train for events that include more than one race? How do you survive the actual event? And how do you recover between and after?
I’ve already given my Tips for Surviving Multi-Day Race Series recently, so I’m just going to chat a bit about why you should do one. After all, they are becoming increasingly popular!
1. It’s a challenge! Duh. Most of us have an trained of a race of some sort, but often that race is a single event, a single point that we are reaching for. With a challenge, you have to figure out how to get your body to run and then get up and run again.
2. It’s fun. A challenge race is often about so much more than how fast you can do it. It’s more about joining the other crazies in doing something fun.
3. The bling. OK, I admit it. I like the extra bling you get for finishing two races at the same event or multiple races held by the same organization. Two races, three medals? Yes please.
4. Carbs, carbs, and more carbs. After all, one must refuel in between races, right?
5. Bragging rights. Yes, I know I’m shallow. What’s your point?
Have you ever done one of the “challenge” races like Goofy or the Frederick Nut Job or one of the RNR Remix races? What did you learn about yourself from it? If not, which one would you like to do?