So last week I weighed it all out and decided I am absolutely going to run the Suffolk County Half Marathon this Sunday just for fun.
I even ran 6.2 miles of hills this past weekend and felt great.
Now that my mind is made up, I’m starting to brainstorm what I want to do during my 2+ hour jaunt. I’ve never really run a race just for fun, so I’m trying to have a repertoire of all the things I’d like to do:
1. Find a buddy
I think my adjusted goal is to run around 2 hours, so when I was at my run Sunday I asked around. I now have an idea of some buddies I can pace with, and I’m sure I’ll find some more along the way. It’ll be a great opportunity to catch up with some people I haven’t talked with in a while.
2. Take your phone (and use it)
I don’t think I’ve ever raced with my phone before, but this could be a great opportunity to document my 13.1 mile journey like I never have before. I’ll probably wear my Flipbelt (affiliate link) so I don’t have to actually hold it the whole time, but I’m looking forward to some fun selfies along the way.
3. Have zero goals
I kind of already did this, but as you can see, I keep mentioning this 2 hour thing. I even need to let that go ASAP. For my training (or lack there of), 2 hours may not even be realistic. I need to just have fun, feel good, and go with it. As of publishing this, I’m still deciding if I should wear my Garmin or forgo it altogether!
As a bonus, I’m sure I’ll have some down time to let my mind wander and craft up some new ideas, mentally plan my meals for the week, and even plan my next actual race 😉
I’d love to know…any other tips for running a race just for fun?
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