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Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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what day for races? Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:52 pm 

I've noticed that most of the local races here are on Sundays. That's a bit of a pain for folks who are training long-distance training for a marathon or ultra and who normally do long runs on the weekends.

Say you want to do a 5K, but it's on a Sunday. You either have to move your long run to Saturday and have a lousy race on Sunday, or do your long run AFTER Sunday's race. Wouldn't Saturday make a lot more sense for shorter races? Then people could still do their long runs on Sunday, albeit with some extra fatigue.

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: what day for races? Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:13 pm 

I do my long runs on Saturday, but I'll adjust the weeks surrounding my races to 'target' them so I do maybe some longer mid week runs on either side of the race itself if I plan to miss my longrun. If I don't care about my time I just run it tired. I actually find races on Saturday nice when I'm travelling because I hate 'going to bed early' on Saturday night, then jumping on the plane right after the race. It kind of kills the weekend (which reminds me, MFOX, I'm looking to come to NYC for the Snowflake 4 Mile). For shorter races, I'm becoming a BIG fan of the weekday night 5k or 10k. For longer races, 1/2 full, my training schedule is geared towards that race day anyway.


South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: what day for races? Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:14 pm 

Looks like someone talked you into coming to NYC sooner than later. The Snowflake 4-miler should be fun and you'll get a Buff instead of a T-shirt (a nice change of pace). The race covers the 4-mile "inside" loop of Central park. That is, there is one big loop inside central park (6+ miles) with two "transverses" that cut across; one near the north end and one near the south end. The 4-mile loop is a loop from one transverse (102nd St.) to the other (72nd St.) on one side of the park and then back on the other side of the park. The course doesn't include the infamous "harlem hill" at the northern end but does include "cat hill" on the southeastern side near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don't worry...neither hill is really that bad but the entire "big" loop is a little bit of up and down and these two hills become annoying.

I don't know why they are splitting up the race into one for the men and one for the women. I'm starting to see more and more women only races. I hope this isn't becoming a popular trend. Some of my best races where when there was a women running strong in front of me that I tried to stay with. On the other hand, you can look forward to hanging around after the men's race (if it's not too cold) and cheering for the ladies.

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