Back to bacon. My very favorite race thus far has been the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, Ohio. I love Cincinnati, so it isn’t surprising I love the Flying Pig. I’ve run another race in Cincinnati, but the appeal and excitement doesn’t compare to the Flying Pig.
The hills in Eden Park were rough. I was so proud I didn’t give in and walk. My plan was to run the entire race – regardless how much it hurt. The crowd support was so awesome, the race didn’t seem that awful. My urge to walk, which I usually begin fighting at mile 3 of every run, did not set in until mile 12. At that point, a Red Foreman attitude kicked in as I told myself to suck it up and finish strong. I ran a PR on that course. How with those hills? Well it was my 3rd half marathon, so I think I am still improving.
I finished the race strong and loved it. I had such a crash a week or two after the race. The post race blues set in hard. What could compete with the Flying Pig? What race is as fun, yet challenging? During the Flying Pig, I saw a man juggling as he ran the marathon. A woman ran the race in a bacon costume. The crowd support lined the course entirely and were amazing. It was very fun. Watching the sunrise as we ran across the bridge, that was an awesome moment as well. I cannot speak enough about that race. I also cannot find a race which draws as much excitement and motivation from me.
I have a half marathon in a couple of weeks, but do not feel the same passion and enthusiasm. It is a small local race and I’m chalking up my lack of interest to the small race atmosphere. We’ll see. It may be the summer heat. I’ve learned my favorite temperatures for running are below 60 degrees. This heat burns my motivation as much as my lawn. What helps you run through the summer? Some people take the winter off from running. I’m considering the opposite and taking the summer off from training. Does anyone do this? The downside for me would be fall is my very favorite season for running…and well everything!
Is another race so fun and comparable to the Flying Pig? Do share!