You may have gathered by now that I am an early riser–part of it is that by nature, part of it by design. I’ve learned over the years that I’m going to greatly increase my odds of getting my workouts in if I do them early. And so with the exception of a few runs in summer designed to acclimate me to the heat, and during marathon training when I’ll add in two-a-days, I’m primarily done with training well before many people are even contemplating breakfast.
This generally works well with the race schedule, too. With the exception of a few big races, like Boston or New York, most races are held early in the day. (And for you race directors out there, I think there’s nothing better than a 7 a.m. start!).
So it would seem to defy logic that I’d sign up for a race that begins at 8:45 p.m., but that’s what I just did. Mr. Zippy and the kids are going camping later in July with a friend and his kids. His wife is a runner and when she heard the date of the planned camping trip, she asked if I’d like to join her for an 8k near her house. Well, why not? The Rockville Rotary 8k it is.
I’ve never run a race that late in the day. Actually, I’m usually asleep by that time of the day. But anyhow, I’m game. The biggest challenge I can see will be how to eat. With morning events, I have it down to a science. Evening will be trial and error, to be sure. Heat will be another issue–this race has a reputation of always being hot, and I’m guessing that evening will be much hotter than early morning.
Whatever the case, I think it will be fun to get out of the comfort zone and try something new. I do like the 8k distance so that holds plenty of appeal for me. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Anyone ever run an evening race? What are the pros/cons to it?