I love racing, obviously, and I had actually seen someone do a "Race Superlatives" post a long time ago. I thought I would do that today, especially since we don't really have anything new going on right now. Our life is: train, eat, sleep, repeat. Oh and some work thrown in there too for good measure.
Most Fun Race
This is a tough one, so many of our races are fun! I think that Seneca7 takes the prize for this superlative, though.
Love this team
Running 77.7 miles around Seneca Lake, peeing on the Sheriff's property (oops!), running with Mike, my mom and our friends, having our own personal cheering squad and running for whoopie pies, what could be more fun than that?
Most Difficult Race
Wineglass Marathon, hands down.
A marathon is difficult, challenging and grueling on its own but I had mental challenges that I needed to overcome that I never expected would happen. Seeing Mike DNF at 18.5 miles added a unique challenge that I had to overcome on my own. It was difficult and I wanted to give up, but I didn't. Of course there were also the physical difficulties, such as feeling tired, my back was in excruciating pain, etc. but those were overshadowed by the mental difficulties that I faced on the day of our first marathon.
Most Scenic Race
The Cape Cod Half Marathon was extremely scenic, Cape Cod is beautiful and you run by Nobska Point Lighthouse.
Obviously not during the race!
Although the race didn't go exactly how I wanted it to, the views made it worth it and I would definitely recommend this race if you are looking for pretty views to take your mind off of the fact that you are racing!
Most Boring Race
Boring? Hmm, that's a tough one. I don't think that while I am racing that any race is boring, but after the fact there are a few that didn't do much for me. The Polar Bear Series half marathon's course is pretty boring (it's an out and back and not in a very interesting area), but when we ran it it was 75 degrees in March. Not really boring then, it was pretty challenging in fact!
Mike finishing the race
Most Nostalgic Race
I don't have one that is completely nostalgic right now, that will be the MDI Marathon since I am from there, but pacing Crystal at the Hyannis Marathon while running a two-person relay with Mike was one of my happiest moments as a runner so far.
Sheer and utter happiness
I was honored to share this moment with Crystal! It brought back feelings from our marathon and hopefulness that we will feel this happy when we finish the Cleveland Marathon.
Best Post Race Party
The Boilermaker 15K.
Happy runners post-race
I got to drink blueberry beer, I don't really need to say much more.
Best "Feeling of Accomplishment" Race
Keuka Lake Sprint Triathlon, our first triathlon. We had worked so hard and I felt like a real triathlete, finally!
Exiting the swim
We loved this race so much that we are doing it again this year, but the Intermediate distance this time!
Best Time at a Race While not Racing
I had an amazing time spectating and cheering on runners, and our friend Amber, at the Niagara Falls International Marathon. We got to spend time with Ali, Colin and Logan which made it extra special!
Break through the wall
I would definitely love to spectate another race like this, it is so inspiring to see runners achieving their goals, and it is fun to cheer them on!
Now your turn, I want to know your race superlative winners!