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Hump Day Giveaway: Home vs. Away?

October 13, 2010
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I wish this is what air travel looked like.

 

I know hate is a strong word, but I hate to travel. I hate undressing in front of strangers and having the TSA people wave their wands wherever they want. I hate that everybody treats the gate as their cubicle, gabbing on their cell phones like nobody can hear them. On the rare occasions I don’t have Mr. Can-You-E-Mail-Me-That-Very-Important-Powerpoint-About-Selling-Widgets barking next to me, CNN is blaring at volumes usually reserved for senior citizen homes. I hate that, even if I pack a 2,000 calories worth of healthy snacks, I must buy crap that usually involves a pack of M’n’M’s that cost $2.50. Most of all, I hate that, in order to have my knees not in my mouth, I am supposed to fork over $40 or so for a “premium” seat with a tantalizing three or so extra inches of leg room.

O.k., done bitching. As much as I loathe the friendly skies, I love the destination, especially when it involves a new race. A new course means new sights, new people, new altitude (usually lower than the 5,280 lung-sucking feet of Denver), new excuses to rationalize not meeting my goals (no idea the hills were that bad. no idea: an excuse I used quite copiously in at the Austin Half-Marathon). I’ll take a virgin course over retracing my steps at a familiar race anytime: something about that demon you don’t know. One of the few times I’ve done the same race is the Nike Women’s Marathon. As you know, I ran the full in 2007, and then returned in 2009 for the half, which was definitely the order to do it. Felt like I’d choked down the Brussels sprouts in 2007, and two years later, I got to return for a fat slice of chocolate cake.

But there’s also something to be said–a huge thing–for staying home. For sleeping in my own bed. For knowing that I can toast my pre-race English muffin exactly how I like it, then slather it with my preferred peanut butter (365 brand from Whole Foods, if you care: one of the few things I find is cheaper there than other grocery stores). For being done with a race by 10 a.m. and being able to get on with the day and sleep in my own bed again. For knowing I’ll see familiar faces on the course, even though that usually means I’ll only get one sip of the post-race chocolate milk and a nibble on the bagel before my support crew whisks them away.

The Merrell Charade in sangria: like the drink, makes you happy and warm.

Whether you’re a newbie racer or a veteran of hundreds of races, what do you prefer: home or away? Why? Let us know and one random commenter will take home a styley, brand new Merrell Charade jacket, a lightweight, insulated (and v. cute) jacket that multitasks as well as any mother does. It works for travel (the coolest feature: stuff it into one of its own pockets to form a neck pillow); it keeps you warm while spectating (the Primaloft insulation, made of half recycled and half new fibers, keeps you toasty when the only body part you’re moving is your vocal cords); it stuffs easily into a post-race bag, so you can ward off the shakes after you cross the line; it makes you look like you put some thought into your clothing as you taxi over to hockey practice on a random Wednesday night.

So. Do you prefer to be a homebody or a frequent flier?

p.s. The winner of the K-Swiss Ironman-inspired kit will be announced on our Facebook page today. (Getting the Wednesday/Wendesday drill down? I think I finally have a system.) Be sure to like our FB page if you’re coming to it or here for the first time.

317 Comments leave one →
  1. Tricia permalink
    October 13, 2010 3:42 am

    Although a home race is in my comfort zone (sleeping in my own bed is always a plus) being away makes it much more exciting and worth the wait. New things to explore and keep your brain busy while you are wondering why you did this in the first place?!

  2. Jill permalink
    October 13, 2010 4:39 am

    Home because I love home for me… Away because I do enjoy not having to deal with ‘home’ on a race morning…

  3. October 13, 2010 4:46 am

    I don’t really have a choice. Home doesn’t include any 1/2s nearby (as in closer than 2 hours away) so if I want to do the distance, I have to travel. For our 1/2 in Sept, we stayed with friends in a suburb outside Omaha; that was nice but they had night church, we saw a movie, so we really just slept on their extra bed and left super early.

    I would love to sleep in my own bed the night before the race, though. I love my bed! BUT I think actually traveling would be nice, too. But the $$ is just not something we can do right now. πŸ™‚

  4. Allyson permalink
    October 13, 2010 4:49 am

    Home. I’m with you on the airport mess. Nothing worse than having your arms in the air while a strange man runs a wand all over you! I like the comforts of home on a race morning. Next best thing to home is a race in my parent’s home town. πŸ™‚

  5. Katie permalink
    October 13, 2010 4:57 am

    I prefer “away” because it’s a mini-vacation of sorts. As long as I bring my pillow, I can sleep well anywhere.

  6. Gabrielle Bedell permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:00 am

    I’m going to say I like hometown races more. All around less hassle, and considering my kids are 2.5 and 1, there’s always alot of hassel involved in traveling. But I dream about destination races too, like the NYC Marathon (should be there 11/7, but no, thank you plantar fascitis!) and I’d love to see more of the west coast via 26.2. Maybe someday….

  7. Den permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:21 am

    I like a mix of both! Home races allow the comforts of home – your own food, knowing where to go and park, no worries about forgetting something. Being in my own bed the night before a race is a definite plus. but being in a new city is exciting – especially for a race b/c you get to see and feel the city by running thru it rather than racy around in a car/bus/train/etc. When I get the chance to travel for running – it’s usually a girls’ trip which is also special – great bonding time with my buds!

  8. Laurie Allin permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:30 am

    I’m a home person, but I do suck it up to travel, which I never did as a child. An Army brat that moved to Colorado in the 1st grade, I crossed the state line once (via the road trip from hell with my mother) only once before I graduated from college. Yep age 24 before an airplane trip that I can remember. I love Colorado but now I want lots of stamps in my passport, and my daughters. I won’t travel to race though, my husband does enough of that for the both of us. My stomach is definitely a homebody and I can’t imagine it ever being race ready on the road.

  9. Kristin permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:31 am

    I prefer home races to away ones. My family can easily cheer for me and it doesn’t have to break the bank with costs of travel. Although I would love to do the Disney marathon once and make a vacation out of it.

  10. October 13, 2010 5:32 am

    I’ve never flown anywhere for a race but I have done multi-hour road trips. Given the right mix of company (read: sisters and good friends are amazing but probably wouldn’t mix as well on a trip with my husband and kids along) they are AWESOME. So far I’ve always been the only runner and those around me awe struck enough about what I’m going to do that I get treated REALLY well! I LOVE CHANGE and even with the nightmare that is air travel, I’m guessing I would dig Big Girl destination races, too! Oh, to be independently wealthy!!

  11. October 13, 2010 5:35 am

    Home…I think . As my girls get older they seem to enjoy the excitement and anticipation of an away race. So….home is easier but away is so exciting!!

  12. CarrianneB permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:41 am

    I need a dose of both! The traveling is a pain, but the new experiences are worth it. But I also need the comfort of home ( and my own bed for a nice nap πŸ˜‰ )

  13. October 13, 2010 5:48 am

    For now, definitely Home! Although “home” means something I can drive to. I think I have to earn the privilege of an away race, and I am not happy enough with my training to allow myself that kind of investment.

  14. October 13, 2010 5:49 am

    There’s not many “big” races where I live. I live an hour outside of Chicago so I try to stay overnight at a hotel before a race downtown. My own bed is comfortable but at home I am worrying about waking up the kids while getting ready and that just adds to my stress. Away at least at a hotel I can deal with my own anxiety on my own level. lol

  15. laura permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:57 am

    Away- when the self doubt starts and and I’m wondering if I can really do this, I realize that I’ve traveled to this race so I have no choice but to do it.

  16. Abbey S permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:00 am

    Home for me.

  17. Julie permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:04 am

    So far, in my “grown-up” running “career”, I’ve ran exactly one race, and it was at home. I have 3 more on the horizon, and only one is away. I think I prefer the home ones – it will be easier to get to and less logistics to figure out. But the away one is in my parents’ town, and it will be fun to see them come to that, like they used to come to my cross-country races in high school.

  18. Steff permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:06 am

    I love traveling to races! Though I can never, ever resist walking around town an absurd amount the day before the race, and eating strange new foods–both of which are a big pre-race no-no, of course!

  19. Sandi permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:07 am

    Home. I am so much more comfortable sleeping in my own bed and eating breakfast in my own kitchen. I feel as if I have more control over the situation. I am not going to find myself in and uncomfortable bed with loud neighbors and unable to get the food I want when I am at home compared to away.

  20. joan permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:11 am

    interesting post! while i do love races, near or far, there are definitely pros and cons. who thought running was ‘cheap’, or ‘inexpensive’? after running all the local races, it’s natural to want to travel to try out other races, other cities. so, that’s where a lot of the expense of running comes in: travel, hotel, eating out, etc. except for the cool, nice gear, of course. that would be an expense regardless of travel or not… ha! anyhow, i do enjoy the travel and excitement of a new race, but i do have to say that lately, the local ones win out. i find myself considering a race only two hours away. do they have a morning pickup? i’ll just get up early and drive down, save the cost of a hotel. i, too, like to get home, have the rest of my day, sleep in my own bed, not have to pack a bag, etc. so… yes, it’s local lately for me. and, speaking of gear, i’d sure love that jacket. ha!!

  21. Sarah permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:16 am

    So far, all of my races have been at home. Luckily, the DC/Baltimore area has lots of races covering miles and miles of unchartered (by me) territory. I love the thrill of covering new ground and seeing new sights along the way. I fantasize about traveling for races and running on every continent and each US state. And I plan on running destination races, and racing at my destinations. I am so happy I get to race at all wherever it is. I beyond content with eating my homecooked pasta and sleeping in my own bed the night before a race.

  22. stacy permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:16 am

    Well since I’ve only got 2 5k’s under my belt, I’m going to say home for now. But reading about all of the running you mom’s are doing gets me excited to take on some more. I would love to take the family to Disney one day for the 1/2. Oh and times were 34.20 and 28.13!!

    • October 13, 2010 6:37 am

      Those are GREAT times for your first two 5Ks—and what a fantastic improvement!!! Good job! πŸ˜€

      • stacy permalink
        October 13, 2010 7:19 am

        Thank you! i ran them almost a year apart, so i was so excited to see that much improvement!

  23. October 13, 2010 6:18 am

    I would say Away… I love the change in scenery, and just the fact that I’ve invested the extra cash in something makes me more accountable for my training/planning. Indiana can get rather dull, and anytime I can travel to another location, not only is it a race, but also a mini-vacation.

  24. Erin DeGroff permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:23 am

    There are definitely advantages to both scenarios, but I love the excitement of a new race, an unknown course, and an expo to explore! I love combining vacations with a race…that way I can indulge without feeling guilty πŸ™‚

  25. Sam Rhoades permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:30 am

    I love races away! those races are mine alone. the whole day belongs to me and even my thoughts don’t have to be shared unless I want them shared. the things we moms will do to get some “me” time!

  26. October 13, 2010 6:38 am

    When it comes to racing, home body for sure. Something peaceful about knowing you get to use your own bathroom before the race. For me it eliminates a lot of unneeded stress. Although the mystery of a new course has its appeal. πŸ™‚

  27. Erin permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:38 am

    Home since it is way cheaper for my cheering section to be there. I am going to branch out this year and try my first away race.

  28. alison hoeh permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:41 am

    i’ve only raced away. we travel to new york every year to be with family and i try to find a race to go along with the trip. i like it better b/c i can usually get my older brother to run with me. it’s always better to have a partner!

  29. Jami Shawley permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:46 am

    HOME!! I love having my fan base (read hubby and kids) there to share. Plus, now my kids are all involved in the kids run, the 5ks, the 1 and 2 mile runs and sometimes they get to invite friends to come along and run. We’re spreading the running craze throughout our community and loving it. Definitely home!

  30. Andrea Lehman permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:46 am

    While I love to travel and see new things, I always feel out of ‘sorts’ when I am in a new bed/place. I prefer to run the familiar. I love knowing the course and challenging myself each time I run it. Though if everything was in place I would run anywhere, I just don’t feel as if I do my best away from home.

  31. October 13, 2010 6:49 am

    I’ve done several local races and loved them all. ((I live in an area that still has $10-$20 race fees, even the upcoming 1/2 marathon (on 11/13/10) had a $20 early reg. fee-and is still only $30—Huntsville Half Marathon in case anyone is looking for a “flat, fast” course!!)) But, home races don’t feel like as much of an “event” as the one and only race I’ve run away from home (Women’s Half in Nashville). If money weren’t an issue, I’d DEFINITELY travel.

  32. Stephanie permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:49 am

    All of the races I’ve done so far have been home but I would love to do one away- maybe next year! I’ve doen oen that was a 2 hour drive so I did spend the afternoon/night before @ a hotel. Loved not having to worry about children waking up during the night or trying to escape the house on time the next morning. Did like being away frm my kitchen to have my normal breakfast & recovery foods, though with better planning on my part I could have had them with me. Also the 2hr drive home was very unpleasant with my post race digestive issues-thankfully I’ve learned how to better prevent that too.

  33. October 13, 2010 6:50 am

    I’ve been a homebody for years now, but five weeks out from the Philly marathon I’m looking forward to a new city, new course, new fans, and new memories.

  34. Amy permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:51 am

    I like both home and away races, but I prefer home. The logistics are easier, you get a chance to preview the course beforehand, and most importantly, I love being so close that my cheering section of 3 little guys (and their dad) can be there. I think it’s fun to be on or near the race course weeks or months after the event and remember the day.

    However, being away definitely has some advantages. After all the crazy prep over the next 36 hours to allow this to happen, I will be on my way to SF and will be kid-free and carefree until my return on Monday night. I will get a chance to visit a city I’ve only been to a few times, and see it from a new perspective.

    I’m lucky to have many great options for races nearby, but I still like to plan to travel for races once or twice a year if possible.

  35. October 13, 2010 6:52 am

    I love to travel which I do often for work. I’ve run in cities around the world–but race? No, that would be new. I’m planning on my first half marathon in May 2011 which will be in NH so I will need to learn to pack, travel, sleep for a very different challenge. I’m looking forward to it. I also wanted to attempt the Austin Half but can’t make it work schedule wise. I’ll be in Austin just two weeks before for work so will try to run part of the course–and yes, those hills are no joke!

  36. Natalie permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:59 am

    I just ran my first marathon last Sunday and am already thinking about my second (Chicago again). A friend asked why I wouldn’t go somewhere with better temps. But after seeing the mess I was the week before my race, I honestly can’t imagine throwing travel into the mix! Maybe when I am feeling a bit more experienced, I’ll reconsider, but right now, I’m a hometown girl. Plus, being from Chicago, pretty much any race is bound to have more hills than I’m used to!! (You should have heard us all groan at the very slight hill that leads to Chicago’s finish line. You girls would have laughed so hard!)

  37. October 13, 2010 7:01 am

    I like both! Loved a girls getaway for Eugene Women’s 1/2 and love that when I’m home hubby can come support!

  38. Kari Butler permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:05 am

    I live way out in the country, so any race is always an hour away. That means getting up too early! I think I’d love to go somewhere, stay in a hotel a block away from the start, and have someone else make me a nice bowl of oatmeal in a cafe before the run. What a great way to tour a part of a town, too! But boy, it sure is nice to just come right home after a race and raid the fridge. πŸ™‚

  39. Kristen Fuller permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:05 am

    I love racing near home so my family can come cheer me on. There’s nothing like hearing Go Momma Go! when I turn the corner. Of course if we had more $$ I could take them with me. That would rock.

  40. October 13, 2010 7:05 am

    Ideally, a mixture of both is best for me. Of the three half’s I’ve done this year, one was in my hometown, one was an hour away and the third was 3,000 miles from home! I agree, Dimity, that traveling can be pretty awful, and I love sleeping in my own bed best, but I’m with you on the part about it being good once you get there and can explore a new spot and different running routes. After running the Eugene Women’s Half in Sept. I decided I had to keep traveling via running — it’s such a perfect way to see new places. That all being said, local races are awesome for all the reasons you and others have mentioned. Last weekend I ran a 25k trail race that was pretty small. I loved the peacefulness of it, that I saw people I knew and that it was literally a short run from my house. Got home, showered, had the rest of the day to take the kids to a fall fest and watch my MSU Spartans beat U-M at a friends’ place. It was a good day. I *am* getting that itch to travel again soon, though…hoping to sign on for a Chicago race in Nov., and that’ll be a 6-hour car ride away. I will say that now that my kids are getting a little older (all three are in elementary school), I feel a bit more freedom to race in places other than my hometown.

  41. Laurie permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:06 am

    I live in an area where we are limited to 5k’s and the occasional 10k, so to run a half or full, I have to travel a bit. I am doing the Disney Princess half with some friends, but can drive there. I am actually looking forward to doing some races in places like Chicago (my sister lives there) and NYC (where I grew up). I like the idea of using the race as an excuse to travel. Otherwise finding the money (and justifying it) is a lot harder. And I agree witha previous poster, I must disagree with whoever said running was a cheap sport!

  42. October 13, 2010 7:12 am

    While I’d love to try a destination race someday, we are financially challenged enough that home is where it’s at for me. I am, however, lucky enough to live smack in between Chicago and Milwaukee, so even with my “home” restriction, I have lots and lots to choose from with just a short drive…

  43. October 13, 2010 7:12 am

    Away is fun every now and then, but I’m a homebody at heart.

    I eat, sleep and poo better at home so if racing is involved, home is my choice.

  44. October 13, 2010 7:16 am

    i have yet to travel for a race, so it is on my goal list….

  45. Suzanne permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:25 am

    Homebody. I do want to start branching out and doing some “destination races” though.

  46. Jackie R. permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:25 am

    I much prefer home! I like having access to my kitchen for my pre-race routine, and like being in my own bed the night before for my pre-race jitters. Maybe it is because of this that I’ve only raced locally? Just not up for all the planning/preparation of an “away” event.

  47. October 13, 2010 7:26 am

    I’m a homebody — Having my boys there to cheer me on is just the best! Traveling with the whole brood is just too stressful! Plus nothing beats sleeping in your own bed both pre- and post-race!!

  48. Kat permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:26 am

    Never really done an “away” race that had the race as the destination, and pretty sure that I would ever be able to get the hubby to agree to that as it would seem to him more work than it would be worth. Looking forward to kiddos being old enough that I can tack on a race during a family vacay without the hubby feeling like he has gotten “stuck” with extra kid duty. So, for now, I go with “home” and am glad that I live in a city (KC) that has enough options to keep me challenged.

  49. October 13, 2010 7:27 am

    I like away for outdoor races, but to places I’ve been to before, if that makes sense! For example, I have a best friend in San Francisco and have been contemplating an Alcatraz swim and I want to enter the lobster tri in Freeport, Maine where I spent lots of time as a kid. But if it’s strictly a swim meet, I love the exhilaration of racing in new pools, especially “fast” ones.

  50. October 13, 2010 7:34 am

    If I’m going to be home, I want it to be near. If I’m going to travel, I want to make a vacation out of it! The one I don’t like the most is when it’s close enough not to get a hotel room and you end up getting up earlier than your normal early morning run time and driving 2 hours to get somewhere. I did my half marathon that way, and while it was fun, and there really was no traffic at that time in the day, I think it’s best not to have to stress about whether there is going to be a big wreak that will shut down the freeway for hours and just do a race that’s close to home, or one far enough away I can justify a hotel room near the start line! ;0)

  51. Tori permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:40 am

    I’m a fairly new runner (3-4 years), so I’ve only ran a handful of 5Ks around my home. For now, with young children, running races nearby is the easiest – just finding a sitter for a few hours can sometimes be challenging. So until they’re a little older, home is what it will have to be. In a few years, however, I’d love to do a half marathon out of town and make a girls trip out of it.

  52. October 13, 2010 7:41 am

    HOME!!
    Last time we went away for a race my husband dismantled my bike and it was frustrating and costly to get it working again.
    Plus you can’t beat that post race shower and nap!!

  53. Ruthie permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:41 am

    I’m loving the home race. Two races this year allowed me to walk or bike to the race. It was a great warm-up. Home races make for a much happier homefront. They can come for part or all of the race, naps don’t get interrupted. It’s a lovely thing. But, if I could race with my sisters, well then I would travel to the far reaches of the globe.

  54. Amber Izzo permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:42 am

    While I love to travel to races and just in general. I think that I prefer races closer to home, I don’t mind a drive a few hours, if it doesn’t involve flying, it is close. I am doing the Denver Marathon this weekend and it is nice to get to sleep at home and know that I am not going to forget to pack any essentials. I think it is also a great way to get to know locations by you in a different way. I am sure that after this race I will never see Denver in quite the same way. When I was a Floridian, I ran Miami and that really changed my point of view of a city I had been to many times. Races everywhere offer a new perspective. I jsut would rather get that perspective after a night in my own bed:)

  55. October 13, 2010 7:44 am

    I’m a home body, but I’d love to do a race at sea level! Our elevation of 7000 makes just climbing the stairs in our house a chore. πŸ™‚

  56. October 13, 2010 7:48 am

    50/50 My first long distance triathlon turned into a girls weekend and after the race we still had energy to shop and go out on the town for a bit. It was my first girls weekend in 3 years. But it was a hassle worrying about “not forgetting anything” for an entire week before the trip. I’ve decided to do one big travel race a year and keep the rest for home.

  57. Annette M permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:49 am

    I’d love to try and run at a destination… I think I chose NYC as a race location I’d love to try, but I know that I stress about having exactly what I need for particular conditions outside or in my body (food/drink/electrolytes) so home is definitely an easier launch pad!…

  58. Jennifer permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:51 am

    Definitely think there is advantages to both, but running somewhere new and exciting is definitely my choice. I would rather experience a new course, new climate, and new race than running near home.

  59. Jamie permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:52 am

    I wanna stay home! I wish we had options around here.

  60. October 13, 2010 7:52 am

    Home! I like sleeping in my own bed and eating breakfast in my own kitchen. With 3 young sons it’s much easier to participate in local races.

  61. Lori Connors permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:53 am

    HOMEBODY! My awesome town of Auburn, Alabama has tons of races to keep my busy during the fall/winter racing season. Every weekend for the next two months a 5k is available!

  62. Kelly permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:56 am

    Away. Somehow is it easier for me to focus on the race and what I need to be doing than when I am at home.

  63. Megan Gallagher permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:02 am

    My favorite races (pre-child and still today) are AWAY, particularly if there is a relative who can babysit! I love combining racing and adventure, seeing a new place and exploring a new route. These days of single-parenting the traveling races are limited, although I do have a sister in Scotland, so maybe the Edinboro Marathon will come up on the list! Seattle Marathon is a future possibility thanks to another sibling, and I am sure there is something in the Raleigh/Durham area. For now I am mostly enjoying tales of the travels and distant races of friends while kiddo is young, but I am putting together a list for the day we are ready to go!

  64. October 13, 2010 8:09 am

    I’m a homebody at heart and love to carpool with my friends to local races. But…I also love to explore a new locale through a race course. One of my best race experiences to date was a trail race in Australia last August–took me totally out of my comfort zone but got to see the most amazing scenery (not to mention dingo scat, which didn’t make me feel very safe!).

  65. Julie Fredericks permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:09 am

    Never really traveled for a race, but I think I prefer the comforts of home. That said, I do love the idea of getting a group of friends together to go someplace run to run.

    The one travel race I did was in Sunriver, OR – only 3 hours from my home. There I felt conflicted between having fun in Sunriver with my family and doing the race. I almost didn’t run. I think the key to traveling for a race is not to have your family there.

  66. Shirley permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:10 am

    Tough call, home or away races? Well, the away races mean I get to travel with a group of closest friends, tour the expo beforehand (rain soaked ground under a leaky tent, a la Surf City 2010). For me, it’s a girl’s weekend. It’s great fun to watch one friend bring everything with her-pillow, coffee, coffee maker and then we all cheer after the productive AM bathroom trip!

    At home races are like a quick half-day trip; up early and once I get home it’s back to the routine. Short and sweet. Races far and near both have their merits!

  67. elizabeth permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:13 am

    All the races i’ve done thus far have been home races — some 5ks and 10ks. But now i’m training for my first marathon along with my daughter who is 19 and living on the west coast. I would LOVE to be able to travel to run a marathon with her in California.

  68. October 13, 2010 8:15 am

    I think I actually prefer away. Because when I’m home, I worry the kids are bored/cold/tired, I’m taking too long at the expo, didn’t bring enough snacks, you name it, I worry about it. If I’m away it’s just me and a brand new adventure.

  69. Leslie permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:19 am

    I’ve only done home races, but I LOVE the idea of away. That will be up on the agenda soon!

  70. otherjulie permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:22 am

    Away…i think it’s cool to incorporate running into a vacation. Last year we did Marine Corps and took the kiddos to the White House, Congress, Supreme Court, a gazillion museums. The energy was huge on race day and we had such a great time. Taking pictures along the way is my excuse for not BQ’ing.

    The kids are part of the experience…

  71. October 13, 2010 8:22 am

    I like the adventure of traveling to a new city to run a new course! There is something so fun and thrilling about varying it up a bit. When you race at a new location, there are all sorts of fun things to incorporate into race weekend — eating in new restaurants, meeting new people at race check in, seeing the local sites and attractions, etc.

    And, if you bring the hubby and kids along to an out of town race — it is a way to take kind of a family, fun-filled “mini-vacation”. Not to mention that when you bring the fam, you also ensure yourself an amazing group of cheerleaders at the finish line!

  72. Kathy permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:30 am

    Home for the routine and comfort of my own bed and my cheering section (and not having to drive around at night figuring out where to eat and ending up finally at Luby’s ). Away for a change of pace like a small, fall run in my home town.

  73. CaRoline Eakle permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:31 am

    Home for sure! I hate flying and I prefer having the family with me. I am lucky to live in a state where there are a lot of cool races and I can drive to all of them!!!

  74. Carri Schmidt permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:34 am

    I’ve only ever run at home before….a destination race is something I’ve thought about but never actually done. After listening to the ladies talk about how much fun they’ve had the other night at a RLAM reading, I am for sure finding one I want to do (thinking Nike womens) and getting on a jet plane! (I HATE to fly by the way! HATE it, and yes, strong word – but I mean it!) Even though I’ve only ever run at home, I do love that….mainly so far because my family can always be there to see me complete my goals! I love to see my kiddos watch me cross that line. I feel like not only am I learning something, I feel like it also shows them that you can do whatever you set your mind and body to!

  75. October 13, 2010 8:37 am

    i really love traveling. i love to people watch and the sense of ‘newness’ that comes from being somewhere other than one’s daily stomping grounds. i haven’t traveled for a race yet but i want to!!

  76. October 13, 2010 8:38 am

    I just did my first away race a few weeks ago, so while I like the ease of being home (and the fact that it doesn’t distrupt my son’s schedule as much or shift too much burden to my husband) I have to say that I loved running in a new place!

    Or, more accurately, I loved running in a place that means so much to me. I was in Cape May, New Jersey with my parents and all my siblings. Our family is from NJ and, although we moved to the Midwest almost 40 years ago, we’ve been going to Cape May for more than 20 years. It was fantastic to run by the ocean and to have my family there. (I only have one sister near where I live, and none of them had ever seen me run a race.) I wrote about it here: http://mylifemidlife.blogspot.com/2010/10/i-was-very-excited-about-cape-may.html.

  77. Brek permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:45 am

    I hate flying. Hate it. So I’m a home gal. Only ever done races close to home.

  78. October 13, 2010 8:45 am

    I haven’t done a ton of races but I have to say I think I like “away” better. It’s a great excuse to travel and it seems like the local races always use the same courses or familiar training grounds and that can get pretty stale after a while. I actually love to travel and don’t mind all the hassles of the airports, etc…plus I think the unfamiliarity of the situation actually helps calm my nerves since there are multiple unfamiliar factors coming into play and it distracts me from thinking about the task at hand.

  79. Heather Gocke permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:48 am

    I’ve gotta say that AWAY is what I prefer… One reason is that I’m a SAHM in a VERY rural town, so I’m trapped to the confines of my neighborhood most of the time. ANY excuse to leave said town is a vacation to me! Another reason is that because of our “way out in the sticks” location, there aren’t too many races to attend. That’s why this weekend, I’ll be running my first half marathon, Humboldt Redwoods Half, in a teeny town 5 hours from my own. πŸ™‚

  80. October 13, 2010 8:53 am

    I LOVE a destination race if I really get to spend time there. Va beach 1/2 marathon we made a girls weekend. Hotel, beach, no kids, no hubbies…..great time! If it’s a down and back just for the race I’d like to stick closer to home.

  81. Karen permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:57 am

    Home. But the lure of lower altitude is very tempting! πŸ™‚

  82. Henriettae permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:11 am

    I like home .Then again, I moved half across the world (from Sweden to Washington) this spring, so home is still new for me. I have lost 20 pounds and gone from an occasional 5K runner to a dedicated 10K runner, eyeing a half! So moving definitely is good for me. πŸ˜‰ That said, I do like to run where I can sleep in my own bed and be home in the afternoon. And the Seattle area has LOTS of different races to chose from!

  83. Elizabeth permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:12 am

    I love away races because it’s something new. There is something exciting and also a bit stressful about not knowing what’s around the next corner. Away is especially great if you have someone to stay with so you can keep your “home” pre-race routine.

  84. Lyndsay S. permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:13 am

    I love destination marathons because it makes it much more of an event and a good excuse to travel. While I rarely sleep well in hotels, I doubt I’d sleep much better at home the night before a big race.

  85. Janey permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:16 am

    LOVE to travel… but, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE running at home. Excited to run a quick 5k race on my old h.s. cross country course this weekend. It’s been… oh… 15 years. Should bring back some memories. After the PDX half last weekend a 5k sounds dreamy.

  86. October 13, 2010 9:19 am

    I love away races, there is something about meeting new runners even if you don’t know them once you all line up it’s like being with old friends. I love wearing fun tshirts from my local race and in some cases I have traded my shirt for another after a race and nothing beat seeing new sights on your own two legs.

  87. Rebecca permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:22 am

    I AM a frequent flyer. I’ve spend the past 6 years in MANY Courtyard by Marriott rock hard beds with inadequate bedding. As a profession, I am an IT specialist and the ‘specialized’ nature requires me to be all over the county. I can certainly related to your detest of traveling. I could write a whole blog entry myself on it.

    Now as a person, I am a runner. I became a runner because it was a hobby that fits in a carry-on size rollaboard. And the great thing about running is that you can make it great anywhere…it is what you make of it.

    So despite my life on the road, I think there is something special about races away. New food, new faces, new attitudes, new enthusiasm. Maybe my constant stimulation of different places is now requiring it on my runs, but I think sometimes running does need a shake up.

  88. jessica permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:23 am

    I would prefer the home race. Sleeping in my bed, with my breakfast of choice, with all the neurotic things I need near by. I like the away race only for the fact that it like a vacation when you are done. Yummy food, and drink and exploring a new city with no cares!

  89. October 13, 2010 9:24 am

    Never done an away one, but would like to. I “get to” travel for work occasionally and I do enjoy running in a new city. But going for a run and racing are different beasts. There are plenty of good races in my home town during summer and fall. And as much as I love a good MN winter, the prospect of a Jan or Feb family getaway coupled with a race is super appealing. But maybe I’m under-estimating the logistical chaos of traveling and how that would affect me on race day. Won’t know til I try, though…..

  90. girlsworld permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:29 am

    I love traveling but I hate what plane travel has turned into. I’m very much a homebody but for races? There’s something about going to a new place and the whole trip is for the sole purpose of a race. For me it has made it much more exciting. The day before and after the race are part of the adventure.

  91. October 13, 2010 9:29 am

    While there are quite a few 5K races where I live, there aren’t a lot in 10Ks or above. I’d really love to stay around here, but to get the longer distances, I usually have to go out of town (but not so far away that I don’t get back race evening). However, I have never flown to a race and really think that kind of destination would be awesome…I can’t imagine the excitement I’d have.

  92. katie permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:36 am

    For now I prefer home…but I also love the ‘new’ course and trodding fresh ground, which is why over the last several years I have found new races to do near home. Home because I have never had the chance (yet) to do a true ‘away’ race. (oh wait, I guess that isn’t true. Before I was married and had kids, I ran the Vegas Marathon…how time dulls your memory…or perhaps the a lack of sleep induced by children…) Anyway, since then, I haven’t had the funds. Some day I would love to run a race in North Carolina with my sister and repay the favor she did by coming to Utah to run a 1/2 with me several years ago.

  93. Robin permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:36 am

    I like being home and local is certainly our preferred option with kids, especially one who is nursing. We don’t have that many local races though, so “away” for us means driving within a few hour radius and staying overnight in a hotel and taking grandparents with us for babysitting. The kids think that is stellar — especially if it comes with a swimming pool and “free” breakfast! We did drive a little further one year to do the Grand Rapids Marathon and loved it! They had a family friendly YMCA and a voucher to use it came with the marathon. The race was awesome and the race director really does give you a hug at the end (If you want one. I did.) I have only flown once for a race (LA Marathon) and that was pre-kid and to visit family. Maybe someday…the plan is San Francisco next year!

  94. October 13, 2010 9:38 am

    I really want to do an away race, but finances get tricky. I’m doing my first half this January, and since I live in the Great Northwest, I really really wanted to go south for the half. I had my sights set on the on in Carlsbad, California. But once you add in flights, hotel, and race fees…. it was just too much. So I’m sticking close to home and doing the half in Salem. So for now, I’m a homebody, but once the finances get in better order, watch out!!

    • sarah permalink
      October 13, 2010 9:41 am

      Cascade Half? So fun!!!

  95. sarah permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:40 am

    Sheesh, tough call! I love being home and getting extra time to sleep and pooping in my toilet and eating my special food. BUT I do love an road trip with my running buddy, lots of giggly girl time and running in a whole new place. Now that I am thinking about it, I have a big race across the country and now I am stressing about plane rides (the yucky recycled air), jet lag, housing, the 10 other people coming with me, finding gluten free food, and the list goes on…
    So I guess I prefer being a homebody but will make the trip for a special occasion.

  96. Denise Hubbard permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:41 am

    I’ve only done local races as I’m still a new runner. But since there are plenty of 5ks and 10ks in my area, plus a few 1/2s and even a BQ marathon once a year, I’ll be local for awhile. Maybe someday I’ll travel to a “famous” race!

  97. Lauren M permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:41 am

    I love to explore the world, but I want to enjoy it with my family, otherwise I miss them too much.

  98. karen permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:45 am

    Im a new racer but I would have to say races that are close by- driveable anyway, would be my prefrence. Trying to work out the logistics of plane trvel and taxis and where to go and eat bla bla bla–too much for me. Unless it was Boston or something extra fabulouso. But you never know–maybe I will get bitten by the running travel bug. Right now I can barely think past my youngests diaper!

  99. Terzah permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:46 am

    I’m lucky to live in Boulder, so I get to race pretty much whenever I want near home. And with two kids and tight finances, this is definitely my preference right now. My best Bolder Boulder came after riding my bike from our house to the starting line–great way to warm up!! The altitude and the fleets of elites you encounter can be intimidating, but also inspiring. That said, pre-kids, I *loved* to travel for races, and the “oxygen cocktail” you get racing at sea level is amazing. A friend wants me to go to Moab for a half with her next spring. That would be my first real destination race post-kids (driving to Denver doesn’t really count)….I’m leaning toward yes!

  100. October 13, 2010 9:51 am

    i am torn on this one. I like to go away to races because I like to see new places but with a husband that races and kids it makes it tough to travel for races. I try to stay close to home or travel close to family to do races.

  101. October 13, 2010 9:54 am

    I love traveling, but would really enjoy races close to home if there were any! I think I would be able to do more races if there were more close to home because it wouldn’t such an expense (travel, hotel, etc.) Plus there is something great about sleeping in your own bed, eating your own food, using your own bathroom, etc. and with a large family, it is much easier for me not to have to either bring all the kids or be away. We have a few, small local races, but for anything big I need to travel at least three hours (we live in the middle of nowhere). I am going to Vegas for my first marathon in December. πŸ™‚ I wish it was closer to home, but I will make the most of it and enjoy the trip.
    Sweet jacket!!!

  102. Kati permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:55 am

    I agree that nothing compares to getting to do your routine at home before a race is so much better than dealing with flights, hotels, and restaurant breakfasts. However, I haven’t yet traveled for a race and despite my previous statement, I’d love to go somewhere new and exciting for a race. I prefer to be at home but a beautiful course could certainly persuade me to travel!

  103. Crystal Baker permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:57 am

    I love to travel for vacation. I would prefer races close to home!

  104. Tryna permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:06 am

    Away, I’m a born traveler, and while I love being at home, there is nothing that compares to seeing a city by running a marathon through it. I’ve been lucky enough to run in Seattle, Big Sur and Chicago so far, and you see parts of the city you never would as a tourist. Deep dish pizza as post marathon food rocks!

    I’m running Honolulu in December, and although I grew up there, I haven’t lived there in 18 years, so I’m so looking forward to the familiarity mixed with the new sights.

    I can’t think of a better way to pass on my love of travel and running to my kids than to have the 50 States Marathon Club as my lifetime goal. I plan on about 2 full marathons per year and yes while it will take a while, what an amazing thing to look forward to. I’m saving Boston for last, that is unless I qualify for it first…Ha! (You never know, it could happen)

  105. caryn permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:10 am

    Love the experience of the away race. Exploring new territory and enjoying the new sights.

  106. October 13, 2010 10:11 am

    I’d have to same home because it is just so much easier and dare I say cheeper. That’s why I picked the Eugene Marathon for my first, not only is it in my hometown, but I can literally roll out of bed and go on a nice little warm up jaunt to the start line that is less than 1/2 mile from my front door. Maybe when my kids are older and I can travel without them (and have more money) I’ll look into doing more “destination” races, but for now I’m lucky to live somewhere with so many great races to run! πŸ™‚

  107. October 13, 2010 10:13 am

    My first race was only last year, and I have only run in three 5K’s and one 10K so far. I am always feeling pretty frantic and anxious getting everything ready the night before and getting out the door in the morning. In a way, maybe an away race would make me take care of all of that well in advance and calm my nerves. But, I feel that for now, local might be best for me. I am sure that someday I will become bored with the locale. Hopefully, the timing of my boredom will coincide with some windfall of cash, too, so I can afford to take my family with me to the race and make a vacation out of it. Until then, maybe I will tackle any impending boredom by varying the distances of my races instead of the locations.

  108. Amanda permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:15 am

    Home— by far!
    I’m a routine oriented person and if off routine end up in a tailspin. I love putting my kids to bed (even though I am one who loves to escape in the evenings to run), eat my prerace meal, veg on the couch with the big hairy dog, sleep in my bed (even if my husband peels the paint with his snoring)… I’d much rather, and do better, sticking in my own environment, with my crew, my food, my familiar territory.

    I like to reserve the traveling for “real” vacations— to relax, veg and be “normal” (even though I know I am pretty far from being normal).

  109. October 13, 2010 10:18 am

    I can’t wait to travel for races! I’m sure sleeping in your bed the night before, and eating brunch at your favorite spot in town afterward is nice; and I do enjoy that now. But being a new runner, I’m excited for the days when I know I can have a decent time, and make it worth traveling for.

  110. October 13, 2010 10:23 am

    Most of my races have been very close to home – within a 1.5 hour drive from home. I have done one half marathon in Olathe, KS where I grew up. Since I live in Colordo I have to say I enjoy races close to home because they are much prettier.

    In regards to traveling I love to travel but not so much since I have two little kiddos.

  111. Shana permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:27 am

    Away – always love a destination race.
    great way to see the world – on foot.

  112. October 13, 2010 10:28 am

    I prefer home (or at least home state/within a few hours drive) races. For me, flying to a race can be stressful and I usually have a ton of gear to bring along. Fortunately tons of races in the Pacific NW to choose from!

  113. RamFM permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:38 am

    Being a newbie & working towards my first half, learning how to work on timing, distance, yodda yodda yodda – I think I’m recognizing I’m a bit OCD. I LIKE knowing the path, not being surprised by anything I’m not expecting, knowing exactly what point is .1 of a mile, .2, okay the arrow is .5, the sign 1 mile, roundabout 2, hill 3…- there’s where I meet my 5. To get out, run, listen to my music, tick off the mileage, not distracted. So right now, I’m definitely in the home mode (balancing family & time you know). I love to travel & new places so I can see me shooting for a Vegas Half or new place half, but without expectation of time because little things set me back & tick me off πŸ™‚ Like forgetting my flipping socks, or ear buds – I expect traveling would throw some wrenches into my well oiled OCD routine. πŸ™‚

  114. alanna permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:40 am

    I love to dream, fantisize, and pretend that I prefer travel, but in reality, I am a total homebody. I love my bed and my routine and the comforts of my home. Travel is a lot of work!

  115. Atha permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:00 am

    I don’t have the luxury of traveling to a race very often so I would definitely choose travel. With small kids, not only do I get a much needed break but I also get to indulge in something I love so much! Not to mention the expos are so much better in bigger cities!

  116. Leslie permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:02 am

    I’ve never traveled for a run, so I say home as well. I worry that the stress of a new location, the travel, possible delays, on top of the pre-race nerves would give me major diahrrea. πŸ™‚

  117. alicia permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:02 am

    Ive only done one race so far and that was away, but not too far away just the next state over! It was great to make a weekend out of it for hubby and I, but it got expensive! My next one is in my hometown, so at least I can stay with family.

  118. Annette Johnson permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:03 am

    I love both. When I do an away race I try to make it a fun trip with my 4 daughters and have them run with me. I love to be home and go to the grocery store later that day and tell the checker, oh I just ran a half marathon this morning and see their faces.

  119. Sarah permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:04 am

    For right now, I stick to races at home or within very reasonable driving distance from (like close enough that I can run the race and get home without messing up the kids’ naps). I’m still sort of new to running and I don’t think my husband takes it seriously enough yet for me to say, “Hey, I want to go to _____ to run a race.” If we’re going to travel somewhere, like to visit family, I do look for races, but so far have only run where I live.

  120. Danielle permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:10 am

    Saw you at the Portland Marathon Expo and just found you online! I’m still a newbie and have a hard enough time getting my stuff together for a local race–so I’d have to say that I prefer staying close to home. But maybe someday….

  121. Rebecca permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:14 am

    I just ran a half marathon in my hometown and part of the course goes right by our street! So it was wonderful, not to mention convienent, for my hubbie and two small kiddos to be able to walk to the end of our road and cheer me on. That being said I wait all year to be able to head to Boston (I live on the Cape) and run the Tuft’s Women’s 10k with one of my best girlfriends. I love the freedom of being able to run the race and then completely chill out in her kid free home. I would love to be able to fly to races all over the place…but where do people find the time or money to do this?!

  122. Anne permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:16 am

    I haven’t raced much at home – just got back into running again this summer. I am having a blast – looking forward to running the local races next summer. If I wanted to race a lot, i would have to travel – closest town with population over 5000 is 60 miles away.

  123. Debbie permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:20 am

    Home! Lots of races in the northern VA/metropolitan DC area.

  124. Lelia permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:24 am

    Away for me. I love travelling (not the airport/flying part) and try to do each race out of state; which only leads to 2 marathons per year but it is worth it – destination travel

  125. Heather permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:24 am

    I prefer both options.

    Home events have their advantages: you can change your entire outfit strategy that morning if the weather suddenly changes, you can eat what you prefer, and sleeping in my own bed is amazing (especially after being out of town for the past week). Plus, I tend to know a lot of people at local events and it’s easier to view or train on the course ahead of time when it’s in home territory.

    But traveling allows me to see a new place in a way I might not normally (I don’t generally run 26.2 miles through every place I visit). Destination racing gives me the opportunity to meet new people and opens me up to new places I might have never thought of visiting. I can think of plenty of towns I would have never traveled to if there wasn’t a running event involved.

  126. Jackie permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:24 am

    I’m a homebody! I have a sleep number bed which has all but eliminated my left hip pain. Was reminded how important it was this weekend when I decided to stay overnight in a hotel before my marathon. At the start of the race I was immediately met with hip pain which I had not encountered during training. I am fairly certain it was the bed…

  127. October 13, 2010 11:27 am

    Home.. cause I’m a newbie and just learning the ropes and because .. well… I can’t afford a hobby that takes me everywhere to run.. (which I would love) and put three kiddos through college… some home.. or within driving distance of home for awhile. πŸ™‚

  128. WendyLD permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:28 am

    I don’t know yet! I’ll run my very first race this weekend (away, kind of – with my twin sister in the town she lives in about two hours away).

  129. October 13, 2010 11:32 am

    I’ve only done home races, but I’m looking forward to a half I’m doing in December with one of my running buddies. It will be fun to ‘get away’ to run… πŸ™‚

  130. ShelleyMM permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:33 am

    I am a homebody most definitely. Luckily I live in Central Texas where there is lots of good racing year around.

  131. October 13, 2010 11:34 am

    I’m split…with 4 kids if I can travel alone, I love it! (Ha! That sounds horrible!) It’s not easy to prepare for a race if your staying in a hotel room with a toddler who won’t sleep because they miss their own bed..and I won’t even start on the bathroom issues…… Otherwise, a local race is nice. There are less unexpected issues that come up when I do local races. Plus, the kids are all rested and cheerful, that always helps!

  132. October 13, 2010 11:37 am

    These days I gotta say HOME, but then I live in the Front Range of Colorado and there are some amazing races here.

  133. ami permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:37 am

    i’ve only done local races and do love that i can just get on with the weekend and do what i need to do. traveling might be fun though, especially if my family came with me and combined it into a vacation. sounds like a good excuse for a trip!

  134. Becky permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:43 am

    As a grad student, I’m pretty limited in my travel funds, so home is definitely my preference at this point, but I have to admit that even if it wasn’t so expensive I’d probably prefer to stick to home races anyways – although I can’t say I’d mind a change of scenery and a little hotel stay within driving distance (flying is where I draw the line – UGH!)!!

  135. Sunny permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:44 am

    Away. I love running the larger cities that I don’t live in. Now when I go to Seattle and Portland I can remember my favorite marathon moments as I drive through town.

  136. October 13, 2010 11:46 am

    I have done a lot of local races and my first half marathon was a couple states away and I LOVED it!! If I had infinite amounts of money I would definitely travel to all my races! πŸ™‚

  137. October 13, 2010 11:47 am

    I like seeing new places so I’m a traveling runner. Although I usually do most of big events with TNT so they take care of the travel for me. I actually feel pampered when I do a TNT event and I get to see new places and meet amazing new people!

  138. Emily permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:48 am

    I don’t know if I could choose. I love the excitment of being somewhere new to run…to explore another city on foot. But oh how I do hate flying. HATE. Staying home to race means less nerves, less pressure.

  139. October 13, 2010 11:48 am

    I feel like your emotions were coming out of my finger tips in this post! I love a destination! Love it! Hate the travel part. I did Austin full in 2007 and tasted the sweetness of the chocolate cake in the half a couple years later. Can I get another Hill? Really?

    This year will be my FIRST at home marathon and I’m really so excited. Dallas White Rock – Dec. 5th! I can USE my toaster for my toast. I don’t have to bang around a dark hotel room to not disturb the sleepy ones before I depart for the start line, but most of all, I know how to get all of my poops taken care of prior to leaving. Yes, Marine Corps 2009…di-sas-ter.

    I really love the destination race, but who knows, WHEN I qualify (yes, I said WHEN), I just may prefer to try this stay-at-home thing more often.

  140. Andrea permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:58 am

    Having never done an away, I would have to say home. But I am a homebody anyway. I prefer to sleep in my own bed – especially when there is a need for good rest. Having said that, I would love to try doing a sprint triathlon, and the best opportunity for that is going to be at an away location. So, I will try out the away hopefully next summer!

  141. IA Running Momma permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:59 am

    I’d have to say home, although I have never really ran a “destination” race. I would get myself all psyched out and not sleep, have GI issues (more than normal pre race) and it would be a mess. I love the comfort being in my normal pre run routine. Although someday it would be nice to take a little mini vaca and do another marathon somewhere warm!

  142. Kate permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:07 pm

    I have only raced at home (or less than two hours away) so far and it has worked out well. Mostly because traveling with kids can be a nightmare and this way I know that we will all sleep, do the race and go home. So far I have only done 5k’s and one 10k. I’m thinking about doing a half sometime in the next year and I would consider going away to a larger one just for fun.

  143. October 13, 2010 12:18 pm

    I LOVE running in different cities and states; it gives you a perspective to the area that you don’t get just driving around. You totally look at things differently when you’re in your running shoes πŸ™‚

  144. becelisa permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:22 pm

    as a single parent it’s hard for me to do away races. if my daughter goes with me, i have to find someone to watch her while i run. but if she doesn’t, i feel guilty for not bringing her with me to see new places. i did, however, manage to do the marine corp marathon in DC which happens to be my hometown. i hadn’t been back in more than 5 years and loved running through the city and revisiting years and years of memories.

  145. Jess M permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:24 pm

    I love the thought of running in destination races… however the realist always gets the best of me. To run close to home means less money, more friends/family there to support me, more locals I know running the race thus adding the the pre-race excitement, gabber and smack-talk. A month ago, my family traveled 5 hrs (via car) for my half-marathon – but we stayed with extended family. Turned out well w/a new PR.

    • Jess M permalink
      October 13, 2010 12:26 pm

      And the other benefit to local races… you can scout out the course ahead of time!! I always do a practice run a couple weeks before so on race day I have a good gauge of exactly how much is in the tank for the last several miles.

  146. Christina E. permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:28 pm

    So far I’ve only done “home” races, but my 1st HM is “away” and I’m totally looking forward to it! I can’t wait to criss-cross Texas for races- already eyeing the ZOOMA race in Austin with a couple fellow RLAM’ers.

    • Jennifer V permalink
      October 13, 2010 2:09 pm

      Zooma course is beautiful, have done it twice. Hills. hills, hills. Wildflowers are gorgeous if you aren’t allergic. I recommend staying at the resort if price isn’t an issue. Transportation kind of a hassle.

  147. Lori Bondy permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:36 pm

    I havent done an ‘away’ race yet but am pretty sure I would be ok. I am pretty much a knot of ‘did I bring this? did I bring that? now where did I put that?’, etc no matter where I am or where I sleept.

  148. Silvia Lynch permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:45 pm

    I’ll have to say homebody, after reading your story, I did imagine the chaos, and with 4 children to me is close to impossible to go away, I do have he same issue with the seats (6′) and my kids are quite helpful, yet anyone take advance of public humiliation… I look forward to the “perfect” age where everyone can reason, and by then hopefully we can travel with lots ot undies and just a couple of outfits. For now I’ll keep hunting races close by.

  149. October 13, 2010 12:45 pm

    I’m a newbie – running my 2nd race this weekend – and so I do not have a point of reference for this yet. But I do love to travel – LOVE it – so am willing to try both!!!

    (there is something to be said for my own cozy bed though!!)

  150. October 13, 2010 12:46 pm

    Oh, I love those away races even though my wallet screams every time! I enjoy the entire adventure. Even if flying makes me a bit tired, I try to time it so the day before the race I can totally sleep in (THEN hit the Expo in the afternoon.) With a destination race I’m usually pretty close to the start, so even if I have to wake up early, it is less stressful to walk to a start line than if I have to drive an hour from home to get to my race. I also love knowing that I can soak in a hotel tub later (yeah, I know… ice first, THEN the fabulous hot much, much later!) because at my house we only have showers, no tubs!

    That said, I’m very fortunate to be in an area with some fabulous local races. So of course I do those, too. But, I think I take the away races a bit more “seriously” (in terms of training, etc) because they require much more in terms of effort, time, and expense.

  151. October 13, 2010 12:52 pm

    I race at home because there’s always a pretty decent selection of events. Living in Vancouver, BC means that we have the choice of racing downtown or going out to the ‘burbs. My only problem is that races here cost so much! As much as I’d love to do a race a month, I just can’t afford to fork out $40 or more that often. It is nice, though, to just go out, race, and come home all within a few hours.

    Having just run my first marathon (out of town) I can definitely see the plus side to going away. It was an expense – and our 3 year old only adjusted moderately well – but it was so great not to have to run the same-old same-old. I would definitely do it more often if I had the choice.

  152. Csaf permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:53 pm

    Definitely a home race! I’m a Cancer (astrological sign) and by definition, one of the biggest homebodies out there. I will rarely even do home races that are > 1 hour away b/c I hate to have to get up even that much earlier. Maybe that just makes me lazy….hmmm.

    Anyhow, for me, a destination race would just be too stressful, too much out of my control (did I mention I’m also a control freak?). Also, I’d miss having my husband and kids cheer for me along the course.

  153. Heather permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:54 pm

    I am a newbie when it comes to running, but for what I’ve done (walk 5k & lots of sports as a kid) – I’m a home body. I love doing the same things once a year in the same spot. We have started a tradition even of waking up bright & early on Thanksgiving & doing a 5k as a family (kiddo was 1 yr last year & 26 lbs…. should have been in the jogger but it was COLD and he didn’t like it so Super Dad CARRIED him the whole way & he fell asleep a few minutes into carry mode – so he carried a 26lb dead weight for 5k).

    Being able to wake up in my bed, eat my food, go home after – all great perks! Other great options are things you can do while visiting friends & family & crash at their place. πŸ™‚

    Heather

  154. Grainne Keogh permalink
    October 13, 2010 12:58 pm

    I love home races as much as I love a girls nite away in a new town or city, Our next stop on our race adventures is…DISNEY WORLD!!!

    That’s right! A weekend flight down to Florida, Mickey Mouse, Diva Runners,
    Disney’s Princess Half Marathon
    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 6:00 a.m.

    Expensive but how can you not be happy running in Disney World!

    “IT’S KIND OF FUN TO DO T HE IMPOSSIBLE”

  155. realrellim permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:06 pm

    I prefer home (or at least in-state), no question. I don’t mind driving a couple of hours and staying in a motel, but the destination has to be pretty fabulous for me to even consider flying there–and then there’s the $ issue because my husband and kids always want to tag along. Besides, Colorado is such a beautiful state that there’s plenty of new terrain to cover without having to go far.

    Also, I love that brand of peanut butter.

  156. Susan Smith permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:13 pm

    Since I’m just getting back into running…HOME definitely!

  157. Lee permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:16 pm

    I’ve never done an away race. I think it sounds like it would be fun, but the cost involved of getting there, staying there, eating out, etc, make it very unlikely 😦 Having this cute Merrell jacket would definitely cheer me up though as I continue to race at home!

  158. Jennifer H permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:16 pm

    At home I have the convenience of taking my time, knowing exactly how I’m going to get there, knowing others in the race for a little healthy competition and having a race shirt that actually means something to people around here. That being said, the freedom of being away from home without the household responsibilities is a huge draw. Especially if you go with a girlfriend or two and can make a weekend of it!

  159. Stephanie permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:33 pm

    I guess I’m a homebody. Just too expensive to race away!

  160. Julie B permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:37 pm

    I have never done a destination race, so I would have to say home is where the heart is. My husband is not a runner and does not understand why I run races in the first place. His comment, “why don’t you just time yourself on the course,” usually sets me off on a long-winded reply. By now, I think he just likes getting the response. So, I have yet to broach the subject of me flying someplace to do a race.
    I figure I’m saving up for retirement time when the kids are out of the house and he’ll enjoy relaxing in a new, beautiful place and I’ll get a nice run in while he’s still sleeping in πŸ™‚

  161. October 13, 2010 1:43 pm

    Home- for so many many different reasons!

  162. Ali Hernandez permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:53 pm

    I’m a new runner and I’ve only run one local 5k so far. I’d rather stay close to home… within a couple of hours. I’m in central California, so I really hope I can run in San Francisco one day and also in some other ocean-view running course. That sounds exhilarating to run with an ocean view! Plus, I’m pretty cheap when it comes right down to it, and traveling is expensive! πŸ™‚

  163. Trish permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:58 pm

    HOME! I travel a lot for work and there is nothing like not having the stress of traveling to a race! My own food, my own car, my own alarm clock, my own support crew! Plus I like to support local causes….and am lucky enough to live in a city with a very active race schedule…. (Calgary, AB).

  164. Bev permalink
    October 13, 2010 1:59 pm

    I travel A LOT – living and working overseas-and i love it. However, due to my loaction in West Africa I get to run ONE race a year-when we go home for a ‘homeleave’ for a few weeks to see family. So-every race is a different place-first marathon in 2008 in Charlotte, next is the half in Kiawah Isalnd in Dec 2010, then the London marathon in April 2011. Any advice on jet lag? I am leaving Liberia-on a wed. get in to the US on thursday night and race on a sat. Am I leaving myself enough time?

  165. Jennifer V permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:16 pm

    I like to go away for any 1/2 or full. We have plenty of 5 and 10’s very close to home. It’s always fun to race with the same crew each time. Helps to know who to pace with. Also fun to challenge co-workers or other groups of friends. Our Mayor challenged the city employees in a recent 5 and 10k in our town and we had quite a turn-out. For longer distances it is always fun to go to a large city and be in a huge huddle of runners. It’s also good to leave the kids behind and be able to focus on the race.

  166. Angie Hackett permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:17 pm

    I have only done home races at this point. However, I am very motivated to train for the Chicago Marathon in 2011. I have three friends I am planning to travel with for the marathon, and it will be all of our first marathon (only conquered the half so far!) and first away race. We know that we will miss having support along the way, but think the thrill of a new city and energy of all the spectators will more then make up for it.

  167. October 13, 2010 2:44 pm

    Home races, for sure. I love destination races, but having the home field advantage is a great thing!

  168. Jill-Leslie permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:48 pm

    I joined TNT so I could help people, accomplish my goal of running a marathon, while visiting places I haven’t been. Sunday? Nike Women’s Full! My first full! Scared but excited.

  169. Jody permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:48 pm

    So far I’ve only done races near my home, but one day I hope to be drawn for the Nike Women’s Marathon in SFO!

  170. October 13, 2010 2:54 pm

    20 years of running and I have never flown to a race. I think I am deprived. I would love it if Hubbs and I would take a kids free get away and include a race in it! That would be the most amazing time spent together ever! Oh a girl can dream.

  171. kat post permalink
    October 13, 2010 3:05 pm

    i’ve only stayed in a hotel for one race, my only 1/2 marathon, which was actually pretty local. but we decided to stay at hotel since we would have had to wake up super early to make it to the race.
    but i love the idea of traveling to do a race, such a fun reason to go somewhere new! i have a list of races i would love to do.
    though after the race i would rather just come home and crash, opposed to having to travel home

  172. Crystal in Canada! permalink
    October 13, 2010 3:18 pm

    I love to travel, but am always super-daunted by races, so I’ve only done a few locally (1 Half, 1 Full Marathon). This December, I am really branching out and doing the Las Vegas R&R Marathon! I am so excited and nervous! It will be my (and my husband’s) first trip away from our little boys. We laugh that we have to do something gruelling to get a ‘vacation’ away (my husband is doing the Half). Anyway, I am trying to figure out a basic breakfast that I can concoct in the hotel and I think I’ll time how long it takes me to walk to the Start, so that I can sit on our hotel toilet until the last minute! Other than that, it should be smoooooth sailing (hopefully!)

  173. Sue permalink
    October 13, 2010 3:55 pm

    I tried doing my first half away in Orlando last December–it would have been lots of firsts: first half, first away race, first time away from my kids, but it poured–I mean cats and dogs–all morning, so my friend and I wimped out, slept in, and went to Epcot instead. It was fun, but I’m looking forward to trying again and actually doing the run!

  174. October 13, 2010 4:30 pm

    If I had all the $$ in the world (ha!) I would travel to races more. I do love it….I used to go to the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston every year and run it with my friend! And we are plotting a girls’ cruise/half marathon in Florida in the spring, with our other non-running friend coming along to babysit us. πŸ™‚

    But I mostly race from home because I am ridiculously spoiled to live in Atlanta, where there are awesome races I can walk to and kajillions within a 2 hour drive.

  175. Marisa Olsen permalink
    October 13, 2010 4:41 pm

    Home… Sleep better. Eat better. Don’t have to get up so stinkin’ early!

  176. Judy permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:04 pm

    Definitely stay home. That way my family can be there at the finish line!

  177. Annie Powell permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:07 pm

    Home. Less Hassle.
    Although we’ve recently located to Nashville, so everything seems like “away” these days. :-S

  178. October 13, 2010 5:08 pm

    I like home runs. I like seeing people I know and meeting new people that I’ll be able to see again. I like running with people I know and have run with before so I know their pace. I like coming home to my own shower and my own bed and TV, and my own boyfriend to rub my legs and feet for me πŸ™‚

  179. Ann R permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:10 pm

    I’ve never really traveled for a race before – I don’t count the ones I drive to in my own state. I would love to experience a ‘destination’ race though!

  180. October 13, 2010 5:11 pm

    I will say HOME. Only becuase I travled to Chicago for my first and only away race. It was in a car, and I sat in the back seat on the way home after running my first marathon! I would love to try to travel for a race again someday…and take a plane and possibly make a vacation out of the trip…one can dream. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the chance!

  181. Beth permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:12 pm

    Have only stayed home…am wondering if perhaps it is time to venture away? I do like crashing on my own couch and soaking in my own tub.

  182. Brandy permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:14 pm

    I have done both and travel for a living so I LOVE home races. I get my own bed, my cheering crew and quick getaway to my ice bath at home and my favorite lunch made by my favorite husband!

    I run in the cities that I travel to so I am always on a new adventure to just get my miles in…running a race at home I get to be home and enjoy the familiarness of the routes. I don’t always run those routes but many of the races use the same bits and pieces…which came in really handy in knowing what the Portland Marathon would look like.

    And traveling to the east coast for a 6am race start was BRUTAL! That is like 3am to my body and that was the start…so what was the point of sleep that night?

    I love eating my same pre-race meal the night before and breakfast. I just love home races.

  183. Geli permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:16 pm

    I have not done an away race yet, but am looking forward to the one I have planned for November.

  184. Susan permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:16 pm

    I like home races because I get to sleep in my own bed (and not freak out about getting bed bugs!!!) but I love an “away race” because it’s an adventure for the whole family.

  185. October 13, 2010 5:16 pm

    Away!! I like to feel like I have worked hard enough to earn a mini-vacation!!

  186. Courtney permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:16 pm

    Home!!! Although away races are fun and exciting, it is so much more comfortable to be home. πŸ™‚

  187. Jodie permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:18 pm

    The furthest I have gone for a race so far is about 2 hours away. I like the idea of getting out of town and seeing new sights but the stress of either bring the family with our leaving the little one with the grandparents can be a little stressful. I live in Oregon’s Willamette valley, so those 2 hours away trips are still a nice switch from my day to day runs.

  188. Kate permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:18 pm

    I’ve never traveled for a race, but think it would make the whole event that much more eventful! BUT, I love my own bed, my house’s own sounds (or lack thereof), my own family nearby, my own food in the morning, and my own bathroom for that all-important pre-race “evacuation.”

  189. Darci Knowles permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:19 pm

    home is nice for many reasons but I really like away! It gives me an excuse for a girls weekend and I am able to sleep without the threat of being woken up by kids!

  190. October 13, 2010 5:20 pm

    I prefer to use a race as an excuse to get away. My husband runs with me and we went to Maui to run the half this past September. We are now dreaming and planning to do halfs on every island that has one!

  191. Nancy permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:21 pm

    Home- love the friend and family support!

  192. October 13, 2010 5:22 pm

    I’m going to say that although the idea of an away race is exciting and probably in my future… I kinda like being able to sleep in my own bed afterward and take an ice bath in MY BATH. I’m thinking though that my sister lives in Seattle area so maybe one up there and Eugene mais rathon next year (just doing the half even if I train for the full) is probably in the cards. My target race will actually be local though… Sunsweet Trail 50k!!!

  193. Lisa Along permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:24 pm

    Home for sure. I’m a new runner so home courses are still new to me!!

  194. Courtney Williams permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:34 pm

    Although home allows me to sleep in my own bed and know that I don’t have to sit in a car or on a plane for hours to go home, there’s something adventurous about racing away from home. New sites, sounds, different crowds – everything is exciting! When I do a race with a friend or my husband, it becomes a vacation or a getaway from everything that stresses us out and we are able to enjoy simple things: laughter, each other, and pounding pavement.

  195. Shari permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:35 pm

    I dream of the opportunity to have my goal race be near home! Living in the Central Rockies, I have to travel to my races. All of my marathons and trail races have been away events! I do enjoy the weekend away with my training partners or the times it becomes a family affair. The months of training is rewarded with an excellent weekend away in Telluride, Denver, Minneapolis, or New York!

  196. Michelle permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:36 pm

    I love to travel to races. What a great excuse to get out and see the world/country! I love running new places and seeing the world on foot. I learned the hard way though, if you are looking to “race”, PR, or complete a new distance, the closer to home you are the better the results! Now I plan fun races out of town, but serious ones right here in Montana.

  197. Kathy S permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:40 pm

    I prefer home. It’s nice to sleep in my own bed, eat my regular breakfast, and know the area!
    But bring away from hone is fun too – like a mini vacation.

  198. Lauren permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:41 pm

    I’ve only run races at home, but I’m thinking about traveling an hour away for the Eugene marathon in May. It will be the first race that I leave home for (even if it’s not too far), but I’ll have to sleep in a hotel the night before, and not have my usual home routine.

  199. Heather permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:42 pm

    Home and close enough to home no to require a hotel room, please! I want to go, run, celebrate with my friends/running group, and then scoot on back home to the fam!

  200. Stephanie permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:44 pm

    Home races for me! I love for my husband and two girls (ages 4 and 2) to be able to be there to cheer me on. The one time we did a destination race, the night before in the hotel wasn’t so grand. Little kids + unfamiliar sleeping area = bad night. I like for my girls to feel good and enjoy watching mommy race, so we stick close to home! I also like repeating races each year to see if my times improve πŸ™‚

  201. Lori permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:45 pm

    I prefer to race close to home…I hate traveling and I especially hate staying in hotels! Now if the race was in a place where I have family and could stay with them, then that would be cool. I think I could break my no travel “rule,” however, for the Nike Women’s Marathon! I would love to run that one!!

  202. October 13, 2010 5:50 pm

    I have only traveled by plane one time to drive. I flew to my first half marathon in Myrtle Beach in February 2010. When we arrived it was cold and there was a small chance of snow. By the time we went out for our post race pasta it was snowing; for the FIRST time in TEN years. The city was in chaos and after hours of watching the race was cancelled. It was less than a dusting; not even snow ON the road. I was heart broken that my first big race was not going to happen. We ran it away and shopped so the trip was still fun. However, the next morning (no snow mind you; it all melted in the 60 degrees it had warmed up to) all flights were cancelled due to “snow”. We finally took a late (detoured flight out) My trip home went like this:
    Late flight to Raleigh to Charlotte to Philadelphia for ANOTHER flight cancelled; spent the night in a yucky hotel and then got up flew to Charlotte (again) missed my layover flight due to deicing in Philly. My running partner and I ended up taking separate flights home so the hubs had to come get me!
    SO I will run at home or within driving distance thanks : ) I don’t mind getting a hotel room but I am NOT flying!

  203. October 13, 2010 5:51 pm

    I’ve become a marathoner over the past few years and have traveled all over California and other states to run in them. But I have to say, my town hosted its first marathon last March (Shout out to Modesto, CA!) and it was pretty awesome. There is something to be said about walking .7 miles to the start and walking .7 miles home and icing my legs in my swimming pool with a cold beer within 30 minutes of finishing!

  204. Bea permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:55 pm

    Let me think about that one.

    Staying home I can see lots of friends doing the same race. I mostly will know the course. Financially, it is a lot less expensive to do a local 1/2 and full marathon plus I am supporting the organization that is sponsoring the event such as a local charity. Local races are usually smaller so there is less crowding at the start and I get to start on time, not 45 min after the start of the race. I can sleep in my own bed and after the race catch up on things that need to be done. No having to remember to pack everything and then having to look for what I forgot.

    Traveling to a destination race I get to see and visit a new place. I usually stay at least a couple of days to explore and have some fun. The destination races are usually much larger and there is more support. How much fun is it to go to a rock and roll to do a race with 20,000 of your closest friends, hear bands along the way and, lots of support cheering you on. As I usually try to get a hotel near the start/finish, I can go back after the race and just chill with no errands calling.

    So which do I like better? I like both for different reasons. I guess I just like to keep moving and do the races

  205. Nancy M permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:57 pm

    I’m a newbie… so I am going with a local, home race. More faces supporting me πŸ™‚

  206. Janice S permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:00 pm

    I’m a newbie and have only done a home race, I long for the excitement of an away race! I’ve been looking and hope to plan one away for spring!

  207. Rachel permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:04 pm

    I’ve never done a race away from home, but I think it would be fun to try one! My sister lives across the country from me, and we’ve talked about meeting up and doing a half marathon somewhere, which I think would be awesome. Also love the Merrell jacket! πŸ™‚

  208. October 13, 2010 6:05 pm

    Like both, home b/c you know the drill at familiar races (travel time to/from, parking, check-in, secret portapotties, etc.) and away for something different, and a guided (and accompanied/catered) running tour of a new city. When I’m traveling on business, I look for baseball games and/or road races scheduled in town while I’m then, and will try to take in both.

    That said, after years of experience, I think anyone who travels more than an hour or so for a marathon is crazy. Definitely do NOT make one a destination race – you will screw up either the race, the vacation, or both. Half marathon is the destination race of choice, IMHO.

    • KathyinMN permalink
      October 13, 2010 7:29 pm

      Really? I did the goofy (the half one day and the full the next) at Disney 3 years ago, felt the entire experience, including making it part of my vacation was fantastic. I’ve recommended that race and other destination races to so many people. The race wasn’t screwed up, the vacation wasn’t screwed up and me (and the family) had a fantastic time. I’ve got a coworker doing NYC this year. The day after the race they are eating at one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants and taking in a play. Its all he can talk about. In fact, we been discussing where else we would want to do marathons…Chicago…London…The Great Wall of China….

      • KathyinMN permalink
        October 13, 2010 8:58 pm

        I should add that I’m not intending to pick here, just that your solution of not racing more than an hour from home for a marathon might work for you, but don’t blanket it for everyone. (Don’t scare the newbs!)

  209. October 13, 2010 6:05 pm

    Home, definitely … though that doesn’t leave me many choices of races. So, I would consider a radius of an hour drive still ‘home’.

  210. October 13, 2010 6:09 pm

    I have only run one 5K and I am about to do a half. All within 20 minutes of home…times are tight and I just can’t see spending money we dont have to travel for a race. If I happened to be on vacation somewhere then maybe but not otherwise!

  211. Gigi permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:12 pm

    Since I live in a huge metropolis, Tokyo, home races are always at least a train ride away, this weekend it was a 45 min. commute to the run. So that being said. I love home races, but only if I can get a seat to sit my tired behind down on the train ride home.

  212. Jennifer nuno permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:15 pm

    I love going somewhere new. It’s exciting to run a course you’ve never seen. Plus my kid probably isn’t with me, so it feels like a mini vacation. I joke with my friends that I’ll do anything for a vacation… Even run 26.2

  213. Catrina permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:19 pm

    Can’t say for sure yet either way. Had my first away race in Sept. I loved seeing a new place, and running somewhere new! but I had slept horribly the night before, even though it was at my brothers, so as far as rest goes, I like the home races!

  214. October 13, 2010 6:27 pm

    Home is nice for quick convenience and knowing where you’re going. But away from kids and home makes it feel like a vacation πŸ™‚ Cute jacket!

  215. October 13, 2010 6:30 pm

    I would say home, but I have never flown to a destination race. As stessful as travel is, that is something I would like to do at least once despite the fact that I get airsick. The farthest I have traveld for a race was 2 1/2 hours, and mostly I bum lodging by staying with friends. There is something to be said for getting to sleep a little better at home, and having the food and coffee my picky stomach is used to!

  216. Victoria Stone permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:30 pm

    Definitely home

  217. Christine permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:30 pm

    I prefer to run close to home. Love to keep with my pre-run routine and have my family there to cheer me on without the hassles of travel. My two young sons rarely sleep well when we’re away from home, so it’s nice to be in our own beds. My first half marathon was in my hometown and was an amazing experience! So glad that I got hooked by having everything go “as planned”. My second half marathon (the biggest race I’ve done away from home) didn’t quite as well logistically, but a still a good experience. I feel fortunate to live in a small town that happens to be near a lot of fantastic races.

  218. Rhonda permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:32 pm

    I can’t speak for racing, having only done one (right here at home). But my experience is with the Avon 2 day walk for breast cancer. My cousin and I did it at home the first year, and since I live three miles from the Wellness Village, we slept in beds rather than in tents (on the ground, in the rain). I found the route quite boring–I actually live in the city of Boston (and have since 1989) so I’m most definitely not a tourist nor an occasional visitor from the suburbs. So the 2nd year, I insisted that we travel to a city where we could still sleep in a bed (for free) rather than the Wellness Village. We headed out to Washington DC, and I recruited my brother in law in Alexandria to chauffeur us around for the weekend. I had a great time! To start on the Mall, at the Washington Monument, was beyond words. We had an amazing walking tour of the city–I saw neighborhoods I had never seen. So my vote is AWAY!

  219. Ellen Comeaux permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:35 pm

    I love to do both. I race around my hometown for anything less than a marathon. However, if I am putting in the time, effort and training to run a marathon, then I feel that I’ve earned the right to treat myself to a mini-vacation. It’s just one extra incentive to run 26.2 miles.

  220. October 13, 2010 6:36 pm

    I like home..I like running in other cities but I prefer home. I like having my own bed and stuff around me. I like knowing where I am going to have my prerace meal. I feel like that sounds old but I like home. πŸ™‚

  221. October 13, 2010 6:37 pm

    I picked “away” for my first marathon. Now, it wasn’t very far away — about three hours — but about six weeks from the marathon, I started freaking out about accomodations.

    We’d originally thought we’d have a fancy Class C RV by then and would just drive it over Saturday, park it somewhere on the water (Puget Sound) overnight and then I’d run the race on Sunday, and my hubs and kid would be there to watch me conquer 26.2 miles. Except we didn’t end up getting the rig.

    Then I hurt myself and spent the last three weeks or so on the bike in the gym trying to stay in shape to at least walk the half (this is when I downloaded RLAM on my Kindle, coincidentally). Then I didn’t want the fam to go since I downgraded to the half and I didn’t want to pay for a room for just me…so I just got up at three or something insane like that on Sunday morning, drove out to the peninsula, met a bloggy buddy for the first time in person and her friend, walked 13.1 with them, pigged out on the tasty post-race grub (yay North Olympic Discovery Marathon!), then got back in the car and drove the 3.5 hours home. (Turns out I had a fractured shin, so good thing I decided not to run through the pain — really shouldn’t even have walked I was told later, but whatevs, I survived.)

    So, to conclude: Home.

  222. October 13, 2010 6:42 pm

    As both a 50-stater and Marathon Maniac, it goes without saying that I’m on the away team. Some of our best family vacations have involved marathons (up to three events in a weekend) that I’ve run in order to claim a state or earn another star.

  223. Angela Brewer permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:45 pm

    Just like my favorite Michael Buble song, I want to be HOME! I’m so ridiculously type-A that it alleviates the added stress of all the unknowns. This Sunday is my first “running” marathon – Humboldt Redwoods – so I’ll be driving 6 hours and staying in a hotel. I’m struggling this week to plan how to eat without the insane amount of salt in restaurant food, mentally rehearsing what I’ll be mentally rehearsing the night before in the hotel room, and have half a mind to pack a Coleman cooler with my own food (have you tried summer oatmeal? Divine!).

    Home is also the best place to run because it’s Track Town, U.S.A.! Eugene is like the Shire for runners. I reckon marathon #2 will be in my backyard on May 1, 2011.

    Happy running, ladies!

  224. Cassie permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:47 pm

    I love racing away from home. I will often choose a race that is far enough away from home so that I get to stay in a hotel but close enough that we can drive to. This way we can load the car up with all the necessary stuff – eg pillow, food and stuff to make it like home but not “home”. Also having the advantage of staying in a hotel close to the start makes is so much easier when there are kids involved. This way hubby can bring the kids down at a more leisurely pace.

    We often make a mini-vacation out of it so we get to do some sightseeing around the area as well. One of the best races that I have done was the De Leon Springs half marathon in Florida in January. We drove down to Florida from VA and did the scenic drive via NC, GA, and of course managed to squeeze in Disney and the Kennedy Space Center. In my opinion, this is the best way to race as I am often forced to go to bed early – what else can you do when the kids have already gone to bed at 7:30 and the hotel room is dark and if you turn the TV on the kids will wake up??????

  225. Lisa permalink
    October 13, 2010 6:51 pm

    Home! I have not done an ‘away’ race, except for sleeping in a car during Ragnar Relay. I like that I can sleep in my own bed and eat my own food. Routine is good for me. Plus then my husband has the option to come or not, depending on the timing, distance and moods of the kids (and him!). A destination race is DEFINITELY in my future, though!

  226. Susie permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:09 pm

    Home. Until I’m a stronger runner, it’s just less to be nervous about. Now, there’s this away race I have my eye on in April…

  227. Deb Dellapena permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:11 pm

    Destination road races rock! It makes all the training worth the effort, plus you can check out the cool places to visit, try new foods, etc. It also gives the people you’re traveling with something to look forward. Congrats, Sarah, on a great marathon! You worked so hard for it!

  228. Erica Richards permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:12 pm

    Home! I’d be too afraid that I’d do all the travel planning and get sick or injured before the big race. I may try an away race this winter to see how it goes but I’d go alone or with my husband and leave the kiddos at home….not alone but with my parents. πŸ™‚

  229. KathyinMN permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:15 pm

    Away. I’ve got 3 marathons in 3 states in…San Fran Nike Women’s will be #4. I want to 50 state it, and if I start now, in my 40’s, I might be done in my 60’s. But I have to try, right? =)

  230. Molly permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:20 pm

    Away, Away, Away! It’s all about the destination for me. I love not knowing exactly where I am on a route-it makes it go by faster for me when I’m surprised along the way and can take in all that is new. I felt like I was on my own little version of “The Amazing Race” navigating my way from the airport to the city last weekend in Chicago-who knew the “L” would be so fun?! I don’t think public transportation would have the same effect in my own city!

  231. Caitlin permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:24 pm

    I like racing close to home, but I’ve never gone “whole hog” racing away. I am drawn to the idea of traveling just for a race, or staying in a hotel near a fabulous destination race. I have stayed with family for races in Philly. I have run races in Sydney, but my mother lived there, so I stayed with her. My in-laws built a house in Maine, and I’ve found nearby races while there. Maybe I need a good destination race to inspire a love for them.

  232. Steph permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:30 pm

    Home. I’ve never tried an away race yet. The idea of getting the whole family packed and all of us getting to the destination just sounds exhausting in itself! Plus my husband is not too keen on traveling, he’d drive me nuts worrying about everything. If I did do an away race, I might just keep going and not come back, depending on how the trip was going! πŸ™‚

  233. Julie permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:33 pm

    It seems that travelling to a race is the only way I get a vacation!! So I’ll take what I can get…it’s a win/win for me πŸ™‚
    (or a win/win/win if I win this giveaway!)

    • Rebecca J. permalink
      October 13, 2010 8:07 pm

      Love the win/win/win! Thanks for the smile!

  234. October 13, 2010 7:34 pm

    Definitely at HOME! I have all my creature comforts and the best thing of all is getting to have my 3 year old little boy cheering me on at the finish line! I love seeing his proud little smile and sparkling eyes as I round the bend for the finish line.
    I do not think the stress of traveling would make for a successful race for me. πŸ™‚

  235. Steph H permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:45 pm

    Well, I’m a total newbie, but my first race will be away. I am meeting a good friend to run at Disney in January. Since I’m from Wisconsin, running in Florida in January sounds a lot more pleasant…even if I do have to spend a few nights in an uncomfortable hotel bed. πŸ™‚

  236. October 13, 2010 7:46 pm

    I’m not sure yet…all of the races I’ve run have been so close to home(within 1 hour and half away).

  237. KarenM permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:49 pm

    I’m a home body for races – I like to sleep in my own bed. Plus, while I don’t mind the travel TO a race destination, once said race is over, I just want to be home, not schlepping through airport security or getting stiff in a car for hours!

  238. Alison H. permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:53 pm

    Within 15 minutes of wherever I slept the night before is great with me. The local-local races have been comfy and congenial. The ones 30-60 minutes away aren’t much fun. I always undestimate the drive and am disappointed that I don’t see familar faces. I’ve only run one destination race, and it was exhilarating. The new territory and the new faces were fantastic, and I was super-prepared.

  239. Courtney permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:57 pm

    Perfect timing–am racing @ home this weekend (Kansas City 1/2)! Running @ home gives me an opportunity to participate in my own city’s traditions, see lots of familiar faces along the course, and experience parts of the city I might otherwise never see. However, that desire ends at 13.1 miles. I’d like to tackle a full next year and feel that should be a destination race. New city & new streets will be part of the motivation.

  240. Rebecca J. permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:05 pm

    So far I’ve only done one 5K and it was about a half hour from home. I was SO nervous the morning of the race, that me, my running friend and my husband and kids arrived REALLY early. We were the second car in the parking lot! LOL! And then, a girl was backing in the spot next to us and I freaked out that she was going to hit our car, so I honked at her. And, yes, I felt silly the minute I did it. My second 5K is another local one at the end of this month, and I’m hoping for calmer nerves this time. We’ll see how it goes! Until I can calm the nerves “at home” I definitely won’t be traveling!

  241. Jenn C permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:08 pm

    Away. I can somehow trick myself into thinking that I am on a relaxing vacation, not for a race. :). Plus it’s a fun way to see a new city.

  242. Tracy permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:08 pm

    I have never done an ‘away’ race – but I am a total home body! I love being able to sleep in my own bed and get up in the morning and prepare myself in the same routine way I always do! But the more I run, the more I am intrigued to do an ‘away’ race! I guess only time will tell!

  243. Kendra Cornwall permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:10 pm

    Definitely prefer away-there’s something about the unpredictability that makes it more of an event/occasion. A local race feels more like (another) training run, but a race away involves new restaurants (yea!), unknown weather, different crowds, etc. and feels more like a celebration of sorts (even if your running doesn’t go as planned!).

  244. Holly S. permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:12 pm

    I’ve always been a homer, for financial reasons, but the choices in Chicago are copious, so why would I travel even if I could? All I feel I’m lacking is enough cool trail races.

    The only away races I’ve done have actually been fantastic experiences, though: a half marathon in my hometown that actually passes my mom’s house, and the Twin Cities Marathon, where I went (sans kids!) and stayed with my brother and his wife and got a big PR. I don’t think I would enjoy an away race so much if I had to stay in a hotel, however.

  245. October 13, 2010 8:14 pm

    Because I have little ones, home races (drivable in the morning before the race) are easier for me. That said, I have to travel for anything longer than a 10K due to my location. So far, I haven’t gone too far, though.

  246. October 13, 2010 8:17 pm

    I’m mainly a homebody…goin’ away every once in a while is fun!

    and I hope to see you at the Athleta store in Mill Valley on Friday!

  247. Jaci permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:20 pm

    I’m mostly a homebody when it comes to road races, but this June I had the *best* girls getaway weekend when myself and 3 other moms from my town took a little (7 hour) roadtrip to run Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. We all had such fun we are planning a repeat trip next year!

  248. lynnette permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:22 pm

    home…i love to race at home! the training conditions are the same as the course, and i can have my own “race crew” or cheering squad of family/friends. πŸ™‚

  249. Sel permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:30 pm

    I’ve never tried a destination race, but the thought of boarding a plane shortly after a race is enough to send spasms through my entire lower body! It would have to be a race vacation of at least a weeks duration for me to even consider it.

  250. October 13, 2010 8:33 pm

    I LOVE to travel, so I would say that away is my preferred way to race, but there definitely is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed!

  251. emily permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:44 pm

    I like to travel to events, but they have to be within a day’s drive—- no flying with a two year old for me. Traveling this way is all benefit– get out of town, luxuriate in a hotel,new scenery, tour saturday, run sunday andstill home in time to sleep in my own bed that night and be at work on Monday.

  252. Vickie permalink
    October 13, 2010 8:47 pm

    I’ve only done 2 marathons and both were away. While I enjoy the new sights and sounds, there are advantages to running in your hometown — you get to sleep in your own bed, the odds of you forgetting something are slim, you can get dropped off at the start and friends/family can meet you along the course and at the end!

  253. October 13, 2010 8:53 pm

    I love the comfort of my own bed and cheering section…but the idea of destination racing intrigues me and I have a ton of travel races on my bucket list!

  254. October 13, 2010 9:00 pm

    I love the at-home races because I know both my little girls (age 3 and 8 months) can cheer me on, and that my loving, supportive husband will cook me a wonderful meal involving bacon afterwards.

  255. Erin Turner permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:00 pm

    Home is where my heart is! I love being able to wake up (but not too early) and savor a cup of coffee (with fat free french vanilla coffee-mate thankuverymuch) and a banana. Take my time getting ready, use my own bathroom πŸ™‚ and then take a quick 10 minute drive to the race.

    And there is nothing that beats seeing my husband and 4 boys cheering me on at the sidelines.

  256. Vicky Douglas permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:16 pm

    I am definetly a home body right now because of children. I do dream that someday I can take a trip alone

  257. Joan permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:20 pm

    I would rather be at home. I don’t get to travel often, but try to run while I am there. I am all about the same old, same old.

  258. Karen Mangold permalink
    October 13, 2010 9:21 pm

    As of right now, I am going to say racing @ home, mostly because I just did my first away race to the Portland 1/2 marathon. While it isn’t too far away for me ( I am from the Seattle area), it did require me to pack and not forget any essential running gear. And even in spite of myselft I didn’t forget my shoes or clothes ( & thankfully my raincoat…) I did forget to pack a new pair of contacts (I wear daily wear ones and get a new pair every morning) and therefore had to do the 13.1 miles in the rain with my glasses on. What I did like about running in a new city, is getting to see a city from an entirely different perspective than the usual tourist view.

  259. October 13, 2010 9:59 pm

    I prefer the home front because I know the course – or can easily travel the course – before I run it. The longer the distance, the more important this can be.

  260. Lavanya permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:08 pm

    I am still spanking new at it…. I can’t even imagine getting myself motivated to make plans to go run somewhere, leave alone actually do it – it is hard enough to “remember”to register for races in town. And that long plane ride is wont to be filled with self doubt and self pity…shudder

  261. Linda Williams permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:11 pm

    I love exploring new places, so my vote is for an out-of-town race.

  262. October 13, 2010 10:15 pm

    I actually like to do local races. There’s just something nice about knowing that I can drive to the race, do the race, then be back in the comfort of my own home when it’s all said and done!

  263. Marcy permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:18 pm

    Home races – I like smaller “hometown” races. We have plenty to choose from, max travel 1hr. Fun to see familiar faces year after year, and also support local causes, etc. I do like the occasional “big” race, but have plenty to choose from in Seattle; only have to get up earlier, or spend the night w/friends or family.

  264. October 13, 2010 10:27 pm

    Total Homebody….many reasons, but the main one is the anxiety I have had in the past when I travel. Not a good combo! πŸ™‚

  265. Bonnie permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:32 pm

    I prefer to run near home because I know where all the bathroom pit stops are. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

  266. Dawn T permalink
    October 13, 2010 10:43 pm

    Tough call, being a mom of three with a 15 month old who isn’t sleeping through the night yet made my first away run like a mini vaca. Also was pleasantly surprised with how much better I could do with a good night’s sleep. However, it just didn’t feel the same without my girls at the finish line…

  267. October 13, 2010 10:50 pm

    I love away races because it pumps up the excitement and I love seeing sights that aren’t a regular thing that I see often.

  268. Jennifer permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:21 pm

    I’ve never done a race where I’ve had to fly, but did have to drive 6 hours when I ran Portland in ’09. I love the hype of bigger races (and have to drive a bit for those), but I got my marathon PR at a local marathon with very few participants. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love them both! I love the excitement of bigger city races, but when it’s time to get down to business, I’ll take the local, close-to-home race.

  269. Tara permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:27 pm

    Seeing as I am approaching only my third race, home is my preference. I am beginning to entertain the idea of a race away. I actually thought I might be MORE prepared because I would have to be, but, for the time being, it sounds a bit terrifying.

  270. Meghan permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:31 pm

    There’s just nothing like being able to climb into your own bed, exhausted, for a post-marathon nap. Traveling to races is fun, but it just adds an extra layer of stress and planning I’d rather avoid on race day. Yay for staying home!

  271. Carla permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:42 pm

    Definitely home.

  272. Janelle permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:06 am

    We are travelers! Living in Alaska, big races provide the perfect opportunity for us to get away for a long weekend. Plus it allows to see lots of parts of the country through different eyes. I also see it as nice to have some family time after the monster month of training and three weeks of taper.

    Short distances are usually around home but if we are traveling for something we will look for a race. I also like traveling to a race because I have to choose what I am going to wear, use, etc a week before when packing. That way the night before just get that stuff ready and off to bed!

  273. Faryal permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:21 am

    Home. Well, for now that would be Sacramento. We moved to the area when my husband got into medical school in 2007. We have been living in a wonderful neighborhood called Land Park. This is the place for a yearly half marathon called Urban Cow. I could never call myself a runner, but as the signs would go up every first week of October for ‘traffic delays’, I thought to myself, I should try to run this thing… The second year I was pregnant with my second. The third year, I was juggling work and a new baby, a 3 year old girl and a man in medical school. But this year, well, this year I became a runner! I have been running since June and placed third in my age group in my first race ever in a small country pear fair fun run. Then, there was no stopping me… I signed up for the Urban Cow. Training with my neighbor, who is also a mother of two girls, we would text each other to get up at the crack of dawn to do our scheduled runs together. I was hooked. I got my race packet. Half Marathon? who was I kidding? Trembling after paying a visit to the blue fun house a couple of times, we got ready to run. In our neighborhood! We ran through the streets and in front of the houses of friends and families. I saw my husband with the girls popping up on all odd locations with my little girl attempting to race along with me. I saw signs that made me laugh and those that made me cry. Then I saw the finish line next to one of the ‘traffic delay’ signs. My heart was beating with happiness. This year, I was causing a traffic delay. In my adopted home. With my proud husband and the girls waiting to see me cross the finish line. I don’t know what it feels like to race in a far away place, even though I daydream about a Marathon in Parish, but I can tell you that nothing has brought this much joy to my 40 year old body… Oh and my time was 2:08. I looked at my running partner and her smile said it all.

  274. Faryal permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:25 am

    To all of those confused souls, that was meant to be a marathon in Paris… a marathon in Parish would for sure be a bit weird!!

  275. October 14, 2010 4:20 am

    I’ve only experienced home races so far and I like it. Being able to race with my family there for support and then be back home doing laundry in an hour or so…wait a minute, maybe I like away. Away, away!

  276. October 14, 2010 5:01 am

    Home, definitely. I live in the DC area, and we have some of the best races. I have traveled for races, and when I do, I like to stay in a well appointed time-share condo. Then I can have my pre-race meal exactly like I like it–prepared in the fully stocked kitchen. BUT, I prefer to sleep in my own bed, get up God-awful early and drive to the race. Race, and then be home to actually start my day with my hubby and 3 boys.

  277. Heather permalink
    October 14, 2010 5:43 am

    No question, HOME! I never sleep as well away, plus I get to go through my normal pre-race routine at home. I don’t feel guilty for spending money just for me to run. πŸ™‚ I have an awesome family who will easily pick up my slack for a morning, so less stress prepping. And I am a major homebody. So I pick home!

  278. October 14, 2010 6:31 am

    I’m pretty new to racing (at least new again, since having kids) so I’ve only run locally. But this weekend I’m doing my first 1/2 marathon, and it’s a whole hour away! It’s a start at least! Then on the 30th I’m doing a 25K 1 1/2 hours away, so branching out a little further! If money and the need to get home to wipe noses wasn’t a issue, I’m sure I’d be running on the coast of Hawaii or some other gorgeous destination. BTW, super cute jacket!

  279. October 14, 2010 6:37 am

    I prefer home (my hometown, that is). I have done the Flying Pig Half every year since 01 except for the one when I was pregnant. I love that race so much! I plan on doing the full this year and if I had to choose only one race a year, it would definitely be that one. Plus, it gives me an excuse to be able to see my parents/relatives and I get to hand over toddler duty to them!

    I do have to say though, it was nice staying “away” for the Chicgao Marathon this past weekend. We only live an hour from the city but decided to get a hotel in the city for the night before. That meant my husband and I had some much needed time away from the twins and I was actually able to get a full night’s sleep because there wasn’t anyone waking me up in the middle of the night wanting to party (my little girl is a total night owl and thinks 2 am is a great time to sit on the couch and poke Mommy while giggling uncontrollably).

  280. Kathy permalink
    October 14, 2010 7:35 am

    As a newbie I am a homebody. I like the comforts of my own bed, my own car and my family cheering me on as I adjust to the whole racing thing. I would like to travel in the future and the Disney Princess Marathon looks like so much fun!!! For now I am keeping it close to home and LOVING it!

  281. October 14, 2010 7:46 am

    right now i prefer home- makes it easier to arrange with friends to watch the kiddos, work around my husband’s church schedule, and navigate the city & parking. however, when i was in high school & college i LOVED away races- hotels, adventure, new sights. it was pretty exciting, and i can see myself getting back to that when i don’t have a toddler & a preschooler to contend with!

  282. Sarah AJ permalink
    October 14, 2010 8:14 am

    Home! It’s both easier and cheaper.

  283. Priscilla permalink
    October 14, 2010 8:18 am

    Definitely HOME! Cheaper, easier, less time away from family, my recovery meal can be at my favorite restaurant, eating my favorite sandwich. We have a great marathon in Oklahoma City and terrific series of triathlons in central Ok. In fact, I just did a sprint tri that was less than 2 mi from my house!

  284. Cydnie permalink
    October 14, 2010 8:23 am

    I’ve never done a hometown race longer than 10k. I always thought of Denver as my hometown half marathon race but I live in Colorado Springs and always stay in a hotel the night before (with the family). This is my fourh time on the Denver course and it is getting a little old but I run it with friends and I love seeing familiar faces on the race course and running with my running partner. It always feels like a celebration of our friendship as well as our hard work. For me it’s city vs rural races. I’d rather be running in the country, it’s so peaceful.

  285. Melanie B. permalink
    October 14, 2010 8:27 am

    Home. Home. Home. πŸ™‚

  286. Tami Pike permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:07 am

    I am a newbie so a home race is more to my liking. There are so many area races that are virgin territory for now. I really feel like “poo” when I fly so I would have to be totally pumped for the race to go to great heights to get there. I also live at sea level so alltitude is a big factor for me to consider. Since I haven’t raced since high school I need a few home races under my belt before I feel “qualified” to travel to a race. The idea of traveling in the new england area (I am on the Seacoast of NH) for some races sounds like fun – there are so many beautiful spots here , I am sure there are some awesome routes to travel.

  287. kim permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:16 am

    home. own bed.

  288. Bobbi permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:47 am

    Definitely a homebody. Just traveled crosscountry with my 1 year old and it was crazy!

  289. Shannon permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:54 am

    I love to travel for races! My friend Heather and I usually stay close enough to home that we can at least drive, but far enough away that we need to stay overnight the night before. 6-8 hours from home is perfect. We’re from Northern Colorado, so we’ve gone to Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Now we’re looking for new ideas… I’m voting for Hawaii! πŸ™‚

  290. Tasha permalink
    October 14, 2010 10:13 am

    Home! Mostly b/c I have never done further away than 40mi. I do want to do one somewhere away from home, but I have a feeling I’llstill like being home better πŸ™‚

  291. Beverly permalink
    October 14, 2010 10:21 am

    Away. I’ve never done a race at home or close to home. It might be fun to try one.

  292. October 14, 2010 11:34 am

    Benefits to both. But so glad to have done Ironman Arizona in my own back yard. My sheets, my course, my bed.

  293. Aimee K. permalink
    October 14, 2010 11:35 am

    I LOVE being Home! I have always been a Homebody, I hate the stress of traveling.

  294. canuck_grad permalink
    October 14, 2010 11:51 am

    In general, I like travelling. I like people-watching in the airport. I like feeling like I have an excuse to buy the $2.50 M&Ms and not feel guilty lol.

    As far as racing, I’ve only been in 4 so far, and haven’t travelled for any. I think I’d like though… I’m looking forward to travelling for the hypothetical marathon that might be lurking somewhere in my future.

  295. Michaela permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:17 pm

    I like the idea of travel– something we as a family love to do!– but it just isn’t feasible at the moment. When we do travel, it’s our family time, not “me” time, so no races… But since we live in the suburbs, I love to race in downtown Chicago. It always feels like the best of both worlds– I come from my house and my routine, and might even know people along the course, but since I don’t go there every day it’s an adventure and full of new things to discover.

  296. Tricia permalink
    October 14, 2010 12:37 pm

    Away, who doesn’t love a mini vacation?

  297. Kathy permalink
    October 14, 2010 1:35 pm

    OMG! I had a dream about a jacket that colour last night! I would tell you that it was keeping me warm in an arena while myhusband/kids/I played hockey, but that wouldn’t be true.

    I think it would be warm enough for that though, and my ever-smaller body would look great in it! πŸ˜‰

  298. Molly permalink
    October 14, 2010 1:50 pm

    Never done one away, but being home and around all my creature comforts is hugely important to me…gotta have the right food, bed, etc!

  299. Alison permalink
    October 14, 2010 2:54 pm

    I love to travel to new places (don’t even mind the flying that much) so I love away races. However, for shorter distances I usually stick to home and that’s nice in its own relaxed way.

  300. Megan permalink
    October 14, 2010 4:07 pm

    Fantastic post! I have been a race homebody thus far, except Boston which was bigger than me, and am traveling for a marathon at the end of November with my husband. This post is timely and I appreciate all the wonderful advice about away races and the GOOD that can come from being away! My race is in Seattle which will likely be cold so this post reminded me I get to snuggle up in something incredibly cozy when I’m done! Not the goodwill clothes we’re getting to walk to the starting line and then ditching before the gun goes off!! :):)

  301. October 14, 2010 5:11 pm

    Good question, and I have no idea. I like the mini vacation feel of away. I have a half in January that’s away- so I guess I’ll find out. OK, the driving 16 hours with two kids probably won’t be fun, but I hate driving more than 20 minutes to get anywhere- so Phillie is “away” to me. I sound like an old, cranky lady, don’t I?

  302. October 14, 2010 11:16 pm

    So far, i’ve only been on home turf. Although, I’m already scoping the map for my next running adventure, since my first Half is Sunday. Honolulu Marathon Dec of 2011? Surf City Half 2011? I’m thinking it would be fun to try something at a destination with a BEACH. πŸ™‚

  303. October 15, 2010 4:47 am

    I am a VERY new runner, so I haven’t experienced races away from home. However, I do look forward to the day when I am a good enough runner that I can try races that are farther away.

  304. eleonor forte permalink
    October 15, 2010 9:58 am

    I just finished my very first marathon in my hometown (Chicago) last Sunday! I am definitely prefer home to being away. With four boys that would mean all six of us would have to travel if I raced elsewhere.

  305. eleonor forte permalink
    October 15, 2010 9:58 am

    I just finished my very first marathon in my hometown (Chicago) last Sunday! I definitely prefer home to being away. With four boys that would mean all six of us would have to travel if I raced elsewhere.

  306. October 15, 2010 10:23 am

    i have never done a race where I wasn’t in either my home or a family members home…I do dream of taking a road trip and doing a large marathon one day…but for now, there are plenty of races where I will be resting on my own pillow the night before!

  307. Cyclo permalink
    October 16, 2010 3:33 pm

    At a tri event recently, a fellow swimmer was bemoaning the fact that she’s a runner, and not a swimmer. I told her that I’m not a swimmer either… I’m a couch potato! I can couch potato anywhere, anytime. Exercising is a challenge for me. I once got a euphoric feeling at mile 52 on the bike, but it may have been heat exhaustion. Have never experienced runner’s high, although my friends tell me you have to run more than a mile to feel it. I usually stop at one mile because I feel something… slipped out of alignment! I don’t get into my groove in the pool until the 10th lap or so. Up til the 10th lap, I just have to grit my teeth and throw one arm forward at a time. So I guess competing from home base is my preference, because I really can’t see myself traveling somewhere to participate in a physical event.

  308. Mary permalink
    October 17, 2010 11:36 am

    I don’t have much experience with races away from home…but I do really really like to run close to home. I especially like being familiar with the race course. It helps me so much on race day to know where I should pace myself and where I can kick it in!

  309. Carla O. permalink
    October 18, 2010 9:14 am

    It doesn’t feel like a “real” race unless I go somewhere for it. I completed a half marathon in myhometown (in which I ran 13.1 miles) but it didn’t feel as real as a travel race…

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