Wherever you happen to be, jumping into a 5K race is a great way to get a quality workout. Besides, it is usually a wonderful way to connect with the local community and potentially raise funds for a good cause.
Even when treating a race as “just” a workout; most people tend to run harder in a race than they do in a workout. There is just something about a race that makes you push yourself. A short race like a 5K is long enough to get a great workout, but it is not long enough to beat yourself up. It only takes a day or two recover from a 5K.
No matter where you are for the Christmas season, find a race and enter it. It is a great way to enhance your training and experience the local environment.
Trail Race Florida Style
This year, I’m spending a good portion of early winter in Florida. Obviously trail running in Florida is a bit different than Montana. Other than being flat as a pancake, the natural surfaces are soft and forgiving. There are no rocks. The only footing obstacles may be some tree roots. In a race I just did, the event organizers even painted exposed roots orange so people wouldn’t trip over them. Imagine that!
A lot of the soil in Florida is sandy with just some organic material like leaves and plant debris on top. So the surfaces can be very soft. And of course there is running in the sand on the beach. Although the Hoka One One Mafate may not be all that great on rugged rocky terrain like the Ridge Run, the wide sole of the Hoka offers terrific flotation on soft surfaces like sand or spongy St. Augustine Grass. Hokas really shine in Florida.
Just for fun check out these cool looking compression socks.