Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Close to Home Makes You A Local Yokel?



Talking racecations or local yokal this week. I am linking up with PattyErika, and Marcia

2016 taught me an important lesson...racecations are the best!! I sure hope I get at least one good #holottafun weekend this year!




If you look at my race list almost everything I've ever run is less than a three hour drive, with just a few exceptions.  I clearly don't get out enough lol

I tend to look at local races or things within a three hour driving range most of the time. I think I am a wanna be racecation weekend warrior. I wannna go run ALL the races...but the reality is, work schedule, pets, traffic, budget constraints, usually keep me closer to home.

My location in Virginia puts me about two hours from VA Beach and two hours from DC, but traffic is often my deterrent from choosing either location. Maybe 2017 will break that for me, but usually I can talk myself out of those locations pretty easily.

The handful of races I picked out to run this year are all a little over two hours south or west of me.  I always debate about staying overnight when things are just a smidge over that two hour mark!

An overnight is not really a racecation, yes or no??  A quick overnight doesn't feel quite the same to me as real racecation, but I do love them!
And is two/three hours from home "local" ? 

I do LOVE being able to sleep in my bed, but I always jostle with the hotel decision when I am over the two hour drive mark for race morning.

Is leaving the house at 4 a.m. really reasonable?! Thoughts? 
I have not decided because I haven't left that early...yet!

I guess I am a local racer at heart.

Are you running any VA races this year? 

30 comments:

  1. I am definitely a local racer at heart. I love sleeping in my own bed and walking to and from the start/finish line from my house. Racecations are fun but it always kind of stresses me out not knowing the route!

    I have gotten up at 4am for a local race (our big races here start at 6am, so it's inevitable... usually I get up at 3:30am). It's not fun LOL! Every single time I have come home and taken a nap after the race :)

    I have never heard the term local yocal before!!!! I am a yocal!

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    1. Sleeping in your own bed is worth gold :)
      Okay, I am going to remember that when I whining about a 4 a.m. leave time lol I feel less crazy knowing someone has done it!
      I am yokel with you LOL

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  2. I agree with you that racecations are hard. Hard on time, the budget, the family, pets, etc. I'm fine with taking one per year but I feel a little guilty when I take more (this year I took 3). To run RnRChi, which I totally think of as local, I need to get up at 3:30 am to get downtown and parked in time for the 6:30 start. Ugh.

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    1. I would love to take a few more! We'll see what the year holds :)
      Omg, 3:30 is really early for a "local" race lol I am worried I won't be equipped to run if I get up too early.

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  3. I'm a racecation addict, but luckily my husband loves to travel and we just force the kids to deal LOL. You should come to NoVa for a race - so many good ones around here.

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    1. I am going to get brave and come north one of these days!!

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  4. Race-vacations are hard when you work plus they are expensive. It is also easier to sleep in your own bed. Once I drive 2 1/2 hours but usually it is an hour or hour 1/2 max. But having traffic makes it even more undesirable.

    There are trains & buses to DC. I would do that once. You could also come to NYC for a race. I would meet you.



    PCB was the best. I hope we can repeat!!

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    1. It can get very pricey! I am only coming to NY if you meet me :) I need to see where the train takes me.

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  5. Racecations are tough but so fun! I hope we get one together this year!

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  6. Haha I've never put this much thought into whether something is local or not. I guess for me anything in town, so less than 2 hr drive is local. Once I head up north or out of state, no longer local. Out of town multiday racecations are great. We've only done Vegas but we had a fantastic time.

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    1. Vegas is a fun place to run a race! I've been several times, but never run there LOL

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  7. I guess I never really realized you were only 2 hours away from DC! Wow, I get the traffic part but gosh there are so many races we hear about there.

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    1. In theory it is two hours LOL traffic can be brutal - I've been stuck in it many times which is why I have never run a race that far north, yet.

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  8. I guess I never really realized you were only 2 hours away from DC! Wow, I get the traffic part but gosh there are so many races we hear about there.

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  9. Leaving home at 4 for a race or race volunteering isn't too bad, but any time before that sounds crazy early for me. Not impossible, though, if it's for a good reason!

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  10. I really don't go on any racecations - outside of the Boston marathon. My husband wants to run it at least 10 times in a row because those "streakers" get special treatment for registration. You still have to qualify, but even if you only qualify by one second you won't get cut and you can register early (in case it sells out). Anyhow, with kids in our equation, we can't just pack up and go all of the time, so that's a determining factor for us. I'm guessing when they are in college we'll be all around the country!! (Hopefully Big Sur... and London!)

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    1. Well Boston is a great racecation to be part of :)
      The day will come when you can run all the majors that will be fun!

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  11. I do hope to do the Shamrock half some year; not this one, though.

    I'm not sure I'd drive 2-3 hours for a race and then drive right back home! At least to date, I've never done it.

    Most of my races are local, but obviously, none of my halfs have been!

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    1. In VA Beach?? You need to tell me when you register :) That is actually a fairly affordable weekend :)
      I have driven two and half hours right after I run, I get stiff!

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  12. I TOO wish I could travel more to races! I'm always deterred by the cost of rooms! But, I guess you only live once so maybe we BOTH should travel more??

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    1. I have serious FOMO LOL
      I do hope to get more races in this year than last!

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  13. I like local races but lately I am less drawn to races in general. Like...spending the money and getting up early for them has really lost the appeal. But if I'm going to have to travel more than 30 minutes I try to stay with a friend or family the night before the race. I hate getting up really early to drive to a race!

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    1. I did not run many races when I first started running, but they do seem to keep me more motivated on days when I would other wise skip working out.
      Early morning doesn't really appeal to me but I bet I will do it a few times lol

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  14. Sometimes I think it is fun to do both, doing a lot locally can save a lot of money and give more funds to a few big racations we may want to have on our schedule each year!

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  15. I'm definitely a local racer, but I think it's mostly due to budget constraints. If money weren't a factor, I could probably do a racecation proper. But since it is a factor, the few racecations I've done were more headaches than anything.

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    1. I feel ya on the constraints. I have a small budget too and sometimes it does make me stress and it s supposed to be fun right.

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  16. I'm so with you on drinking the wine and committing to challenges. Come to think of it that is exactly how I got roped in lol! Course Kim's cute self was hard to say no too! Are you drinking wine now? Sure you don't wanna do a push up challenge with me bahahaha?

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