I just returned from running one of the prettiest half marathon courses I've ever run. I brought a team of about 100 runners from my company Chicago Endurance Sports to run the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon, and although it was hilly, they ran, they conquered and they tasted wine at the end! That's not something I recommend or even do myself post race, but when in Rhone, I mean Rome...
One of the coaching lessons I've learned through the years is to go
with the flow. Some races you get out there and hammer, and other times you
go with what the day brings. And when you run a race through the Santa
Barbara Wine Country, that means making friends with the hills and
enjoying wine at the end... And as you can see from the wine tasting tent below, we did just that.
These days, running a race can mean so many things for so many different people. There are charity runners running for their cause, the elites trying to get the win and every day mortals, getting away for a fun-filled weekend with a challenge thrown in the middle. What ever your reason, find a race that you can enjoy. Because if you're not having fun out there, what's the point.