Hi everyone! If you’ve ever read Runner’s World, you’ve probably seen the pictures that they show in the beginning of every magazine of the Rave Run of the month. They’re usually some amazing location, and the runner is running on some impossible looking trail that would probably make me pass out from altitude sickness if I ever tried it.
While each month shows a beautiful location, I’m always wondering how many people can actually run in a place like that. I mean, if I was hiking on the above trail I’d be nervous about falling and would be staring around at everything taking pictures – there’s no way I’d be running along there like it was no big deal!
I recently found this Runner’s World article online which talks about Rave Runs vs. normal runs, and I totally have to agree with the author. In the article, he states that, “There’s natural beauty everywhere if you look for it. And there’s an important point here concerning long-term success in running: Getting the most today out of the good-enough almost always trumps waiting for the perfect, whether we’re talking weather, training partners, shoes, racing fitness, motivation or where to run.” No matter where you’re running, you’re probably having an awesome moment even if you don’t realize it. I’ve run in some really boring places in my life, and whenever I do that I realize that I start to notice things that I never did before – like parks I didn’t know existed, streets with awesome christmas light displays, really pretty gardens, and hills that are perfect for hill repeats – and they don’t seem as boring anymore! A run could be a few laps around your neighborhood, but if the temperature feels good and you’re in a great mood then it’s totally a Rave Run! There are so many factors that go into making something a Rave Run, and location is only a small part of it.
Ever since moving to Alaska, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to run in some seriously beautiful places. And what I’ve learned is that sometimes, location isn’t everything! You might be in a beautiful place, but you’re probably going to be sweating, hungry, and hoping that you can get through the last 5 minutes of your run just like you would if you were running in a boring place. So if you want to have a Rave Run this week, get out and make it happen! Choose to go at your favorite time of day, run with a killer view of the sunset or sunrise, try a new route if you’re bored, and spend time noticing all the beautiful things you see. And if you do have one, let me know!
When was your last personal Rave Run? Where is the prettiest place you’ve ever run?