Why Are Races on Sundays?

I would like to petition weekends either:

  1. get extended a day

With that said, Happy Sunday all :).

I left you all yesterday with a pretty severe case of Runner’s High….which was awesome.  A great 10 miler was exactly what this lady needed to get my head back in the game and be ready to show up to Saint Louis ready to give it my all.

The rest of our afternoon wasn’t all that exciting.  We made a Sprouts trip that was pretty small since Zach’ll be gone the next few days, and we’re both gone by next weekend.

I did pick up my first pumpkin beer of the season though :


TommyKnocker small batch — It’s a little heavier on the seasonal favors like molasses than pumpkin, but still a really good fall beer.  A good way to celebrate a good long run.


Along with some serious compressing


And snacking

For whatever reason — after long runs I have very little appetite, and yesterday I had ZERO appetite after my run.  Not like I felt sick, which is good, just not hungry at all.

I did try a new form of fueling (the week before a race, of course).  I ate my normal Larabar pre run with coffee, but then also took another Larabar to break into pieces during my run and eat every 4 songs after my first 4 miles.  It ended up not upsetting my stomach and I never felt like I bonked on the run, so this may be my fuel of choice for next Sunday.

We watched a lot of FRIENDS and college football for awhile before the Notre Dame game and Detroit Tigers games came on, which we watched until 7 when we had reservations with friends at the Ale House near our place.

My friend we met up with last night is also running her first half marathon next weekend (but on Saturday, which I’m totally jealous about.  Does anyone know why races are on Sunday?), AND she’s getting married in December, so we had lots to talk about :).

By the time we got home, we watched the rest of the DVR’d Detroit game (bummer) then managed to fall asleep on the couch.   We’re cool like that :).

And now — I’m getting ready to head out for a quick shake out run (just a 5k) then relax for the afternoon.  I definitely think there is a pumpkin latte in my near future.

Question of the Morning:  Does anyone know WHY races are on Sundays? OR does anyone else just wish they’d be on Saturdays?

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18 thoughts on “Why Are Races on Sundays?

  1. I’m glad they’re on Sundays because I can use all day Saturday to prepare, properly fuel and hydrate, and just relax. If they were on Saturdays, I would feel too hectic coming off a long work week. Of course, I wish I could take off the Monday after to recuperate but oh well, we can’t have it all I guess!

  2. Can weekends be both of your options above? Longer and slower. 🙂 As for races on the weekends, I think they’re likely on Sunday because more people either have that day off or can get that day off. Maybe another option is because you then don’t have to go straight from work to a race? Hmm, I don’t know. Glad the Larabar worked out during your run. I think those are quite good but they’re just too sweet for me. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I found these bars called “Bonk Breakers.” The peanut butter and jelly one is my favorite. There’s really a very small amount of sugar difference than the Larabar, but for me it somehow works. I also have a sensitive stomach and those are really the only things that don’t make me sick during running. 🙂

  3. I love Saturday races! The Baltimore Half, usually my fall target race is always on a Saturday to avoid conflicts with the Ravens’ schedule, and a handful of other local races are in Saturday, and they just work so much better for me. I always do long runs on Saturday (Sundays are for sloth and football half the year) and have a hard time psychologically adjusting to Sunday races. I also have a harder time getting up early on Sundays for some reason.

  4. I like races on Sunday, but only because my race schedule is set up for that haha. I think it would be nice to have races on Saturday so I could have a relaxing rest day…or races could be on Sunday but we should all get Monday off 😉

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