If you were to ask me why I love racing while I was in the middle of running a race I would tell you I don’t (assuming I could speak). I would actually probably even tell you that I hate it. Whether I did great or not, I would also be the same person that is scouring the computer to find another race as soon as I got home. So what is about racing that keeps us coming back for more. There are countless benefits to running, but why race? Why pay to do something you can do for free?
I ran for about 10 years without having ever really thought about running a race. Then I thought I will do just one, a marathon. I have done a bunch of races since and still just love it!
Here are some reasons why I love racing:
1. The structure of my training when I am working towards a goal. Knowing that with each completed workout I am one step closer to reaching a goal.
2. The start of a race. The running community is great and seeing everyone getting ready to do something they worked hard for is so fun!
3. Crossing the finish line. Whether you accomplished the goal you had in mind or not, finishing feels great!
4. Getting to see new places for a race.
5. Because I run races, my kids love to run races and I love that! I love getting to train and enjoy the outdoors with them. I love seeing them work towards something and accomplish it.
Even when I don’t run the race that I wanted to, I still love racing!
Now on to my 10k re-cap from Saturday.
I have only run one other 10k and that was 2 years ago.
I found this race and thought it sounded fun. There was also prize money for placing in each age group which is awesome!
We had some friends in town for the weekend so she came with me. She even held my place in line at the porta potty while I ran a quick warm up (isn’t that what friends are for).
I went into the race feeling like a PR was definitely possible (41:43 is my 10k PR), but would not be easy. I decided to try to stay around 6:45 pace and then hopefully kick the last mile. I knew nothing about the course though.
It didn’t quite go that way. 10th female, 4th in my age group, 42:59. I am actually not quite sure what happened. I did not go out too fast, I felt great….I know I can do better. It was super humid, it rained, and the course turned out to be very hilly. Not necessarily huge hills, but tons of ups and downs!
Here were my splits: 6:45, 6:33, 6:53, 7:07, 7:38, 6:58. Mile 5 was obviously a hard one for me.
I did what I pretty much always do and started looking for another 10k when I got home :).
We had a great 4th! We got together with some friends and watched fireworks on a hill by their house.
A bunch of kids, a bunch of glow sticks, cornfields, food & fireworks = tons of fun!!!!!
Marathon training starts next week and I am excited! I am doing a new training plan this training cycle and I am actually a little nervous. It is different than what I have done before and a lot more structured.
Are you training for anything right now?
What do you love about racing?