Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why race?

Today's Take it and Run Thursday at Runners' Lounge is sponsored by MCM Mama who asks:

We've all discussed why we run, but why do you RACE and how do you choose which races to run?

Do you look for certain distances, swag, location, start time, or something else? Tell me how you decide where and when to race. Also, I'm currently on a quest to run a race in every state. Please tell me--and others about a particular race you've run that is not to be missed.

That's a good question. Why do we runners race? Why do we do we push ourselves so hard? Why does someone, like me, who has no chance of winning, race?

I wondered that a lot a few weeks ago when I ran that rotten 5K race. I felt like crud. I just wanted to be done. I did not like racing one bit on that day. Not one bit.

But that passed. Because, truthfully, I enjoy racing. Although I don't race all that often (just a few races a year; so far I've run 5), I like it. I like the build up to the race, the goal setting, the anticipation, the hard effort that a race takes in order to be successful. I like the purpose and focus it gives to my running.

I also like the feeling of community that comes with the shared experience of racing. When you line up at the start of a race, whether that race has 35 entrants or 3500, you can't help but feel part of a pretty awesome group. Now, I may be biased but I think runners kinda rule. And to get out on a Saturday morning or whenever and try to run your best, knowing that all the runners around you are doing the same, can be very empowering. All those runners, running hard. I like that community!

The other thing that I like about racing is that it gives me a glimpse of what I'm capable of doing. Because I race, I know I can push myself fairly hard. I also know that sometimes my mind gets in my way and trips me up, but other times it helps me reach what I may have otherwise thought were unreachable goals. Racing sharpens the body and the mind.

There are so many other reasons to race, more than I could mention here. I can't wait to read about why others race!

Have a great day, everyone! It's going to be 70 degrees here today!! You better believe I'll be out running :-)

~ Felice

14 comments:

Teamarcia said...

So true Flice! Races push us beyond our perceived limitations. Enjoy that Indian summer weather!

Teamarcia said...

EEK! I meant Felice! Sorry for the typo!

Denise said...

So true...I like racing cause I love seeing what I can actually do when I push myself.

Heather said...

Great reasons for racing! I definitely love the sense of community.

Marlene said...

Great post! I complete agree that racing allows and encourages us to push ourselves harder than we would on a typical everyday run. Also love the community aspect. Bling is fun, too. :)

MCM Mama said...

Totally agree with your reasons for racing! Thanks for answering my question!

J said...

I can't believe how warm it has been! I love this fall running!

Tina at Gotta Run Now said...

Those are great reasons! I like the challenge to get faster and run smarter.

macnic said...

Good post. I agree with your reasons. I love the ability to keep pushing that comes with a race.

runner said...

Hey Felice, Enjoyed your post and your blog.

I just started running races this year after being away from it since forever ago. I've been fortunate to win my age group and I have to tell you that's pretty exciting for this young middle aged girl.

X-Country2 said...

What a fantastic fall day to run!

Stefan said...

excellent reasons!

Quix said...

Why race? Because I am competitive and am a huge procrastinator. So if I give myself a deadline (a race) I will train for it. Otherwise, I'll take forever getting to a goal! I love the energy of running with a group for a change, and I like wearing a number. :)

Kenley said...

Great Post! I am a beginning runner, well, coming back runner, whatever. I will be doing my first 5k November 15th. Cant wait. I enjoy your site. Lots of good tips and motivators. Thanks, and keep it going

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