I have to admit that I thought that running and racing were synonymous. Why would one run if it wasn’t to race? I am fortunate enough to live in an area where races are so plentiful, we actually have to choose between multiple races on the same day.
Anyway, being immersed in the blogging world has opened my eyes to the fact that some people may in fact not actually race, and recently, I have not been racing that much either. I ran a race the other day–it was more the spontaneous type of race where we signed up the night before on a car ride home. It was not my best by far, but it was motivational to be back out there and gave me a spark to set some goals. It also got me reflecting on the days where we would race every weekend–sometimes both days. And then to the days where we actually planned out a race schedule.
Whether you run to race, or race to run, planning a realistic schedule is key to having a positive experience.
Runners have seemingly infinite number of reasons to run, and therefore infinite goals in terms of what they expect from races. Goals for a race may be 1) to compete, 2) to have fun, or 3) to train. Of course there could be more, but these are the general areas from my personal experience. Identifying the reason, or goal for running the race, will give you peace of mind with the outcome.
Choosing that sexy marathon may seem so tempting, but be sure to thoroughly think things over before registering. Ask yourself the tough questions like, do I have the time to train, or do I even want to run this distance? Try not to get caught up in the hype and pick a distance that fits your lifestyle.
Running races usually start around 8 or 9 in the morning, so the actual location of the race does play an important part in race scheduling. Choosing races that are closer to home, and an easy commute, can make race morning much more enjoyable.
Sometimes races can serve as a goal–something to train for and a way to motivate yourself to go a little further–so make sure you plan a realistic race schedule to get the most out of race day. Identifying your goals, picking a realistic distance, and choosing a convenient location will all play a part in shaping your race experience.
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