Monday, September 10, 2018

7 Reasons to Love Racing

You would think that when I'm not running much there wouldn't be a ton or "running" things I could talk about, but that's not really the case right now.  I'm not sure if it's still a high after my half marathon or if it's just how it is now for me, but I just keep thinking about all the things I really love about running.  This post could go in a million different directions for me right now.  I could write so many things that I've learned or that I've realized or that I love that running has given me. But today I want to focus on why I love racing. 

Racing was the beginning of it all for me. When I was 9 years old and going to cross country meets with my mom to watch my brother run, the feeling, the atmosphere, I fell in love with it! And I hadn't even run one myself.  Immediately I wanted to see how hard I could push myself, how fast I could go.  I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. So I started running. Watching that race, was the reason I started running. When I started racing myself, I started finding out that I loved it even more. 

1. Racing gives me a goal to work for! I usually look for a goal race every year to work towards. It helps me to stay focused and work towards something when I start to feel lazy. 

2. I love that a big part of racing is bringing people together. I've met some really awesome people on the bus, at the starting lines, and even during the race. I also love seeing people that I've met at other races racing with me again!

3. There is such a sense of community in these races. I wish I would have found that in high school cross country, but I was far too competitive for my own good haha.  Now when I run a race I'm always reminded that signing up for that race means being able to relate to others and to cheer them on in their personal goals. Because they will do that for you too! 

4. I love training and running a race with friends! There is just nothing like the bond that happens on a run, but more than that, training with someone and then racing with them and experiencing all those hard miles to see them do amazing on race day! There's just not anything that brings running buddies closer. 

5. Racing either shows you what you need to work more on, or that all your hard work paid off. 

6. And who doesn't love free food? While I'd have to be totally honest and say that I don't have much of an appetite after a race, I do love some fresh fruit or a creamy. Something juicy and cold after I finish. 

7. Racing gives me a drive to keep going. I think everyone says that after a race they always think "when's the next one" a few days after their race. I usually think that within the first few hours after a race. Ha! I'm sure that drives Trevon crazy, but it's true. 

When is your next race?

What is your favorite thing about race day?

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