HAPPY Tuesday Morning friends!
I feel like I get asked the question a lot about what the difference between ‘running’ is versus ‘racing’? As I am applying for the RunWestin position it brought back a lot of wonderful memories of all the marathons I have done, especially the three that I BQ’d at! I would love to say that it was simple and you just follow these 1, 2, 3 steps… BUT IT’S JUST NOT THAT SIMPLE 😉
I wrote this post a couple years back and I thought I would bring it around again, as I know I have a few new readers who are runners out there!
When I sign up for a race, I usually have made my mind up if I am going to ‘run’ it or ‘race’ it?
Don’t get me wrong, I will be smiling no matter what 🙂 but when I go out to ‘race’, I always carry my water and fuel because even those few moments stopping at water station are important. I also make sure to have SUPER FAST PACED MUSIC and don’t really run with anyone.
I make sure my time chip is nice and secure.
When I am ‘racing’, I am PUSHING! I always try to make sure I am not stuck on someone else’s pace. It’s easy to mimic the runner in front of you and then get stuck in a much slower pace. This is why my Garmin is so important when I am racing. I have to run “MY RACE”!
When I am ‘racing’, I take the start a lot more serious! I wake up extra early, take my pre-race meal serious and I get a ton of sleep the night before.
I always seem to feel like the biggest klutz at the end! The LACTIC ACID goes straight to my brain! There is always tears too 😉
I have learned that even in those last few miles… EVERY STEP COUNTS!!!
I’ve almost missed Boston Qualifying by a minute. I had to stay mentally strong! I mentally yell at myself saying how strong I am. MANTRAS do work friends!
And I am ALWAYS sprinting to the end!
When I am ‘running’ a race, I am having a LOT more fun!
I am playing ‘chill music’ and not worrying about my time.
I am running with some of my favorite people!
I am not KILLING myself at the end! I am having fun with the spectators!
I have been know to text while I am ‘running’ 😉
And sometimes… even though I go out just to ‘run’ a race, I surprise myself!
It might seem like I hate ‘racing’, but I DON’T!!! I love the thrill and competition… it’s always worth the pain in the end!
I am really happy with my PR’s and I have no plans to break them in the near future!
5K – 19:36
10K – 41:49
15K – 1:09:07
Half Marathon – 1:37:19
Marathon – 3:24:00
It’s always about your BEST POSSIBLE not someone else’s 🙂
Question: Do you like to ‘race’ or ‘run’ races?
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