Racing Vs. Running

Over the years I have learned that there is a HUGE difference between running and racing!


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ When I go out to "race"  I carry water and my fuel, because even those few minutes stopping at water stop in my mind are important. I also make sure to have SUPER FAST paced music and don’t really run with anyone.

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I make sure my time chip is nice and secure. Well sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When I am "racing" I am PUSHING! I always try to make sure I am not stuck in 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, I take my pre-race meal serious, and I get a ton of sleep the night before.


And 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


I have learned that even in those last few miles every step counts!!! (almost missed Boston by a minute). I have to stay mentally strong! I mentally yell at myself and keep telling myself how strong I am.


And I am ALWAYS sprinting to the end!!

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When I am "running" a race I am having a LOT more fun!!!!


I am chilling to the chill music and not worrying about my time.

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I am running with some of my favorite people!

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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" ๐Ÿ˜‰


and sometimes even though I go out just to "run" a race, I surprise myself!


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It might seem like I hate "racing", but I DON’T!!! I love the’s always worth the pain in the end!

I am really happy with my PR’s and I have no plans to break them!

5K – 19:36
10K – 41:49
15K – 1:09:07
Half Mar. – 1:37:19
Marathon – 3:24:00

It’s always about your BEST POSSIBLE not someone else’s ๐Ÿ™‚

Question: Do you like to "race" or "run" races?


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