Running Vs. Racing

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.

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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!

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When I am ‘running’ a race, I am having a LOT more fun!


I am playing ‘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’ 😉


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 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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17 responses to “Running Vs. Racing”

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  4. I love this post! But, as a beginner, I’d have to say that every run feels like it has the intensity of a race lol!

  5. Love, love, love this post on so many levels!! Thank you 🙂

  6. I cannot go into anything competitively or else I will get super bummed if I don’t achieve what I want… So everything to me is just a fun game 😉

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  7. I race to run! Might I add you are a fast runner!!!

  8. We are runners 🙂

  9. I am much more a runner than a racer. I love doing it for fun over time and PR’s (Maybe bc I’m scared I’ll never break my PR’s?) and Vega is my FAVORITE protein in the world. Thank you for sharing about the sale!!

  10. I love this post! I usually just “run” most races – though I have a goal I don’t really kill myself. This time for my next marathon I am “racing” – I am giving it my all and will do everything I can to BQ. I am training much more focused and harder! This is my first real experience racing.

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  11. I have a hard time just running a race because I’m way too competitive. I’ll start out saying I’m just going to run it, but after mile one I say forget it and hit the throttle. I want to run one of the Disney races because I feel like running around Disney will force me to take a step back and just enjoy the race.

  12. I would definitely consider myself a runner. There’s no pressure this way and then it’s just fun with no great expectations.

  13. jlthore Avatar

    I am a ‘runner’ not a ‘racer’!! I will say that I ‘race’ against myself, but if it’s not fun I probably wouldn’t continue to do it!!