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There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...

3.15.2011

Racing is on my Mind. It's worth it.

I've got the itch to go race!

I doubt my times would be much to brag about, or even mention, but it kicked in yesterday - it's racing season. I've only had one race so far this year and it was a virtual 5k. I enjoyed the virtual 5k, but it lacked in some areas. While there were other people doing it - there were...

...no runners in the distance to catch up to.
...no finish line with people standing around and cheering.
...no one to take either my number or official timing at the finish line.
...no old people that I thought shouldn't have beaten me that did :)
...no race swag
...no number to post on my wall
...no medal presentations
...no other exhausted people to talk about the race with
...no sometimes ugly race t-shirts (I think this is the only time we really accept ugly t-shirts and are happy about them)

I miss the atmosphere of racing. I miss the comradery that is associated with it.

It's kicked in though. I found a 5k this upcoming Saturday. My wife and I are to go pick up some friends from the airport in Springfield, MO on Saturday - so we will leave early in the morning to go do this race and leave in time from the race to go pick our friends up.

You may ask yourself?

Is it worth it to leave extra early and drive 30 minutes out of your way to go run in a race?

It is worth it.

Even if you can only walk - go participate in a race. It's addicting and exhilirating. Once you find that you can complete something - you're hooked.

5 comments:

Deb said...

I agree. There is nothing that compares to the rush you get while racing. And, I almost always find races show me that I am capable of more then I realized.

Jeremy Logsdon said...

You are one of the people who has inspired me to run (okay, walk/jog) my first 5K in two weeks. And my second a week after that. And my third a week after that one. The bug has gotten me and I haven't even done one yet. I blame you, but it's a good thing. :)

Seth said...

@Jeremy - I love it man! I want to see the pictures already!

paulawannacracker said...

yes, I'm so excited about race season even though I've yet to run a complete 5k without stopping. I just did a search on active.com for races in my area. Even though it's raining in Sacramento, it makes me very happy to know these events are just around the corner.

yea for spring!

Mary said...

I agree even though sometimes I don't have the cash for races, they are great and your list is perfect, espeicailly the old people comment!!