To Race or Not to Race?
It has been about five years since I started running. During that time, I have been able to run in a few races. I have run two 5Ks (3.1 miles), a few 10Ks (6.2 miles), and one Half-Marathon (13.1 miles). This is a pretty paltry number of races for how many miles I have run in the past five years. I have never run a marathon. That’s ok though, since the focus of my running has never been to win races. Time for that to change.
I have begun to view races a bit differently. Instead of viewing them as things I would not win, I now view them as accomplishments. I have had many other 5K, 10K, and even a few 13.1 mile training runs, but these runs did not bring with them the accomplishment I felt after completing the races. Also, in each race I ran them with friends, so the social aspect of the races should not be ignored. Having said that, I believe I would benefit from completing races even if my friends are not signed up for them.
No matter how slow you are going, you are still lapping everyone on the couch!
The above statement is a great comfort to me. I don’t know who said it. I do not run fast. My fastest 5K is 25:19, my fastest 10K was 59:53, and my Half-Marathon was 2:28:16. One thing I can do is keep running. Most of my training runs are in the 10:00 to 11:00/mile pace, and I’m fine with that. I learned long ago I was not trying to beat the other runners in any race – I am trying to beat the desire to quit when I feel the pain of running miles on end. That is how I win a race – many training runs at a time beating my body and mind into submission in order to achieve what I want.
Time to Put Up or Shut Up
I signed up for the 2017 Cowtown Marathon. It cost $90. This will be my longest run to date. I started the training for it at the beginning of the month of August. It has been a bit slow going. I am following a MapMyRun training IOS app running guide. I set it to Intermediate Experienced Runner, long runs on Thursday, and the race date matching the 2017 Cowtown Marathon (Sunday February 27th).
Fortunately, I am starting way ahead of the recommended training timeline. The application has been in an eight week build up “pre-race training period” that will work perfectly with the coming cooler weather. Normally my running suffers in the month of May and that sort of sets the tone for the whole summer. Since I don’t take the time to acclimate myself to warmer temperatures, I am often relegated to running during the night-time hours in summer. Each year I tell myself that I will run a consistent schedule in May, but I am often derelict in doing so. I then get my head back in the game around August. This is the same pattern I am completing this year.
After completing this post I will go for my 4 mile training run today. When it comes to running quotes, I remember the late Steve Prefontaine who lost his life senselessly while driving drunk after a party celebrating his victory at a race. Some of his quotes about running are fantastic! Just like this one…
Want to run the Cowtown with me on keep up on my training? Go to the Contact Me page and send me an email. I’ll give you my MapMyRun username so you can following along with my runs.
Next post will probably talk about the gear I use when running. Learn from my mistakes in buying the gear and get only the stuff that will make the difference for your running.