Sunday, July 8, 2012

Why do you run?

On 4th of July I ran the Harbor Run 10k at Channel Islands harbor. I did this race by myself which was a little different but I actually kind of liked it. It's a local race so it was only about a 15 minute drive for me.

The morning started off smooth; got to the start line early, easily picked up my bib and had no lines for the Porta Potties. Score. 

I really think the absolute worst part about racing (besides the bad costume choices) are the Porta Potties. They're disgusting! People: please do us all a favor and don't miss the big black hole! 

Enough potty talk.... the race started pretty much on time. I ran my first mile in 8:05 then attempted to maintain that pace. It didn't last long as my shin began aching. I think I held the pace till about mile 1.5 then it was a slow, painful, death filled with bursts of 8:15 min/mile pace and walk breaks. I should have started off slower.

Around mile 4 I tried to slow my pace down to 9:15-9:30s but that didn't even help. So I sucked it up had running with walk intervals and hobbled to the finish at 58:07. 

After the race I didn't really want to talk to anyone. I was just kind of beating myself up in my own head, frustrated and physically aching. It was a long walk back to my car.

It made me wonder (again) why the heck do I do this?  I spend so much time, energy and money on running. Is it even worth it? Why do I race? When do I even run?

People don't seem to understand my addiction but thats okay by me. I don't run to impress anybody. If I did that, I'd of stopped a long time ago. I run solely for myself. My running is selfish, its me time, its  to gain mental strength and blow off stress.

Why I run:

Oh yeah, that's why I run. Time to suck it up, improve my training and run with my heart. 

Why do you run?


4 comments:

  1. Sorry about your cruddy race. We all have them, and they suck every time.:(

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  2. I run to try and be healthy.
    Sorry your race wasn't great. I hope your week improved.

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  3. I run to get away. Since I work as a QA agent, I spend a lot of my time at work being "negative", in a way. I know my job is important, but sometimes I just feel bad about doing nothing but pointing out errors. When I run, I don't think about any of that and get away from it all :)

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  4. Hey girl, don't beat yourself up about that race! We all have good and bad races and usually with no explanation of why. I run because I feel great when I do. I LOVE that I can go run 4-5 miles with little effort!

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