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?


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

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

  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 :)

  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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