Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why Do We Race?

Could you go a whole year without racing? If you call yourself a runner and not a jogger (check out Pearl Izumi) then why do we race. Is it the thrill of winning? Fun? Enjoy time with friends? Donate to a charity? Or because there wouldn’t be a point to running? I’m not writing this to point fingers or just say people aren’t true runners, in fact I do races so running in the same locations doesn’t become a repeated action with no visual satisfaction as medals or t-shirts. To clarify I’m not a “true or elite” runner, just a person that enjoys to run.

Then what is the point of this post? There isn’t one, just want to write and see what is in our mind that makes us race. After reading Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, he writes that running is on our DNA but doesn’t say anything about proving that we can beat our best PR or do a 100 mile ultra marathon. And here comes my first point.

Stop running to prove yourself that you can do it and do it because you enjoy it. If you aren’t smiling while running or at the finish line then you haven’t trained enough or you don’t enjoy it. Running for some is about getting 20 minutes of cardio or losing weight, while for others it’s about waking up at 6am and going running just because you want to. Don’t do it because you have to, learn to enjoy the sport.

Also, why do you want to prove yourself or others that you can run 100 miles? Anybody can run 100 miles that sets their mind and body up to the challenge, it is not impossible. It might be unattainable to do it under 20 hours but that’s a different story. Do it because you want to and not because you have to. Some people run a marathon just so they can put a 26.2 sticker on their car and tell everybody how they thought it was impossible and they proved everybody wrong, a large percentage of those people will not run for much longer. They don’t see a reason or an achievable goal.

I will write more about this as I find more personal and professional reasons on why we race.

Remember to just keep running for no reason.

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