Sunday, September 6, 2009

Why I Love Races

Tomorrow morning I am running in the 3rd annual memorial 5K for my husband's grandpa who passed away in 2006. It is just a family 5K that family members can run/walk each year to kick off the family reunion festivities. Best part: it's free, and still gives you that good-amazing-end-of-the-race-finish-line feeling. Can't wait.
I was reflecting the other day on just how much money my husband and I have spent on running races over the years. This year alone has cost us several hundred dollars (not including gas and hotel costs for the out-of-town ones.) But honestly, it's money that I wouldn't want to spend on anything else. I LOVE races. I'll tell you why:
  1. Races give me a reason to run. It's a lot easier to get out and run long distances when I know that I'm working towards something. (i.e. working towards not collapsing on the course!)
  2. Races are a concrete way to track my running progress.
  3. Race-day endorphins are addicting!
  4. Crossing the finish line--no matter how long the race--puts me on a high for days!
  5. Being a runner in a race is a lot more fun than being a spectator!
  6. I love being surrounded by hundreds of other runners headed for the same finish line!
  7. Lots of people don't care about it, but I love the special shirt I get just for running the race!
  8. I love finish line treats!
  9. I love the finisher medal.
  10. I love feeling like I actually accomplished what I set out to do.
  11. I love seeing my cute family at the end!
  12. Finish lines ALWAYS make me cry.

After the 5K tomorrow, I have one last race to finish the season. My husband and I (along with 10 others) are running in the Las Vegas Ragnar Relay. I can't wait!

If you've never run a race, start with a 5K. You just might cross the finish line and go sign up for a marathon!

Have you ever run a race? Are you addicted, or did you swear off running forever?

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Aubrey said...

ditto to everything you said. and I'm pretty sure everyone does races for the shirt. can't wait for our next race!

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Michael said...

maybe if i ran one, i would enjoy them...but don't think that means i'm signing up for your next marathon.

Kimberly said...

I need to run a 5K so I can feel the endorphins from that...but that's it! What great motivator you are to running....keep, keep, keep it up...keep that running spirit it up!

Marci & Marcus said...

Running a race definitely keeps your running progress going, you have to!! I was inspired by Robyn to run my first half-marathon before Tate turned one. I did it, and it was awesome! I would start crying at the gym, while running, just thinking about that future finish line and people there supporting me! what an awesome feeling, and yes I want to do it again. As I keep mentioning this post baby muffin top is killing me and what better way to shave it off than to run, run, run! Now if I could just get past the first part here when places all over my body are jiggling that really shouldn't jiggle that much! Any tips on that?! J/K

Marci & Marcus said...

PS, if you were wondering Robyn won the John Grant Bartholomew 5K! Way to go Roby Doby!! Sp?

Diane said...

You won the 5K? Way to go Robs!! I admire your "do it" attitude! Love ya!

carla said...

you WON????


Anonymous said...

I love races for the shirt and the medal too!! and of course the endorphins are excellent!!! :) I did the ogden relay this year... my first running experience ever and I'm hooked! I'm totally doing it agian next year! :)

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