Last week Carla wrote on MizFitOnline about why she doesn’t compete in athletic events, and Roni wrote on Just Roni about why she does. I’ve been mulling the same question for a while.
It’s not about the t-shirts.
Or the finisher’s medals.
It’s not about the post-race food.
Except when it is.
It’s not about winning–that only happened once!
It’s a little bit of this–training and racing with friends.
But mostly–for me–it’s this.
Having a race on the calendar makes me more disciplined about my workouts.
I make more of an effort to fit in my workouts even when my schedule gets crazy.
I am less susceptible to the snooze button (except when I’m not!).
I do more challenging workouts–speed intervals, hill repeats.
I make more of an effort to stretch and use my foam roller.
Having a race on the calendar gives me a tangible reason to make myself a priority
when I am faced with competing demands on my time.
Having a race on the calendar forces me to set goals and follow a plan to reach them.
Why do you race?