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?