We runners are a tight group. We encourage each other to reach our goals. We share our training routines and tips for avoiding injury. We congratulate each other for crossing the finish line smiling. In many ways, we are like a close-knit mom’s group. That makes sense, because I can think of at least five ways racing is like having a baby.
- When you are training for your race, you want to read books about racing and talk to other runners about their race experiences.
- When you are with other runners, you have no qualms about discussing intimate bodily functions–chafing, toe nails, and even bowel habits may come up in conversation.
- As your race approaches, you begin nesting by laying out all your race gear. You get so excited about the big day that you can’t sleep.
- When you are near the end of your race, you have to push through the wall. This may involve cursing and vowing that you will never race again.
- Once you cross the finish line, you ride the high of endorphins. Before you realize what you’ve done, you’ve signed up for three more races.
Can you think of other ways racing is like having a baby?