When asked about my race schedule last cycle, I heard “only?” “anything else?” “what about *insert race*?” a lot. Then a conversation with another runner last night during a practice run got me thinking so here I am for another Think out Loud Thursdays hosted by lovely Running with Spoons!
She asked me what I was training for for 2015 and I listed a few (it’s going to be a race filled year for me unlike 2014!) and when I asked her back, she said none. I held off asking the same questions that were usually thrown at me since I know how they feel but it got me thinking – do we have to run races?
It feels like everyone is training for something or another but that’s because the people I’ve surrounded myself with are fellow racers! I personally love racing because it gives me a goal to reach (and things to buy to reward myself for reaching said goal … haha) and training for a race while connecting with others online running the same race gives me the sense of a running community – someone to ask for a ride, someone to panic with, and someone to rant to about race day conditions!
But do we really need races to run? Races are expensive and they take a lot of time out of our schedule to train for them/do them.
Some of you are going to say no and some yes. Everyone is different and I personally feel like I’m a yes because without the incentive of “omg I paid $70 for this, I better get my butt into shape!” I usually just end up on the couch with Netflix playing (aka me after my last half marathon of the season for a whole month).
So tell me, what are your thoughts on it?
*Sorry if all of this seems jumbled! I just finished my final exams and I’m a little giddy! :D <3
PS If you haven’t already seen, I’m giving away a 10 pack of the new VegaOne all-in-one nutritional shake and a Vega Bottle here. & as usual, stay tuned for more giveaways this holiday season! (hint: Feetures! socks?!)