5.05.2008

On Your Mark...Get Set... Register!

A sweet bloggy friend, and fellow runner, Sunshine, recently wondered about feeling *ready* for a race event. I appreciated her question because I remember wondering if I was race ready not so terribly long ago.

First of all, whether you are Speedy Gonzalez, a turtle or somewhere in between; whether you run outside or on a treadmill, or a combination of the two, you ARE a runner. Believe it. You are. It took me a long time to claim it, I always modified it (sometimes I still do by saying, yes, I run, but I'm really slow), but I still consider myself a runner.

Most likely I will not win a race, I may not ever win in my age group, I may get lapped by a 60+ Grandma. That's okay. Running in an event, whatever the distance, is about the overall experience and the personal accomplishment. It's about the cheers and support of the crowds; it's about the young girl or boy that hands you a cup of cold water; it's about the child that gives you a high five along the course and his big brother holding a sign that says "Run Mama Run!"; it's about crossing the finish line and knowing you did it.

Often signing up and committing to a race event, whether it's a 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon can be the motivation you need to take your running habit a little more seriously and experience it on a different level. The race environment is hard to describe, but unforgettable. You definitely feel the energy and the support from your fellow runners and the crowd.

So. Whatcha waitin' for? Find a race in your area and sign up!

Look for signs or ads about local races in your area; search online or visit your local running store to find race information. A 5K (a little over 3 miles) might be a good starting distance. If you want slightly more of a challenge check out the 10K (a little over 6 miles). Many of these events are family friendly and some allow strollers. Often there are events for the kidlets, like a Kids' K, and it's a great way to share your passion for running with your children. Once you have set a clear goal and you've put some money on the line, now you need to follow through and train safely for your race.

If you have never registered for a race, whatever the distance, I challenge you to give it a try this summer or fall. I can't wait to hear about your race experiences.

You CAN do it! You are RUNNERS. Go girls, GO!

10 comments:

  1. amen, sista-friend!

    I love races. I love the vibe. I love that all of these people have gathered for the same reason. I love pinning on my race bib. I love the whole experience!

    my husband, on the other hand, has the attitude of "I could go out and run this [x amount of miles] for free!" yeah, but it's just not the same!

    so my advice is: get out there and do it! if for no other reason than the really cool t-shirt! :)

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  2. Holly,
    Thanks for the attention to my question. I know that I have often mentioned how motivating I find your posts particularly regarding running. It was just the encouragment and wisdom I needed to "go for it"...no more hesitations...I am getting online to look for a race right now. THANKS!

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  3. It is fun to see you getting so excited about running again, Holly!

    I'm getting my own running groove back by setting a goal to run my first 10K (I've done countless 5Ks, a 15K and a marathon, but never this distance!) in June. The personal challenge does leave me feeling a bit giddy and excited.

    Enjoy your training - I bet it will help you achieve some other goals along the way - don't you just LOVE multi-tasking with goals?!

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  4. I just love your enthusiasm. It's contagious! *B

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  5. You are inspiring! I think you should go on Oprah!

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  6. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration...I had a heck of a time with my run today (feeling sick) and was doubting whether I can really do this (marathon in January) but then I read this post and think...I AM A RUNNER and I CAN DO THIS...still not registered...yet :)!

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  7. Yes! I've been looking for a race to enter, but Montreal doesn't have many and the states nearby have several on Sunday, which I can't attend due to church. There are a few 5k's but I am looking for 10K and or half marathon! Thanks for the inspiration -I'll let you know when I find one!

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  8. Sunshine: Good for you! There are several this coming fall in and around the Houston area, if you're up for a bit of a road trip. :)

    Courtney: You are a runner! Go ahead and take the next step and register for the race in January--you will be ready!

    Michelle: I hope you find something in your area. Can't wait to hear!

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  9. I know signing up for the tri really gave more meaning to my training...and it was fun! I too am slow, but it was all about the personal experience, like you said. even though I was last in our little group, I beat my goals and felt really great! good post!

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