It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.
If you follow me, you probably know that I love to race and am a big proponent of signing up for lots of races.
My topic for today is: The Benefits of Frequent Racing
1. Cool Swag.
Sometimes, it’s just a shirt but lots of times, it is a bag, water bottle, fuel samples, and other running-related goodies. If you are fortunate, it could be a hat or a jacket.
2. Meet New and Old Friends
Many of my running friends, I have met at a race. It is so fun to see a familiar face at a race and chat…about running, of course. – Laurie, Melissa & Jenny, Holly & Jackie.
If you do not have anyone to run with, sign up for races. I bet you will meet someone who would be perfect to accompany you on a few of your runs.
3. Free Food
I love to eat especially to replenish the calories burned during running.
Of course, not all races have a large selection of food but if you are lucky, there may be pizza and my favorite, ice cream.
4. Replaces Speed Workouts
I am the first to admit it. I know that I should, but I don’t do speed drills, tempos, intervals, hill repeats, strides, etc. So for me, I guess my speed workout happens during a race. I’ll do those hills, run sprints because I have no choice. And I’ll try to do them well because I am a competitive person.
5. Gets You Out There During the Week
When it is cold, windy and just plain nasty and I don’t feel like running, if I have a race scheduled for the weekend, I will make myself get out there and run. I know if I don’t run during the week, then my finish time will suffer, I may get injured and/or the race will be unpleasant. It takes a long time to get in shape and such a short time to feel out of shape.
Happy Running! Do you race frequently? Why or why not?