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I haven’t run a race since February 2020.
Like most of you, I have hesitated to race even once real (in-person) races were offered.
But enough is enough.
I am running a race on November 15.
My Friday Five topic this week is Why You Should (or can) Run a Real (In-Person) Race Now
- Precautions are in place.
Staggered starts. Masks wearing when not racing. No water stops. No spectators. Altered post-race food options. Wide running routes.
Race Directors have put a lot of thought into making sure that EVERYONE is safe. They do want to continue offering races and they do not want anyone getting sick.
2. Staying Connected with the Running Community.
Most runners are either running alone or with a small group of friends.
Runners who race are social. We need our peeps.
I miss seeing those runners that I know but only see at races. I have made friends with runners that I have met at races.
I also miss that support that you only get from other runners before and after a race.
3. Supporting the Racing Organizations.
Yes, it is a business like any other. They need money to stay in business.
You can support them by signing up for virtual races but I am sure they do not make nearly as much income that way.
Once the pandemic is over, we will want these organizations in business so we have a nice selection of races to choose from (and at affordable prices).
4. Paying for and Earning Swag.
If you like swag, you do not have to run an in-person race. You can pay the $$ and run it virtually.
But it is costly. I just paid $90 for a race that went virtual (with no refund or referral option.)
If I am not running on that particular course (and I just choose an easier one), I do not feel that I deserve that swag. I do not even consider it a “race”. It is just a run with swag that you paid $$ for.
5. Training and Running Mojo.
Does anyone really follow a training plan if they are not going to be running a “real” race???
Maybe loosely because we are runners and do not want to lose our endurance.
It is very difficult to stay motivated.
I am a runner that gets her mojo from racing. Not having raced since Feb, has me still running but very casually and very slowly.
As I have often said, my opinions are my own. I am not being critical of those who disagree. Feel free to comment but not about personal issues, politics or beliefs.
I have a pregnant daughter-in-law, friend with cancer, 95 year-old mother-in-law. I am not being reckless around them IMO because I choose to run an in-person race.
This is about running not COVID.
Happy Running! Have you run a real race yet? Are you planning to? Why or Why not? Please share.