Many runners never enter a race.
Many runners stopped racing during COVID.
And of course, you are still a runner if you do NOT race.
But it’s a shame, because IMO, you are missing what enhances the running experience in more ways than I can possibly describe in this post.
Here are a few reasons why I race so often and why I think you should too:
1.Having a goal keeps you motivated
By signing up for a race, you automatically create a goal.
You’re either looking to finish the race or achieve a PR, maybe even both?
These goals will help motivate you to train, getting you out the door in the pouring rain or pushing you to the gym for that dreaded strength workout.
2.To Push your limits
Running in a race allows you to push your potential and achieve results you may not have thought were possible. (Run without walking? Run on trails? Run a full marathon?)
We can almost always run faster while racing due to the competitive environment, not to mention the increased adrenaline!
Take advantage of this and see what you’re really made of.
3. Provides a sense of community
There’s more to running than running itself, there’s a whole community of runners out there!
Running in a race will really allow you to embrace this community. Prepare to be cheered and to cheer your fellow runners as they achieve their goals on race day – just like yourself.
And make new friends!!
4. To feel accomplished
It’s not every day that you get to finish a 5k or a half marathon.
Finishing a race, especially if you run a PR, is an incredible feeling. You’ll feel proud of all your hard work leading up to the race, and more importantly be proud of what you have achieved – and so you should be!
I will add that finishing any race, even if it’s a PW, is an achievement.
5. It’s fun!
Finally, running a race is fun! Toeing the start line with hundreds/thousands of runners, all with similar goals feels great.
From those pre-race chats and porta-pottie visits to making new friends and enjoying a post-race brunch, running a race is an exciting all-round experience.
IMO, worth every cent, you pay to sign up.
Happy Running! Do you race often? Why or Why not? Can you add any other reasons to race? Please share.