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Where Do I Fit In?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I'm running in a 5K in the morning and I just printed out the registration form and filled it out. There were three check-boxes: Competitive Runner, Runner, and Walker. I wasn't quite sure what the distinction was between Competitive Runner and just plain Runner. It is a race. I think both categories will start at the same time and will not be sorted. I checked Runner because although I aim to do my best and certainly get more pleasure out of doing better I don't really have that competitive spirit that makes me want to beat the person next to me. I'm competing with the clock, the weather, the terrain, my physical limitations, and my lack of proper training. But when it comes to that final quarter mile I won't pick off other middle-of-the-packers who are trying to burn it in even though I know I can.
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BOILHAM 8/12/2013 4:56PM

    I agree with the other comments. If it was me, I'd have checked "runner" too. Good luck! I know you'll have a good time.

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MOBYCARP 8/11/2013 8:20PM

    The Amazing Kresgin says, you've entered a large race, yes? With thousands of participants?

It's likely a three-tier start, with "competitive runner" for the faster runners, "runner" for the slower runners, and "walker" for walkers. Depending on the organizer's definition, people doing run/walk intervals might be "runnner" or "walker," but wouldn't be "competitive runner." Or if they don't have a tiered start, they'll at least ask you to sort yourselves in the start area with competitive runners ahead of runners ahead of walkers.

When I ran the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in May, they asked us to estimate the time it would take to run 3.5 miles. I said 24 minutes and got a red bib and early start. A co-worker said 28 minutes and got a yellow bib and middle start. The cutoff between the yellow bibs and the third tier, white, turned out to be 30 minutes; but we couldn't figure out how they picked which 30 minute estimates to be yellow and which to be white. It looked like they assigned 500 red bibs and maybe 1800 yellow, so that would have left over 7000 white bibs. Biggest race of the year for Rochester, NY, and smaller than the Corporate Challenge in bigger cities.

The benefit of being in the first launch is, I didn't have to dodge walkers or very slow runners at the start. A co-worker with a yellow bib was disgusted at how many people started far forward in the second launch and just walked; he had traffic congestion issues for the first half mile or so.

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DDOORN 8/11/2013 8:14AM

    I'm with KRISZTA11...sounds like you just love to run...go for it and savor!

Don

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KRISZTA11 8/11/2013 4:34AM

    You sound to be a Plain Runner : )
I imagine Competitive Runners are the ones who find joy in the adrenaline rush from pushing themselves to the limit, and don't mind the discomfort of maximal exertion.
And I imagine the Runners and Walkers being out of breath, and prefer a slower, peaceful pace.This is where I belong: I would run a 5K, but walking is at least so important in my weekly exercise schedule as running and I love both.

Of course there is no Sedentary group on a 5K list, but these are people haven't found out yet about either kind of joy resulting from exercise.

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ZRIE014 8/11/2013 12:49AM

  keep it up

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