Welcome to the team. Yes, I also improve my time when I run in an official race. To see the crowd, to hear the final countdown before the start of the race, to hear all the footsteps as raindrops.. It´s exciting...
LIGHTNINGRUNNER, you bring up a great point...running an official race is definitely different than doing the same distance on your own. When I ran my first official 5K, I shaved over 3 minutes off my time...simply because the energy of crowd motivated me to push myself in a way that I wouldn't have if I were on my own.
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I don't win races, but I always cross the finish line. I'm not fast, but I try my best to become faster. I don't have sports endorsements or earn a paycheck, but that doesn't stop me from running. My pace does not define me. Just because "professional" does not precede "athlete" in describing me doesn't make my running any less valuable. I am an everyday athlete; leading a normal life, but with big goals and dreams. I am an athlete. I am a runner. (runzoerun.com)
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Hi Mackenzie. Welcome to the team. Glad you are back on the training wagon. I think you are headed back on a good track. Doing forget during your 10K training there is nothing wrong with running a 5K as a challenge, to mix up training.
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Hi everyone! My name is Mackenzie and I am 25 years old and live in Orange County, CA. I was training to run for a marathon but i fell off the wagon around October and really want to get running again. I think part of the issue was I challenged myself TOO much. I've never run a race before so now i'm shooting to do a 10k, then half marathon, THEN the marathon! Cant wait to make friends, share stories, advice and all that good stuff!
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