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Discover Your Reason to Race

Advice From a Former Olympian Marathoner


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  • It's all about the bling! I love races with finisher medals!
  • I thought I wasn't interested in 'racing' until I started running 5k with Park Run. The emphasis is on everyone getting round the course, timed, but not a 'real race'. However, I soon found I was very motivated by my 'time' and the quest to improve it, or at least to run it more easily. I discovered I was actually quite competitive - and having someone just in front of me to 'chase' is also very motivating!
  • This is a great article. One I will read a few more times to keep it in my memory! Thanks so much!!
  • Thank you for writing this. I'm one of those who never did sports growing up, and never thought of myself as good enough. I'm running now (at 42), not very brilliantly, but with great joy. Your quote about being a beautiful and passionate athlete brought tears to my eyes.
  • Sorry, I don't jog and I don't do windows. I tried running back in the '70s when I was much younger, slimmer and more fit. I could not get a stride no matter how hard I tried, short steps, long strides, forget it. So I went back to walking. Just because my husband had to run because he was in the military didn't mean I had to.
    When we were in Germany we did 10K Volksmarsches. They were fun, but I can't do them today. I've done 2 5K Race for the Cure, but probably can't do them now because of health problems.
    Not everyone can race, and those of us who can't or don't want to shouldn't be made to feel guilty.
  • I am running my first 5k tomorrow! I am so excited! Does anyone have any pointers about what to do the day before and the day of the race? I want to make sure that I am ready!
  • I love this article! This describes me completely! I can't say that I really love running, but I definitely enjoy racing and that's why I keep running! I like training for the runs and I love the rush you get while running the race!!!
    Great blog and true , not to long ago I DFL'd in an 8 mile race but this was after I recovered from two broken legs - what amazed me was that most of the Seasoned Athletes that attended the race stayed to cheer me on as I crossed the finish line - now I am training for a Tri - never give up !
  • I have never run but I always liked walking.
  • I like running. But never tried running in a race. No more than a dog after me. Lol
  • I am running my first 10k next weekend. While I have done a few 5k's I have never considered myself a fan of running. A friend asked if I would do the 10k with her and now 8 weeks of training into it and I actually enjoy it! I always feel so great after a run. Today we ran 5 miles. Sometimes it's hard to believe I can run this much 3 times a week. It's an amazing feeling of accomplishment!
  • I will be walking/running my first 5k on Saturday! I am looking forward to that feeling of making it over the finish line.
    I have been the last one over the finish line before, it was one of the most fun races I have ever run. It was my daughter's first half marathon, it rained, and the hills were slippery. We were cold and silly and enjoyed each other. Someone has to be last. My goal is always "Same day finish" It is all good as long as the finish banner is still up! Slow and steady finishes the race.

    P.S. the medal is the same size no matter what your time is.
  • I'm new to running and ran my first 5K ever. It was a FANTASTIC experience and I've definitely got the running bug now. I loved this line "During high school and college, some of us didn’t have the opportunity or the encouragement to play various sports." I always felt too uncoordinated and awkward when I was younger to play sports. And I certainly didn't receive any encouragement either. Now, as an adult, I can finally say "I am an athlete."
  • Just what I needed to read today! I began running 2 years ago. I have run several 5 km's, one 8 km race and now in a mere 2 weeks, will run my first 10 km race!!!!
    The past few weeks I have really struggled to stick with my training and this article reminds me to look at WHY I am doing it! Thanks!

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