I laced up yesterday for a chilly six miles around the neighborhood. Despite the main roads being clear, the side roads were still pretty snow-covered. I wore my Yaktrax—definitely a smart decision. The snow was compact, which made it bumpy and slick in spots. I averaged an 8:40ish mile, and I accept that as decent.
It worked today, anyway. I was scheduled for four miles, but I only ran three. My ankles were a bit sore from all the dodging on my six-miler yesterday. I thought it best not to push.
Regardless, all of this reminds me how good it feels to be running toward a goal.
Even though I haven’t made it official by actually signing up for the 25K, just knowing that it’s a possibility is a huge motivator. I have come to love running races because they motivate me to go above and beyond whatever level I’m at. One more mile. A few seconds faster. Whatever. Benchmarks are benchmarks and having that end-goal makes the journey extremely exciting.
I also love running races because the sense of community they produce is an experience worth, well…experiencing.
Every runner has them.
Here are a few more of mine:
1) I run because it clears the crazy and calms the soul.
2) I run because I love cupcakes, wine and chocolate.
3) I run because I can—anywhere, everywhere and at any time.
4) I run because I like race medals.
I mean, who doesn’t love a good race medal?
This one recently came in the mail from Jost Running:
I pieced together two three-milers to create a 10K. This is another reason why virtual racing is awesome. Flexible, fun and for everyone at every level. Can't run a 10K straight through? Piece it together and call yourself a winner (because you are).
Question: Why do you run?