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Another Husband-prepared meal – I’m not sure what has come over him, but he’s been cooking up a storm in the kitchen today (he’s working from home, too).

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What is in today’s mystery wrap?

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This whole wheat wrap was stuffed with warmed kidney beans, zucchini, green pepper, cheese, and sun dried tomatoes.  It was GOOD!

 

He also stir-fried a 1/2 a banana and a few strawberries in a little agave nectar:

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I contributed to the meal by making Parsnip Fries.  So simple, but a very nice change from Sweet Potato Fries.  I just roasted a few quartered parsnips in olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Earlier, I snacked on Clementines:

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Running for Fun vs. Running for Time

 

The second “marathon related ” topic is about my mental attitude behind this race.  With 19 races under my belt, I’ve run many race distances for many different reasons. 

 

To be honest, most of the time, I’ve run for MILEAGE and TIME.  I’ve run as hard as possible, my heart thumping wildly, my breath catching in my lungs, sweating all over the place.  I usually cross the finish line feeling completely spent.

 

In the quest for longer mileage and better time, I’ve run a new distance to see how far I could go

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Sometimes, I repeat distances to set a new Personal Record, succeed, and end up very, very happy!

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But a few times, I’ve run a race for a PR and failed.  It was not pretty.  Tears have been involved after a handful of races. 

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Truthfully, I have only raced “for fun” three out of nineteen races.  What can I say – I’m a competitive person!

 

Why I race for time:

 

  • To push myself in my training
  • To see what I can achieve
  • For bragging rights to a new PR

 

Why I race for fun:

 

  • To celebrate the fact that I CAN run!
  • To experience a new distance or course with a newer runner

 

The most common question I’ve received about the marathon is whether I’m racing for time or for fun.  Guess what?  I’m racing the Disney Marathon for FUN!  That means that Lauren and I are going to stick together (we’re the same pace, so that works out well) and hopefully, we’ll cross the finish line holding hands.  :)  I want to pause to take pictures with Mickey Mouse!  I want to marvel at Cinderella’s Castle! I want to stop and thank volunteers!

 

Does this mean I’m not going to really “try”? Of course not!  :)  Lauren and I are going to push each other hard, and I know she is not fond of walking! We’re going to try our absolute hardest – as a team. 

 

Does this mean I don’t have a time goal?  Well, truthfully, I have a secret time goal in my heart, but I’m not telling other people what it is, and I won’t be disappointed if we don’t make it. 

 

This marathon is about racing 26.2 miles for the first time, having fun, being with my best friend, and raising money for the fight against cancer.  Racing 26.2 miles for time can come later!

 

If you compete in races, do you usually go for time or to have fun?  What have been your experiences with running with a friend?

{ 74 comments }

 

  • megan January 7, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I’m trying to get better at running for fun. If I run for time I put too much pressure on myself and i get so nervous and worked up. but the problem is, I don’t really consider running fun, so that doesn’t work out too well either. recently, I’ve just quit running races 🙂 maybe i’ll try again in the spring to give me sommething to work towards.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet January 7, 2010, 2:07 pm

    No experiencing in races, but just have to ask if your hubby can come stir fry some bananas and berries for me? That sounds wonderful.

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) January 7, 2010, 2:08 pm

    When it comes to longer races (10Ks and half-marathons), I run for time, but try to make my time goals as conservative as possible, based on my previous races and how well I prepped for the event.

    I run shorter races for time too (I always like to do better than last time), but also try to have a little fun with them! 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 7, 2010, 2:09 pm

    The last race I ran was a half marathon. I ran with a good friend. We have the same pace and pushed each other. IT was great!

  • Steve January 7, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Disney 2010 will be my first marathon but I’m running for time. While I can have fun along the way, the possibility to qualify for Boston on my first outing is impossible to ignore. Goal Time: 3h 20m

    • caitlin January 7, 2010, 2:11 pm

      Steve – Good luck BQing! If you BQ, the race will be VERY FUN! And so memorable! I hope you make it.

  • Casey @Spicy&Sweet January 7, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I haven’t competed yet! But I’m going to in May :). I’m running with my dad, and we don’t have a goal…I have a secret one too I guess. 🙂 But I don’t know how realistic it is. I’m just excited to train!

  • Julie January 7, 2010, 2:10 pm

    enjoy your first marathon! I feel like the first one is a practice one! Now you have something to try and beat later!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 7, 2010, 2:11 pm

    What a good husband! My husband is clueless in the kitchen so I wouldn’t want him cooking me food hahaha.
    Every race I’ve run I’v ran for time, I’m really competitive too so when it comes to a race I really like to push myself to do the best I can.

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story January 7, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I run for fun. I’m not very competitive by nature, never have been and honestly, I’m a slow runner. I like to try and beat my PRs, but I never compete with anyone else. I’m amazed that I can run! I only started in April and it doesn’t come naturally to me at all, but I enjoy it. I never want to lose that feeling.

  • Gina January 7, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I’m running for fun during the Disney Half! I plan on getting as many pictures as possible taken, and will try to enjoy the course as much as possible. 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! January 7, 2010, 2:25 pm

    My 1st Race (5K) was just to see if I could do it and finish!

    My 2nd Race (5K) was to see if I could finish without stopping and I did! =)

    My 3rd Race (5K) was to beat my time on the 2nd Race and I did by 5+ minutes! =)

  • Mackenzie @ The College Authentic January 7, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Dang, this post was refreshing to read 🙂 To be honest, I tend to be a TOTALLY compulsive exerciser, to the point that in time I no longer enjoy doing what I used to do for enjoyment, the runner’s high. Gotta love those endorphins 🙂 I’m not competitive, but I definitely have a streak of “making” myself do something that I really don’t enjoy. I guess I just need to find my “happy exercise zone” where ‘m doing something not because other people are, but because I enjoy it. Corny but true 🙂

    ….Except yoga, who can hate standing upside down and lying on a floor to relax?!?! No one 🙂

  • Marissa January 7, 2010, 2:25 pm

    How sweet of your husband! 🙂

  • katherine January 7, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I’ve run several races for fun and some for time. My first marathon was for fun and the second was to PR. I think I had more fun in the first one! I’ve also run several half marathons and, while I hold my PR near and dear to my heart, I have such great memories of running for fun with friends – I’ve run two first timers across the start and finish line and run another friend to a PR 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! January 7, 2010, 2:27 pm

    And, my last race, 4th Race, (10K) was to see if I could do it and for time (shaved 5 minutes off my usual 10K time) and for FUN as I ran it with my fellow co-workers and friends!

    We had a great time and I can’t wait for the next race!!!

    I think it is great to run for both reasons……fun & to improve your time/speed/distance/etc.!!!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 7, 2010, 2:28 pm

    I ran the Boston Marathon last spring with my running buddy. I bonked at mile 17, but she did not leave my side. She gave up her time goals in order to help me through those last few miles and she ended up having a really fun race! Since she wasn’t racing all out, she had time to high-five the crowds and enjoy the Boston experience. Before the race we made a pact to stay together and it worked out pretty well.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 7, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Sounds like a perfect combination of running for fun and time! Usually the reason I signed up for a race determines how I’m going to run it–if I signed up to spend time with a friend or encourage their journey, it’s just for fun. If it’s just me, it’s all about time.

    PS What ever cooking bug your husband has gotten, will you please send it the way of my husband?! I’ve never seen him cook…

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love January 7, 2010, 2:30 pm

    I think it is great that you are racing for fun in Disney. It seems like that will take a lot of the pressure off.

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    i find that i need to run for fun, and not time myself. i’m super competitive in nature, so if i don’t do something by time it really wears me out emotionally (weird right?)

    thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 7, 2010, 2:31 pm

    I very rarely race for fun. I usually race for distance and time. But, that is not to say I don’t run for fun at all! A LOT of my runs that aren’t race runs are for fun!

  • Carolyn January 7, 2010, 2:35 pm

    I’m a beginner and yet I’m already worried about time. I should probably just worry about not passing out. LOL Run for fun is my new motto! 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl January 7, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I was planning on running the half for time (my goal was simply to beat my first half marathon time), but since it is supposed to rain, I am just going to run for fun and focus on not getting hurt (or tripping again).

    Major running in the rain phobia.

  • Lauren January 7, 2010, 2:38 pm

    If I do a 5K or 10K, I race for time. Anything over a 10K is more about “fun” than anything else. When I ran my last half marathon, I had the goal in mind to race for fun…and yet, I somehow managed to set a PR! Just goes to show 😉

    Best of luck to you, Caitlin! You (and Lauren) are going to kick ass at Disney!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) January 7, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I always want to run for fun, but I’d be lying if I said I never secretly wanted to finish in a certain time.
    I think the first marathon SHOULD be ran for fun! Whether you finish in 10 minutes or 10,000 minutes…26.2 miles is something to be proud of!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) January 7, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Since I’m pretty new to racing, I’m racing for fun my first time around most distances.

    My time goals are simple–just improve. As long as I do a little better than I’ve done before, I’m happy.

  • Jess January 7, 2010, 2:40 pm

    My first half marathon will be on May 30th in Ottawa! I’m training with the running room starting February 10th! I’m SO excited for it! I will be running with my twin sister who resides in Montreal right now and my good friend Jenn who lives in Ottawa. I’m going to be running it for fun. Obviously will push myself. But this is a moment for my sister and I to look back on and say – we did this together:)

  • MelissaNibbles January 7, 2010, 2:40 pm

    This race sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy every moment Caitlin 🙂

  • Hallie January 7, 2010, 2:41 pm

    For fun, no doubt. If I ran for time I’d be disappointed a lot because I’m a really slow runner. I like races to say I did it (“bucket list”) and because they give me a reason to get out and run (I’m “training”) when really I’d rather stay in bed.

    I’m so excited for you for this weekend! It’s been great following your journey…I really am inspired by you as are so many others, I know.

  • Britt - Runnerbelle January 7, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Last year alone I ran 18 races. I guess maybe I do quantity over quality at times…. Although some of those races were part of training too. (1/2’s in prep for a full marathon, etc.)

    I can train for a PR race, but there are so many variables that no matter how much I prep I might have an off day. I can honestly say I’ve never been mad about my time…. I know that when I’m trying for a PR I put it all out there, sometimes that is not enough for that day. (No PR’s last year but I did place in my age group a few times)

    Especially with marathons there is so much that can happen on race day. It is like the stars have to aline for a PR to occur….. my training, how my body feels race day, the fuel I had, the weather, how I feel race morning and what happens on the way to that start corral, etc.

    I usually have a 3 goals when I do a marathon… My #1 goal is to finish. The other two are time related, but ultimately I want to finish and have had some fun along the way. I have run marathons with my mom, she is slower than me, and I have a HUGE appreciation for the back of the pack runners… especially when she had an awful day and we resorted to run/walk intervals. She still says how happy she was to have me with her on that run. Since then we ran another marathon, she did an awesome sub 4:30!

    (sorry I ramble)

    But glad to hear you are running for F.U.N!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 7, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Yeah I want to run more for fun! I think that is something that will last for the rest of my life!

  • Molly @vegandorm January 7, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I’m a college d1 runner, so all my races are for time AND fun!

  • Carrie H January 7, 2010, 2:56 pm

    I usually race for time too. Over my past two “running years” I have competed in nine races. I only did one for fun —

    (A duathalon with a 2k run, a 25k bike ride and a 5k run with my brother. He helped me finish the bike parts and I encouraged him through the running … we came in almost last but had a lot of fun. People were talking about the “cute couple” at the back — I had to correct them and tell them we were brother and sister when we were done!)

    — but I have placed at three of my nine runs!

    When I run my marathon in May, I am going to do it to celebrate the fact that I can run, but I will probably also have a secret goal time in mind.

    You are going to be awesome this weekend, I know it.

    Oh — did you and your husband race in England? I may have missed it, but I thought you said you were going to. I raced over Christmas in Hawaii and placed second for women my age! And PR’d, 23:43 for a 5k … probably had something to do with the sea level, 60 degree course …

    🙂

  • lisa January 7, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I do run races, and I’ve done them for both. Mostly, I run them for the experience, the thrill of running with thousands of other people, being outside on a nice (or crappy) day and enjoying our ability to get out and be healthy. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t push myself and try to do well. On distances I’ve run before, I do try to do better than I have, but if I’m nursing an injury, a bit sick, or the weather is horrible, I do the best I can. Since I run in NYC and just started a few years ago, I know there is no way I can win, so I do my best and enjoy the race.

  • Laura Georgina January 7, 2010, 3:01 pm

    My first race was for fun (it was a breast cancer fundraiser), and my second race was supposed to be for time (but the heat and a stomach bug got the best of me and I barely finished it). My last race was a Christmas-themed run and I meant to run it for time, but I ran with my little sis (in who was woefully unprepared, so my time goal went out the window and I turned into Megacoach to get her through it. We finished DEAD LAST in our elf hats and antlers, thanks to her slow going, but it was worth sacrificing a PR (and setting a PW) for the satisfaction of seeing her finish! My next race, though, is definitely for time… my new PR is out there and waiting for me 🙂

  • Wendy January 7, 2010, 3:05 pm

    I usually race 5Ks for time. My first half, I just did the best I could and finished in a respectable time. I wanted to PR at my second half, but I was dealing with some injuries, and was elated to finish in almost the exact same time as the first. I’m running two halfs this spring a month apart. The first one (in April) I want to treat as a training run, and am planning to pace one of the many people I know who are running their first half, and help them succeed! At the half in May, I’d like to go for a PR, hopefully <2 hrs. Truthfully, I'm more excited about April race! I love running so much, and I want to help others succeed at it, too!

    I'm super excited to hear about your marathon experience!! I'm considering running my first full this summer, and you are really motivating me to take the plunge! 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 7, 2010, 3:05 pm

    What an inspiration post! I am running my first half marathon in June. I am not expecting miracles but I plan to push myself. Right now I am at about 10 – 9.50 minute miles when it comes to long distance – 6 miles is my longest run so far. 13 miles doesn’t seem that bad so I am hoping I can finish strong. I have 6 months to train so that also makes it less scary! =)

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 7, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Stir fried banana! I HAVE to try that!
    I’ve never had a running buddy – I don’t know anyone that runs! And I’ve only done one race so far, a 10k, for fun and cos I wanted to show that I could. My half marathon a few weeks is for the same reason 🙂
    That would be awesome though, crossing the finish line with someone after 26miles – what a feeling!

  • Julie January 7, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I’m so excited to read about your first marathon experience!!! For me, I usually run for time. But there have been races where I’d rather have fun and enjoy it….like last month when I ran the Celtic Solstice 5 miler and we woke up to about 6 inches of snow on the ground and lots and lots of snow flakes falling from the sky. I went out for that race just happy to be running, and I ran with 2 other just-as-crazy friends. But I definitely have a difficult time running a legit race for fun…I’m too competitive I guess!!

  • Karla January 7, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Running a race sounds so fun! I would really like to do one just for fun with a friend. Unfortunately, not a single one of my friends likes to run!

  • Good Taste. Healthy Me January 7, 2010, 3:36 pm

    That’s awesome that you two will be running the race together.

    What do parsnip fries taste like? How long do you cook them for? I’m actually pretty intrigued to try it.

  • Shelly January 7, 2010, 3:43 pm

    I run for fun and for distance generally. However, now that I’ve tackled some new distances (up to a 1/2 marathon) and been pleasantly surprised by my times, I’m thinking about trying to do a 5K for time and seeing how I fare when I push myself for speed- just to try something new.

  • Meredith January 7, 2010, 3:43 pm

    As a newer runner myself, up to this point I’ve been racing for fun. But now that I have more races under my belt, I’m thinking my next racing season will be more for time.

    I actually ran my half marathon with 17 of my sorority sisters and it was the best experience. They were awesome encouragers during the training and we divided into several groups for the actual race so everyone had someone to run with. We all had a big carb up dinner the night before and brunch after we crossed the finish line. So from my point of view, running with friends is the only way to go!

    Good luck to you and your friend! I hope you have a wonderful experience 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 7, 2010, 3:43 pm

    This is so awesome! And honestly, I feel like having this attitude towards your first marathon is SUCH a great idea, rather than taking it UBER-seriously and feeling stressed out about wanting to reach a certain time goal. Good for you!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness January 7, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Running for time is important to set goals, improve your fitness, etc. But it’s always great to RUN FOR FUN! Can’t wait to read your race recap! I can’t believe the marathon is almost here!

  • Madison January 7, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Unfortunatley, I don’t think I have ever run a race for fun. I always have some sort of time goal in mind. However, I find that when I give myself a time range (i.e., run a 10K in 52 – 55 minutes) that I always end up towards the lower end of the respective range. I guess I like not having the pressure of hitting a specific number.

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run January 7, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I always race for time or distance. Even if I say I am going to just do a race for fun, I am still always trying to get a good time.

    I did my first (and only) half marathon with my best friend this past year and it was an amazing experience! We also trained on our own since we don’t live in the same city, but we trained for the same pace so we could run together. I was a mess by mile 11 due to the unexpected “hills”, a.k.a. on-ramps and off-ramps, on the Disney course. I didn’t train on any hills and it was killer. But my friend stuck with me the whole time and pushed me harder than I ever knew I could go. It was amazing and I still thank her for it all the time!

  • abby January 7, 2010, 4:18 pm

    It’s good to know you’ve gotten so far after only being able to do less than a mile. 2 years ago I was easily running 7 miles and now I feel like I’m going to die at 1, it’s so depressing but I’m glad to see that others went through the same thing and came out fine

  • Jenny January 7, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I love your perspectives on both types of running! I don’t compete in races, but when I run for exercise, it’s fun to see if I can go farther than before in the same amount of time.

    I’m still scared to run with other people (I’m very insecure about my speed and endurance), but sometimes I wonder if I would really enjoy it.

  • MegaNerd January 7, 2010, 4:53 pm

    hehe do you secretly love that upset race pic!? I think ive seen in 100 times now LOL

    I’m racing for FUN this weekend 😀

  • Rachel January 7, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Nothing wrong with being competitive! It’s part of what motivates you to get better & better. It’ll be a change of pace to run this one for fun though. Good Luck!

  • Allison K January 7, 2010, 5:10 pm

    as a beginning runner, most of my distances at this point (and my races) are just to see if I can do it. But I’d like to think that I’ll have fun as I gain new PDR’s. (I’m so new to running, that every week I have a new PDR!)

  • Guen January 7, 2010, 5:19 pm

    I’m just getting back into running, thanks to Enell sports bras. When I’m feeling cramped and claustrophobic indoors I close my eyes and think about running. I wish I had more time and the weather was warmer here on the east coast.
    I’m looking forward to doing my first 5k in March or April.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal January 7, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I think that is a fabulous attitude to have toward the marathon. You are going to have an absolute blast!!

  • Kelly January 7, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Awesome good for you! I can honestly say that I probably would have enjoyed my first marathon more if I had just run it for fun! But I was so consumed with running under 4 hours that I was stressfully looking at my watch the entire time! I did cross the finish line in 3:50:05 so I was THRILLED and I wouldn’t change one step of it! But in looking back it definitely was FUN but it just was also stressful!

  • kilax January 7, 2010, 5:38 pm

    We were planning on running the half for fun and doing all the photo ops too! I am so sad I can’t but know YOU will have an awesome recap that I can live through!

    I race for time and fun and have done races with friends – they are so great!

  • Sammi January 7, 2010, 5:41 pm

    All three of my races have been for time. I’ve never planned to run with someone, although my last race I ended up gaining a friend during the race who I ran most of the race with. She was pushing me the whole time though so it was still for time rather than run (it’s hard to have fun running up hills for your first 6.2 mile race).

    I would love to run a race with someone slower than me just for fun and encourage them along the way, but all of the races I’ve experienced have been “run your heart out and leave everything on the pavement” type of races.

  • Annamarina (Running Tails) January 7, 2010, 5:42 pm

    I ran my first marathon this past fall for “fun” and just to finish. Of course I had a secret goal time in my mind (who doesn’t?!) and I have to say I was a little disappointed that I didn’t meet that goal. I had to walk a lot the last few miles because of my knee, which was frustrating. But when I think back to the race, I don’t think about my finish time, only about the great time that I had!

    The first 1/2 marathon I ran was Disney with Team in Training and I had a BLAST!!! I ran with friends and we had such a great time. I’m sure you are going to have an amazing experience!

  • Susan January 7, 2010, 5:50 pm

    I’ve got to race for fun. Setting time goals stresses me out WAY too much, and sucks all the enjoyment out of it for me. I set a secret goal of 1:45 when I did my sprint triathlon, and spent the whole week after bummed that I didn’t meet that. Totally ruined what should have been extreme excitement over doing my first ever triathlon!!! In retrospect, I don’t even remember what the numbers of my exact finish were – just that I finished 😀

  • Jenna January 7, 2010, 6:06 pm

    Hubby is quite the chef!

  • Melissa S. January 7, 2010, 6:23 pm

    I try to run for fun, or for training…but most of the time i compete; guilty as charged. i’m like you and have cried a few tears when i didn’t hit a mark for a certain distance…like in San Antonio. but i’m glad you’re running disney for fun! i’m sure it’s going to be that way!

  • abby January 7, 2010, 6:39 pm

    This is race is soo much fun!! Running down Main street in the Magic Kingdom is truly magical and my FAV part!! The best part about it is all the PEOPLE and volunteers CHEERING as you run down main street! It brought tears to my eyes and I felt like I was flying!! ENJOY IT!!!!

  • Gina January 7, 2010, 7:24 pm

    Ooooh, parsnip fries…good idea! Good luck on your fun run!

  • Tracy January 7, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Aww, I love your comments about racing in the Disney marathon for fun and doing the whole thing with your best friend. My best friend and I are just starting the Couch to 5K and are both so excited to be starting our running journey together. Her name is actually Lauren too, so hearing you talk about your friend keeps making me think of us. 🙂

    Have fun on race day!!! You’re such an inspiration!

  • Lauren January 7, 2010, 7:30 pm

    And for this very reason my dear, you will FLY! 🙂

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 7, 2010, 7:42 pm

    I have plans to sign me and my bf up for our first run in March, it’s only 5k but it will be a start!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 7, 2010, 7:48 pm

    Now that I know what I can do I always set time goals in my head. But honestly I’m just happy to be running post surgery so if I don’t make it I’m a little disappointed but enjoy the fact that I was able to run the race at all.

  • Lee January 7, 2010, 7:50 pm

    I am very competitive with myself so the majority of my races are to beat my older times. But if I tell myself that I’m going to stay with my friend the entire time and not worry about it, I’m okay with not running for time.

    That made no sense!

  • Michelle@eatingjourney January 7, 2010, 8:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing that. I think it’s important to strike a balance in working out and being able to find the fun in it. It becomes daunting when I don’t. Have fun this weekend 🙂

  • Dung January 7, 2010, 8:40 pm

    What does parsnip taste like?

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 7, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I love that you are running this race for fun, especially since it is your first marathon. I usually do 5K’s for PR but longer distances for fun and to say that I did it. I’m running my second half marathon this Spring and I’m trying to decide if I’m going to try and beat my time from 2 years ago or if I just want to do it and have fun. We’ll see!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 7, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Ooo…I gotta give that sauteed agave fruit a try – great idea, husband!

  • Christy January 7, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Those are awesome reasons why you’re running this marathon 🙂 Enjoy it! No matter what, the act of supporting the fight of cancer is amazing by itself.. anything above that is incredible!!

  • Alison January 9, 2010, 2:21 pm

    what a great philosophy. your motto shows that you can both run for fun and time, a little healthy competition never killed anyone. good luck!

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