The end of the workday is in sight, and Croom’s 15 mile trail race is almost here! We’re driving to Brooksville, Florida this afternoon. I’ll be blogging from the hotel – can’t wait to show you what our race shirts look like. They were so cute last year!
Lunch was fast because I still have a ton of work to do before I can leave town without a care in the world.
I had a Morningstar veggie burger (the black bean flavor) with sprouts and ketchup.
And chips and salsa:
And a pickle and some OJ!
The Runner’s Promise
Tomorrow’s race will be my 22nd race! I have run many races for TIME…
And other races for FUN…
These two things are mutually exclusive to me because:
- I am way too Type A to set a time goal and not run my little heart out trying to reach it.
- If I’m running for fun, I’m usually running with friends. Because I’m pacing with other people, I’m typically not giving it my all ALL the time. So in my eyes, a “fun” run does not normally equal a new personal record (PRs).
- I’ve run too many races to set PRs without trying really hard. When I first started, I ran a few races for fun with friends and set time records.
Have you ever made the “Runner’s Promise”? You know, you sign up for a 5K or a Half Marathon or whatever, and your friend decides to do it, too, so then you vow to stick together? That’s the Runner’s Promise.
The Runner’s Promise can be AWESOME. My BFF Lauren and I promised to stick together during our marathon, and we each hit walls at different times. Having a friend to help me through the last 3.0 miles was crucial! And I loved encouraging Lauren when she needed help, too.
In my opinion, the Runner’s Promise only works under certain circumstances (for me):
- I am running a new distance and really don’t care about my time OR
- I know I can’t set a PR for that distance at the current time OR
- My friend runs at basically the same pace as I do OR
- I signed up for the race purely to do it with friends and have fun!
Runner’s Promise can go really wrong if you don’t discuss the conditions under which you will ditch the other person or feel comfortable being left. For example, if I stopped running at mile 15 during the marathon and insisted on walking the rest of the way, I would have WANTED Lauren to run on without me. Other necessary times to break the runner’s promise include tummy troubles or injuries.
Of course, sometimes your partner ends up being WAY faster than you, too! I’ve tried to keep up with friends during fast races and totally burnt out.
Tomorrow’s race is a ‘with friends and for fun’ event. We raced it last year together, and we plan to stick together again this year! Croom’s is more about being with each other and in nature than beating the clock. We laugh, we sing, we take breaks when people need to rest, and – yes – we RUN! And truthfully – that’s how many races SHOULD be. If it’s always about time, you’ll get burnt out really quickly!
Have you ever made The Runner’s Promise? Did it work out? Did you cross the finish line holding hands? :) Or do you never promise to run with someone else and why?