The end of the workday is in sight, and Croomâ€™s 15 mile trail race is almost here! Weâ€™re driving to Brooksville, Florida this afternoon. Iâ€™ll be blogging from the hotel â€“ canâ€™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 Runnerâ€™s Promise
Tomorrowâ€™s race will be my 22nd race! I have run many races for TIMEâ€¦
And other races for FUNâ€¦
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 Iâ€™m running for fun, Iâ€™m usually running with friends. Because Iâ€™m pacing with other people, Iâ€™m typically not giving it my all ALL the time. So in my eyes, a â€œfunâ€ run does not normally equal a new personal record (PRs).
- Iâ€™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 â€œRunnerâ€™s Promiseâ€? 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? Thatâ€™s the Runnerâ€™s Promise.
The Runnerâ€™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 Runnerâ€™s Promise only works under certain circumstances (for me):
- I am running a new distance and really donâ€™t care about my time OR
- I know I canâ€™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!
Runnerâ€™s Promise can go really wrong if you donâ€™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 runnerâ€™s promise include tummy troubles or injuries.
Of course, sometimes your partner ends up being WAY faster than you, too! Iâ€™ve tried to keep up with friends during fast races and totally burnt out.
Tomorrowâ€™s race is a â€˜with friends and for funâ€™ event. We raced it last year together, and we plan to stick together again this year! Croomâ€™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 â€“ yes â€“ we RUN! And truthfully â€“ thatâ€™s how many races SHOULD be. If itâ€™s always about time, youâ€™ll get burnt out really quickly!
Have you ever made The Runnerâ€™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?