I have enjoyed participating in a local 10k series, but noticed something recently. I saw some of the same people at these runs and developed a strange need to beat an individual in my category. Here’s what happened: I no longer enjoyed the race and pushed myself too hard. The injury I sustained lasted for 3 months. What an idiot! So why do I run?
I don’t do it for the competition (even though I am competitive)… I prefer running by myself, after all. Absolutely love my wide open running trail with clouds, sun, cows, birds, and other critters as my mostly companions.
No, I run to feel strong in my body, to feel in control of my life, and to use up some of my excess energy.
To my competition: I apologize. You probably didn’t even notice me, but inside my head, I was a jerk.
I’m scaling back on the local runs. I might complete them virtually by myself or with my sister or husband. We like to run together when our schedules permit. And we will continue to plan for awesome destination runs such as runDisney events, the San Francisco Marathon, a Santa Hustle, or other races. We have some fun ideas. And that’s what I want to focus on. My love of running!
This is my goal: I will run, and will appreciate any distance, any pace.