Last Updated on January 22, 2022 by Heather Hart, ACSM EP, CSCS
First off, you people are INCREDIBLE. I never imagined that in the first 36 hours after I posted the awesome running gear raffle to benefit the UCF I would raise $740!!! I am just blown away by the generosity. If I could reach through the computer screen and hug each and every one of you personally, I would! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, follow this link to the raffle. Thanks for your continued support!!
And now, I find myself being the perfect “exhibit A” for Ron’s post, because I currently find myself throwing a mini “I wanna race” temper tantrum.
Heather Hart is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), UESCA certified Ultrarunning Coach, RRCA certified Running Coach, co-founder of Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching, and creator of this site, Relentless Forward Commotion. She is a mom of two teen boys, and has been running and racing distances of 5K to 100+ miles for over a decade. Heather has been writing and encouraging others to find a love for fitness and movement since 2009.
I’m in the same boat as you. I love race day. The thousands of people each with their own goals. The twenty or so people around you when you cross the finish line with a mixture of emotions: Success, failure, relief, gratitude, you name it, someone is feeling it.
I also hang my medals like trophies, because they are. I find pride in each one because they each tell their own story. By looking at one, you can instantly remember details about that day.
Keep it up. We are many!
Becca Sue Congdon
I like medals too. I’ve never participated in any medal-earning activities, so completing my first half in March (with all you CM Mamas!) will be my first medal ever. I’m going to wear it for a week, I think. And then have it framed with a horrific picture of me crossing the finish line. 😀 I hope things work out for you to get your race fix! I’m scratching my race is this weekend with a 10k. I’m officially part of the crazy club. 😀
Race fees certainly can deter a runner. I would so downgrade the SWAG for a cheaper race.
And everyone loves a medal! It’s so shiny!
You are so cute! I loved the comment about your medals and I like the picture too! By the way, cheese GU, blah! How about wine GU??
Anyway, I love racing too, it’s so fun to get out there and work hard! Happy New Year!
I know the feeling! I think I’m content with my race plans until some new race catches my eye and then I just can’t stop thinking about it. 🙂
Racing is so great. It shows all that running was for something. At least it shows it to others but for me I run because I love to run, outdoors perferably and I race because I like to have a tangable measure of my improvements…and I like shiny metals too!
Entry fees are a factor for me too. So I stay small and semi-local when I race. Good luck saving up for the entry fees you really want. (why is it that diapers are always filled at the finish line?)
Yeah, I’m totally addicted to racing as well. Hope you get some good tips at work and can float the $65 entry fee.
Mel -Tall Mom on the Run
Thanks for the nod, although I OFTEN end up thinking with my Runner hat on when it comes to racing. IE.. going to drop a few greenback for my 2010 racing calendar this week..
OK so I need to get on the bandwagon and DONATE.. FYI I LOVE LOVE the idea of a gear raffle and will be totally steeling it come time for me to go PINK.. Thanks for the idea.. HUGS Heather, do what your heart tells you..
Or…maybe email the race director and tell him/her that you would be happy to write a race review and provide feedback from an “experienced racer” and Blogger for a discounted/free race entry.. Never know $65 could become $32.50 🙂
At least you get medals – so far all I have plunked cash on are races without medals! Here’s to 2010! Thanks for feeding my addictions!
That was a hilarious post wasn’t it?!?!? I was like OMG it’s SO TRUE!!! We are a bunch of babies! LOL!
Good luck on Monday’s shift… cuz I can’t wait to hear about the race! 😉
I’m with you.
I just found out yesterday that I have a conference to go to in Seattle in March…first thing I did was see what races were in the area – or where I could run if there weren’t any.
Guess what? There’s a 30K – swore I’d never do another full marathon…but 30K? That might just happen!
I feel the same about the race fees, especially now that I have a little one who needs fancy things like diapers and single-grain cereal. But the longing to race is still there, so I think I’ll save up for one or two really good races a year, and do charity 5K’s when I feel like racing on a whim. All I have to do is get back in racing form…
I can’t wait for my first post-baby race. Even if my husband does hand her back over to me with a load in her pants 🙂
One thing I like to do is have “mini-races” with a couple of friends. We will get together early in the morning and go out on a predetermined course and race. It is a lot of fun and cheap too.
gah to me $65 IS a deal for a race! that is sad! where do you find these $20 deals?!? sign me up 🙂 i can hardly find 5k’s for under $30 🙁
I hear you…racing is an expensive addiction. But if it gets you out there with others when you’d have to go it alone otherwise, well worth the cash! Good luck with your decision.
Great post!! I haven’t run that many races yet!I just love to run!! Definitley love it with my twinkies but cherish the solo runs too!! I love to outdo myself!!! I am going to start running more 5k’s ’cause I want the medals too!!
Rookie on the Run
I love the medals (I only have one so far) and I love the give-away shirts (I have a few of those)!
I like the festive atmosphere that often surrounds the race venue. They are also a great place to people-watch.
I wish you successful shmoozing!
I totally related to this post. I’m addicted to races (and medals) too, even though I almost never actually “race” an event. There’s something about the atmosphere of a race that motivates me so much more than just training on my own. Luckily I don’t have a family yet so there’s no one but myself to make me feel guilty for dropping money on a race. I hope things work out for you to make it out to the upcoming half!