Copying the photo editing skills of Ali Mc
She wanted to know more about my views on racing and how races remain exciting for us. She also wanted to know how we race so much (and push ourselves so much) and remain injury free.
I set a goal to race once a month this year, we kind of crushed it. I will race 29 times this year, oh yea you thought I was done racing. Well I'm going to pace Sarah at a 5K on December 29th. 29 races on the 29th, sweet! (Plus I would say that's a pretty good omen for Sarah to run 29:xx). Mike will race 27 times this year (he didn't do one relay and one half marathon).
Please don't think that we RACE every. single. one. of. these. Ha! You probably would have found me lying in a ditch at about my 6th race of the year if that was the case. (If that ever happens, please stop my Garmin for me and then call 911).
That's part of how we remain, mostly, injury free throughout the year. Some of these races were just for fun, like the Freezeroo Series and the Thanksgiving day races to name a few. We did put in a good effort at most of these but we weren't really trying to PR. Mike and I actually use a lot of races in place of training runs if the distances match up.
It's kind of hard to go all out during a winter 5K
We were all thinking about Thanksgiving food at this point
Also, even though you can plan for a goal pace for relays, it is kind of hard to PR since the distances are usually pretty random. Seneca7 and Reach the Beach were just for fun and our teams did not have any grandiose ideas about winning. So as long as we were able to run, it was all good!
Alright fine, I'll hold up this spatula!
Where's my whoopie pie?
As Isaac would say, "this is just for FUN"
Another way to keep things exciting is varying the race distances. We don't just race 5Ks or half marathons.
Here's the breakdown of what my year of racing looked like: 5Ks - 7, 10Ks - 2, 15Ks - 1, Half Marathons - 6, Marathons - 1, Relays - 3, Duathlons - 1, Triathlons - 2, Random distances - 6
As you can see our races were varied, there were duathlons, triathlons, road races and a trail race.
Biking is less impact than running
Killin' it at the end of our second triathlon
You must be thinking, alright well when DO you race?
I try to pick a few A-races during the year (I say this as if I have been running for more than a year and 8 months) and focus on those. Those races for me this year were our first triathlon and our marathon. I also wanted to run a sub-26 minute 5K (which I have done three times now, yay!) and a sub-2 hour half marathon (which as you know never happened).
This photo has never been on the blog, Mike during the Wineglass Marathon
Love these two! Current PR half marathon
Now don't get me wrong, if we couldn't race, or race as often, I would still love running (and swimming and biking) just as much as I do now. I know that some people race less than us and some people race more than us, and that's perfectly fine. Race in a way that makes sense for you physically and financially (Speaking of, the cost of our races varied between as low as $10 to over $100).
Next year's races are already starting to pile up, and I know for certain we are going to race less. As our goal of completing a full Ironman gets closer (seriously we can register for OUR race in AUGUST!) we will be racing less. That doesn't mean we will never race, as it is a good idea to get out there every once and awhile and push yourself at race pace, but the races we pick will fit in with our training plan.
Oh, and we race so much because I get race envy and want to run all of the races!
What is your philosophy on racing?