Hey, remember when I used to run and blog about that?
I had a rocky relationship in 2016 with running, but Iâ€™m hoping for the best in 2017. It will suck again getting started, but I know it will be worth it again in the long run.
And so, Iâ€™ve signed up for a few races. As I said, my goal for this year is to do things intentionally, so Iâ€™m trying to bring that into everything, including even pulling out my credit card (pulling out? who are we kidding? The number is memorized.) to sign up for races.Â
Iâ€™m trying to not get caught up in social media race excitement and think about if I truly wantÂ to do these races.
Hereâ€™s the ones that are so far a HELL YES for me. I like that DaniÂ keeps a running race calendar on her blog, so I may do that throughout the year.
The Franklin Lakes TriathlonÂ is one Iâ€™m really excited for!Â
A few years ago, though I discovered that long-distance tris were notÂ for me (I started training for a 70.3, only to realize how much long rides are also not for me), I really enjoyed triathlons, and this Franklin Lakes Tri is especially fun for me â€” in my hometown, long enough to feel challenging, short enough to feel doable and to train for without devoting a ton of time to.
Plus, even if my running ends up sucking, thereâ€™s two other disciplines to enjoy.Â
At work, we have a cool new partnership with SpartanÂ â€” a program designed to prepare you for a Spartan race.
Soâ€¦now I am thinking seriously about a Spartan SPRINT (none of that long business) at Citi Field (none of that mountain business, either.) Why? Because it sounds fun, and itâ€™s something that scares me a little bit and sounds novel â€” and that, my friends, is fun. Our users push themselves to do things they never thought possible, and this is one of my I-never-thought-I-could-do-it items. If I do it, weâ€™ll probably be doing a work team, so it will be all for funnies. (You know, with some of the most competitive people I know.)
Soâ€¦this is where I took my first and only DNFÂ last year. Iâ€™ll admit that I got a bit caught up in the social media excitement of people signing up for the race â€” but I took a moment to think critically. Did I really want to do this race after a crappy experience last year? What if I had another crappy experience? â€¦but what if I had a greatÂ experience? And I got the redemption I wanted? Iâ€™ve PR-ed here,Â I helped two of my favorite people run their first half here. Honestly, I will be happy just to cross the finish line of this one â€” to prove Iâ€™ve still got it.
What about you? What races are you signed up for â€” and why?