Sunday, July 14, 2013

Missing Races

I was browsing through Facebook and I happened to come across this fun photo from the Color Vibe last year! I just had to post it. :)

That was a fun race! It could have been better in my opinion, but you'll have read about that HERE if you're interested. I won't bore you with race complaints today. ;)

Although....there is one thing I hate about races...

Missing them!

This will have been the 2nd race I missed this year!!!
What is wrong with me?!?

Back in February, I missed the Fleet Feet Arizona Trail Race, but I was really sick for that one. 
I had been waiting a few years to run it (it always sells out) so I was determined to run it. But come race morning, I felt like crap. So, no race. :(

Fast forward to this morning. I never got to race Run with the Roosters because for the past 8 years I have worked at camp during the summer and there was no way to fit in my schedule. But now, since I have Sunday mornings free, I was totally available! I paid for it, I went to bed at 8pm (to wake up at 3:30am, run with the roosters, remember?) and I was not sick. 

So what happened??

I'm actually not sure. I woke up at 3:30am, stumbled around the kitchen making breakfast for a few minutes, killed a HUGE ant in the bathroom, sat on the floor sleepily tying my shoes, and then I guess I just decided to go to bed. I remeber my head hurting a little, and I kept telling my myself I didn't train for it (which is completely true), but it's only 5 miles! 

I may have chickened out. I didn't actually train (no time to run and when there is time, it's at least 100 degrees outside). I think I didn't want to get a bad time. Which is a new feeling for me! I'm actually proud of myself for feeling that way. I never cared about my time before, but maybe I'm beginning to develop somewhat of a competitive side. I have had so many dreams about winning my age group and sometimes even a race. How amazing would that be if I could actually do it!?

We'll see. :)
I'm signing up for a ultra team for the Rangar Trail Relay in October. 
And I definitely won't be able to miss that with a team backing me up. :)

What are your thoughts on missing races? Have you missed one before?


  1. I missed a few of them. Mostly I make it to the race, but trust me EVERY race morning I argue with myself to go back to bed. Luckily I have friends waiting for me who keep me accountable.

  2. I get runners guilt when I miss races - especially if they are early morning local races. I can psych myself out pretty bad when it a sign up on race day thing. Typically I sign up for long distances races of 10 milers, 1/2 Marathons, and Marathons and those take committment, long term planning, and I payed $$$. Not missing those for the world! Even if I feel like garbage.


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