Monday, May 16, 2011

Run to Run or Run to Race

The results are in and The Help won with 53% of the votes!

For all of you who participated in my survey, thanks for helping me decide what to read! I started the book on Friday and I absolutely love it. Like Karen, I can't wait to get out of work to read more!

One of the many previews we saw at the movies Sunday was for the movie version that's coming out this summer. I hope it's a good adaptation.

So, today I decided to take a day off from the gym. Through my injury I've only been going five days a week instead of the usual six, but last week I went six again. We didn't stay up late Sunday night, but it was hard for me to get out of bed Monday morning. Even though I felt much better after the workout, I knew I needed a little extra sleep. Tomorrow I plan on trying out another run since I still haven't felt any pain from the mile I ran Saturday.

I really don't know how realistic my goals of running a 10K race in June and a half marathon in July are at this point, but I'm going to try. I have to take it one day at a time, try my best and see what I can do. I want to sign up for the new Portugal Day Race in June, it sounds like it could be a lot of fun, but I don't want to commit myself to another race (and possibly lose more race fee money) before I know if I can run the first race in June.

So, this might be an odd question, but do any of you runners just run for fun without racing? I started running by signing up for a race and setting a goal. As long as I've been running, I've been running races, and I don't know any different. I'm starting to think that maybe I should rethink my strategy.
  • How many races do you run in a typical year?
  • How long did you run before you ran your first race?
  • Why did you start running?
Today's workout -
None. Rest day!


Anonymous said...

I love running races, setting goals and seeing myself improve! I think it's a great aspect of running, for sure. And definitely what makes running fun for me. I think whatever you decide to do, as long as it's fun and you enjoy if you can't go wrong. Maybe you're just in a rough patch and shouldn't focus on races so much as just getting back to running pain-free?

I want to read The Help! And definitely check out Mile Markers - I loved it!

stephchows said...

I LOVED the help! I'm worried the movie will suck though. As for running, just for fun and to keep healthy... some days just to keep healthy LOL

Ellen Smith said...

Yeah! I hope so too they'll make it..
seems like it's either a flop or an it when its out in the cinema. Interesting though...

Rach @ Girl on the Run said...

I've always run with a goal of doing a race - in particular, distance races, but I think that's just because I grew up in the running culture. My dad was a runner since high school, and he didn't even run a 5k for the first 10 years at least of his running "career" and didn't try for a marathon until the 90s!

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food said...

ohh I have heard great things about the Help, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it :)

I try to have fun as my #1 priority for all of the races that I enter. I would run more races except they can be pretty pricey!

I wish you all the best with your prep and I wouldn't worry about having to strive for a particular time with both or either of the races. Try to focus on the fun and the experience :)

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

1) I run 10-12 races per year
2) I ran about 6-8 months before my first 5k
3) To lose weight. Now for fun!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i was surprised at how much i loved the help, i was clapping in the theater when I saw a preview for dork

i run to run and often goes ages without a race