Today on my trail run I was mulling over the question why do I enter races... I'm super slow, back of the back-of-the-pack. I can be hard on myself for going too easy on myself... part of me wants to get faster and to run farther... but another part of me is just happy to be out on the trails... and happy that, even if I'm not fast, at least I'm out there... What I enjoy about the races is
a) the goal - Life gets busy and sometimes it's easy to put off a run or keep it short. When I have a goal in sight it gives me the feeling that I must get out there...
b) the camaraderie - It makes me feel part of a group, part of something bigger than just my own delight. The others are fitter, faster, more fashionable... but we all are doing something we love to do, and it's the same thing. I like that.
c) the experience - It's a great excuse to discover a new place or trail... or destination!
d) bragging rights - It makes me feel like I can claim it. In training I covered the full Golden Hills Marathon course... but I can't claim a full 26.2 marathon until race day is over.
I don't know why I feel like I need to justify it in the first place. LOL.