Why do thousands of people pay sometimes enormous entry fees to run on a course that is free to run on any other day of the year? Do they run for the medal or the ribbon? The free t-shirt? To add another race bib to their collection? Instead of asking the question, "Why race?", perhaps we should ask ourselves, "Why NOT race?". There is no single answer to either question but I suspect one reason might be because some people are just competitive by nature and enjoy racing against others. Other people are motivated by competing against the clock as they try to beat their previous personal record (PR, as it's called in the racing world). Some people use races to raise awareness or money for organizations like cancer research, autism or world hunger. And then there are those people who, like myself, enter races because it's just plain fun to be involved in an activity that gives you the jitters before you begin and a sense of accomplishment when you finish.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading posts by many of you RMA members on the Fitness page about your first race experience! It's inspirational to me to read about how you are trying something new to better yourself in a sport that does not naturally come easy to most. You might find that competing in a race gives you more motivation in your training runs. Without a race to work towards your training days might start feeling like you have signed up for a sport but never get to play any games. Where's the fun in that? All training all the time? No thanks. If you are still pondering over the thought of entering a race this season, I encourage you to give it a try! It seems like these days there is a race out there for just about everyone. It's not just your average 5K, 10K, half or full marathon anymore. There are Tough Mudders, Relays, Run To Hunt, Color Runs, obstacle courses and trail courses, just to name a few.
And don't forget to announce your future racing plans on the RMA Fitness page so we can give you motivational pep talks and advice leading up to the race. Who knows, there might even be a few of us there racing along with you!!