Are you a repeat offender or a one and done runner?
That’s the question this week’s Tuesdays on the Run linkup asks.
Repeat offender locally
I may not race nearly as much as some of my blogger friends, but the races I love locally, I do. Again and again and again. If I’m in town and healthy.
I wish I could say it’s because I know the course like the back of my hand, but that would be a lie. I may have some insight into the course if I’ve run it 3 or 4 times, but I swear even races I’ve done multiple times just get all jumbled up in my brain.
It’s why I sort of suck at race recaps.
I do know if the food is good, or the course is flat, if there’s a massage afterwards, or if it’s a small or big field.
It’s also the one time I get to sleep in my own bed and go out to race, since I travel for all my halfs.
One & done halfs
My goal of running a half in every state keeps me motivated. Sure, there are days I don’t feel like running — the days when it’s “I have to run”, rather than “I get to run”. Having that big goal motivates me enough that I never lose my running mojo — at least not yet.
There are times when I wish I could have a do-over — like I wish I could run last Saturday’s race with much better weather and a whole lot more water. Not just because it could have been a PR, but because I would have enjoyed it more.
And I still really wonder what I could do in Vegas now that I know (sort of) what I’m doing.
I decided on the run a half in every state goal in 2013, I think, or maybe at the end of 2012. So 3-4 years later, I’m only 1/5 through. Which means there are still 40 states out there to run! And I am 54.
I want to enjoy my races, though, so even though sometimes I might bite off more than I can chew, I’m not going to just suddenly try to go out and run a half every month (in a different state, mind you). Although occasionally it’s tempting, I won’t lie — I mean, once you’re trained up, it’s just a matter of keeping up your cardiovascular fitness (and keeping up with the chiro, the PT, the massages . . . so yeah, not really so simple).
It’s also sometimes incredibly hard to choose a half. Especially in the larger states, like CA or my home state of NY. There are so many. And it’s not just about me, either, there’s Mr. Judy to consider, too.
So I am both a repeat offender and monogamous, I suppose you could say. How bout you?