The best part of running in a race

What is the best part about running in races?? Ummmm…the shirts! Duh!! I love to show off my shirts when I go to the gym. I wear them and think “Yea, I’m a runner!” It’s fun too, when you see other people wearing a shirt from the same race. Also, you get to eat a ton of food (well, I do) after a race.

All my race shirts so far.
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Another favorite part…I get to put these on my car! And soon I’ll have that 26.2 sticker to show off!!

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Alright, on a serious note, I love the feeling – those butterflies in your stomach – right before the start of a race. I love the feeling of accomplishment you have crossing the finish line – whether it’s a 5k or half marathon. I love running races with friends & meeting new people. I love the spectators who are there to cheer you on. I love getting to be outside running beautiful courses.

My first race (running) ever! If you’ve never done a mud run, you need to!

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Women’s Fitness Festival with some ladies from work.

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I am lucky to be able to run. I try to remember that every time I’m having a crappy run. My first ever race was the bike ride in Tahoe called “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride”. It is 75 miles around all of Lake Tahoe. I did it for the first time last year & plan on doing it again. I only finished 43 miles cause my knees had had enough! But jeez…43 miles biking around Lake Tahoe!!! It was amazing. I really pushed myself to do that ride & I push myself in all my training. I don’t want to be a lazy couch potato cause you never know how long you’ll be able to run, bike, swim…whatever it is you do.

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I’m talking about this because on December 24th 2004 my uncle was hit by a car and was a quadriplegic for almost 7 years. And he would always say something that stuck with me & made me realize I owe it to myself to push my limits and achieve all that I can. He always said: “I’ll be alright.” If he can get past what happened to him and have that positive thinking, how could I not push myself to be my best?

I got this tattoo for him. It was around the time when I really started to take my health and running seriously.

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So really, I think the best part of running a race is that I can.

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5 thoughts on “The best part of running in a race

  1. Hello! I found your blog via Truth and Cake. I’m a fellow runner and really enjoyed this post. I know I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be able to run. Would love to try that Tahoe ride some day. Thanks for sharing : )

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