We give up a lot for running. On a daily basis, we usually spend anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours working for our sport. These add up to large portions of our week that others get to invest elsewhere. Training takes up a lot of time, but what else do forfeit for races?
Days leading up to a race you need to eat right, sleep well, and remain focussed. Relationships, obligations, and other passions quickly become subordinate in your efforts to ensure the perfect race day conditions. Things and people that you value are reduced by the time that you withhold from them.
So why this topic? Lately, I’ve struggled with priorities. I’ve found myself slipping into anxiety when the smallest things threaten to compromise my long runs or road races.
Last weekend, we celebrated Mark’s birthday by camping and climbing- two activities that we both love and would have given me no hesitations in the past. While I had an amazing weekend (as demonstrated in a previous post), I had to forfeit a race that I had paid and signed up for in order to devote the weekend to my well-deserving boy friend. And honestly, it was hard for me to let go.
This upcoming weekend is much of the same. I get to go back to Knoxville (my favorite city in the world) and see all of my college friends. I am so excited and know that it might be my only opportunity this season, BUT there is also a 5k here in Memphis with $250 in prize money. Last year the first female won with a time of 24:55… so my first instinct tells me “$250?! You can spend that in Knoxville or win that in Memphis.” And here I go getting all caught up again…
First of all, who knows if I would actually win the money. I’m sure other girls who are way faster than me have seen the same advertisements and will be raising the course PR in no time. Second of all, my training is only going to get more intense with my marathon coming up in December. The most important thing for me to do this weekend is to invest in my relationships while I have the time. I have never in my life regretted a weekend that I spend with the people I love and I already have too many memories of saying, “I can’t, I have a race this weekend”
I am now at that conclusion that I have my whole life ahead of me for racing. Sometimes I catch myself acting like I am under a shot clock. Like I have reached the fastest that I will ever be and that it is quickly slipping from my hands. This could be true, but I’m only 23 years old and believe that I my best chapters are yet to come.
- What do you give up for running/racing?
- Do you ever find yourself putting running over things that should be more important?
- How do you keep things in perspective?