Answers from Oiselle Runners…
Jessica Morrow – I enjoy running on my own and definitely do most of my weekly mileage by myself. Sometimes on a long run by yourself you can start to doubt yourself and what you are doing. You come up with excuses to do less than your best. I love races, especially really big races with thousands of participants. Running with friends or running a race with a lot of people gives you visual representation that you aren’t the only crazy person out there. Longer distance races like half marathons and marathons are really fun because you know that most everyone there has been putting in same training hours as you. It sort of justifies your own training. Running is such an odd solitary sport that test your physical and mental endurance. Seeing other runners is like, “Yay! We are all doing this alone, together!”
Claire Wallace – It is funny how running can be solitary yet has such a strong community. For me, it’s pretty simple. Every race is an adventure. Adventures create great stories. Great stories are more fun to share.
Karen Ellcessor – Co-sign what Jessica said. I run on my own, hate small group running because it usually messes up my run-by-feel pace. ButI can get lost in the crowd of a race and not feel pressured to match anyone’s pace.
Jody Stoops – I race because it allows me to see how far I have come. Each race I have a goal in mind, usually to qualify for Boston, and I always measure up my finish time based on my BQ time. Racing allows me to stay focused on a specific goal and strive to do my best at each race. With that being said, I always allow for some down time because marathon training takes so much out of you both mentally and physically. If I don’t take the down time, I lose the love of running.
Elisa Becze – Racing is a way to challenge myself, to give another purpose to my training, and to be proud of what I can accomplish.
Answers from the Sub 30 Club…
Ingrid Sell-Boccelli – Testing myself in an environment where others are sharing the experience – even at different speeds, we do all (mostly) connect with each other on the effort involved. Without knowing each other, we are bonded in a shared experience that often is taxing us to our limits, and in that, it is transformative. Sharing a transformative experience naturally brings people together (look what happens in disasters – that same positive bonding also happens in racing). I also find longer races – half and full marathons – feel like an adventure, a journey through lots of different feelings and experiences wrapped up in a few hours (more hours for me than most). And the excitement!