Those of you who know me, or have followed along with the blog for a while, know that I work for the University of Alabama.
So needless to say, I’m very tired, but very thrilled after last night.
The win got me thinking about running and the victory and loses that come with racing. Going into the La Jolla Half Marathon in 2015 (the first time I ran it) a buddy asked me if I was going to win. I laughed.
He proceeded to ask me why I would run a race if I didn’t think I was going to win. Or in this case, that I knew I wasn’t going to win.
The competitor in me totally understands that question. There are plenty of times where I’m that guy who replies “Not with that attitude” when someone says they can’t do something. And I’m a firm believer of that in running as well. Whether it be going for the overall win, age group win, or a PR, if you don’t think it’s gonna happen…it’s probably not gonna happen.
But that’s definitely not why we run. I think a few of you (at least) reading this will be hitting the streets of Chicago, as am I, in October for the Chicago Marathon. And unless Shalane Flanagan, Galen Rupp, or some other elite runner has stumbled onto this blog (in which case PLEASE leave a comment!) I highly doubt anyone reading this thinks that they would have a legitimate chance to win that race.
Personally, I’d have to PR the mile 26 times…and every other distance…within the Marathon to have a crack at winning Chicago. That ain’t gonna happen folks.
But the chance at winning isn’t the reason almost 45,000 people will run Chicago, New York, or Boston. There are tons of different reasons. To show that you can run a marathon, to better your PR, to run the majors, to run a race in every state, the list goes on and on.
The same goes for your local 5k. Maybe it’s a training run, maybe it’s a chance at Age Group glory, maybe a shot at the overall win, or hell maybe it’s just to show you can run 3 freaking miles!!
And whatever your goal is, for whatever race, that’s why we run. I’ll admit, I’m fortunate enough that for some races, I can aim for Age Group or overall victory. I’m definitely aiming for a PR and overall place glory at the F3 5k in a week and a half.
So fast forward again to the Chicago Marathon. If your goal is to finish a marathon, PR, or anything else; and you accomplish that. Well, then you’re just as much a champion as whoever wins the race.