Sunday, September 20, 2009

I need to start racing again.

My runs have been missing something. I'm missing the drive. I'm not pushing myself my hardest. I'm staying in my comfort zone to much, and not gaining the mental strength that comes from stepping outside of what I know I can already do. I think its the lack of competition. As a ex-collegiate track athlete I miss that.

Competition CAN be a good thing. I'm not trying to get off on a tangent or piss too many people off, but healthy competition is important. Especially in kids... especially in boys! I don't believe in the "everyone should be the same" attitude. Competing teaches kids important life lessons. It forces them to push themselves, to find out what they're made of, to win, to lose, to strive to be better. Nothing wrong with that. Now with that being said we will teach our son good sportsmanship, to be kind, and not to be arrogant. But mostly importantly, we will be teaching him to be the best he can be. Its a hard world out there. He might actually be like his dad who lives to compete. That's one of the things I love most about him.

Back to me. I'm going to start racing again. I think this is what I need to force myself to push harder. I'll start with 10k races and move up. I'm excited and nervous for this challenge. Its good to get out of your comfort zone. It make you a stronger person.

So Cali runners... What are some good races coming up this year? I can't wait to start signing up.


  1. Good luck with finding some races, it will spur you on to beating your best and then 'right how can I improve on that?'. A little healthy competition is good for the soul!

  2. Good for you!! I agree, I LOVE competition. What's more, my boys will most certainly learn the thrill of victory, and the life lesson that you can't always win (but you can still be a good sport!)

    I'm on the other side of the country, so I have no idea about races, but I'm happy you are trying to get back into it!

  3. It was my daugthers sports day recently (she's 4) and we were told to cheer for everyone and not to make it competitive, well I'm sorry but tough, my hubbie and I shouted for her as loud as we could and cheered the others too but if they don't learn to go for it at school then that's probably why Britain has such a poor display of track atheletes.

  4. Eva- I'm cracking up and totally agree! Thanks for sharing. Its an important lesson to learn.

  5. Yay! Another running mommmy blogger. :) Glad I found your site.