Birthday races
by on Monday, March 25, 2013  (5 comments)


A less serious topic, just because (and it's not even my birthday, this was spurred by a conversation with another runner who recently celebrated a birthday).

I have often been asked why I don't celebrate my birthday with a race. Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of racing in Wisconsin winters, which complicates things with an early February birthday. Maybe it's because, while I've always thought of myself as a competitive runner, I'm a runner first and competitive second. Racing is an incredible experience and my running life would have a huge hole in it if racing wasn't a part of it but I don't run to race. I race because it's a part of the running experience for me. I sometimes enjoy a relaxing long run through nature even more than I do a race.

Or maybe it's because last time I did a birthday race, not running well was only half the story. Guys in the age group I joined just days earlier took 3 of the top 4 spots overall. What a welcome to a new age group that was.

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Likewise, a late November birthday in Wisconsin is tough to find a race and tough for racing well. I too really enjoy when I race well but will also enjoy a 12-14 mile long run that just flows.

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Best Birthday race I ever did was a PR and a $100 cash prize. It was the perfect start to a perfect day. Of course any day that starts out with a new PR and easy cash is going to be a good one. I hope to at least have a few this year as it has been a very long time.

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Now that's a great way to start a day!

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Of course as my Birthday is September I have many many races to choose from and perfect weather.

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Yes, I could probably get into birthday races if my birthday was in a month like September. To be honest, when in college, my birthday was right in the middle of indoor track season. I usually ran a 3000 or 5000 on or very close to my birthday. I didn't think of them as birthday races, though, because the timing was coincidental.

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