I did it. I signed up for my first big race back to running-the Boston Run to Remember! I have been hesitant to sign up for any races longer than a 5k because of my hips. But since my hips being sore is kind of normal now, I just figured why not test the waters?! I need this race to help me get motivated.
Reasons Signing up for the Race will Motivate Me
It is expensive.
It was a pretty pricey half marathon ($80). Investing so much money will force me to want to train more. I won’t want to have race day come and not be able to run because I didn’t train.
I want to strengthen my body.
I usually am a person that once I commit to something, I’ll complete the goal (or try really hard to!). Now that I’ve signed up for a race, I will commit to searching for the ways to strengthen my body in ways to get me back to long distance running. I have been pretty good about working out, but I still have hip pain. I obviously need to keep working!
Knowing that I will need to keep my body flexible and limber will motivate me even more to fully utilize my monthly unlimited Back Bay Yoga membership that started this Monday (which I still have yet to use…).
I miss long distance racing and racing in general
I LOVED running marathons and half marathons. It is a completely different training process and completely different feel race day. And I miss racing in general because I miss the process of training and then having that one day that you work up to. I find the “putting all my eggs into one basket” invigorating and rewarding-which we all must in some way if we keep racing!
About Boston Run To Remember
Boston Run to Remember is held on Sunday, May 25th. It is hosted by the Boston Police Department and the Boston Police Runner’s Club. We run in honor of Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers that were killed in the line of duty. I was unable to run last year because my hips were still not in the best shape, but this year I am going to. It will be my way of showing my Boston Strong and honoring those who helped during the Boston Marathon bombing.
I am pretty excited to get back into the race scene, but in order to stay there, I need to train smart. I will have to be patient and careful. My goal will not be to PR, but to finish injury-free with my hips just as sore as they are normally and no more. However, worst case scenario, I like that the Boston Run to Remember also has a 5-miler that I could switch to if my hips don’t cooperate!
Question for you
Do you use race registration as race motivation?