WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: This topic about WHY COMPETE is very elegantly answered by the story in Runner's World that was featured in an earlier post on January 25: "Bret Unbroken". If you haven't read it (very long), the article demonstrates how Bret's life was turned around when he decided to accept a challenge from his brother to train for and race a 5K.
Q: Why does EARNED RUNS™ think competing is so great? I like plain walking or running for pleasure!
A: Competition elevates running or walking to a higher level; it becomes your sport rather than merely a healthy activity. It adds purpose and even excitement to everyday exercise routines. Deciding to compete increases your commitment to running or walking; you must train to perform better and avoid injury. The run or walk you took only when you felt like it becomes a scheduled effort in your training plan, on which all subsequent efforts depend. If you are to successfully cover a longer distance or finish a distance in a shorter time, this INVESTMENT in yourself is necessary. Training and competing can help you become not only faster, but stronger, and more confident in your abilities.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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