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10 Reasons to Race

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An
injury plagued summer season has prevented me from racing (whether running
events or triathlons) with the frequency I normally enjoy. But the break has
also given me a gift: a chance to rest and reflect, and to return to racing
with a fresh perspective as to why I’m compelled to compete in the first place.
As I gear up for my first race in quite some time (the PATH 10k in Kona, Hawaii)
I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons why I race. What are yours?

  1. Because
    I can. As long as my body is healthy and able, I see it as somewhat of an
    obligation to live up to what I am capable of
    .
  2. Nothing
    feels quite as satisfying as pushing my body as hard as I possibly can. It’s
    just not the same in training.
  3. I’m
    not competitive in any other aspect of my life – racing feeds and satisfies
    that part of me.
  4. I
    love the nervous energy I feel at the start line – and having no idea how the
    race will unfold.
  5. I’ve
    gained incredible confidence through racing – especially in longer events such
    as marathons and Ironman triathlons – to tackle any of life’s seemingly
    impossible challenges.
  6. I
    love trying to beat the boys.
  7. I
    love traveling to race – experiencing other cities, states and countries from
    the perspective of an athlete.
  8. I
    thrive off the energy of the spectators – how generous they are with their
    praise and encouragement, and how they electrify every finish line.
  9. In
    that life is often overly hectic, and my to-do list seems never ending, I
    relish in the tangible accomplishment of an event with both a start and a finish
    line.
  10. Breakfast
    has never tasted as good as after crossing that line!

– Holly Bennett