When Not Seeing Your Name in Results is a Good Thing

On any given weekend, in any given city there’s probably a road race going on.  Chances are, you’ve looked up last year’s results, checked the entry fee, and said, “hmm, this could work, right?!”  Everyone does it!

I had a chance to jump in a road race this weekend, but with a sore IT band, bigger goals and in the middle of some higher mileage, I actually decided against racing.  It’s not something I do often – I love racing!  Love it!  Can’t get enough of it!
But on a Sunday (long run day), the thought of an early wake up, a sore knee, an entry fee, and figuring a way to eek out 11 miles was a little less than appealing.
And so I watched.  And I cheered and I jogged.  And I’m proud that my name isn’t in the results.  I ran with my coaching hat on instead of my athlete hat and decided that the best run for me would be a longer, slower run rather than test the leg. 
So next time you’re debating whether to lace ’em up for a local race, think about the big picture.  Does the race fit into the “plan”?  Will it benefit your training or will it set you back?  
Do you agree or disagree?  Thoughts?
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