Last weekend I was asked how many races I've done. The question completely caught me off guard and I had to stop, think, and actually tick the races off on my fingers to keep track. It made me realize something about my running - it is different than it was even a year ago.
In May I asked your opinion how I should answer 'How long have you been a runner?' and I settled on 12 years because I've been running for 12 years. In the first 11 years I ran five 5K's. Since the new year I've run in seven races. These races have ranged from 2.7 to 13.1 miles, they have been alone, with friends, with family, and even one with strangers (who became friends). I've run for myself, for others, and on two relay teams. I ran five races in eleven years (averaging out to ~1/2 of a 5K every year). Now, I've run an average of more than one race a month. Times are changing!
Now what do I do? I do not have any races planned until October when I'll run my next half marathon. Will I be able to stay away from races? I'm hooked and I want more. I just can't quite figure out why I'm hooked. It isn't for PR's because I run faster away from races. It isn't for my wallet because the cost of races add up fast. The only thing I can think of is that it is because of the people. Runners are amazing and I want to spend more time with them. Perhaps going to a group run will suffice until the weather turns cold again. Only time will tell.
Juneathon update: Today's exercise isn't running! I'm following up on what I pointed out on Thursday and taking another day off. Today I'm coaching soccer. 90 minutes of herding 5 year olds will be enough exercise for me today.