Range of Emotions When Racing

Our first REAL cold front of the season is on its way in! Next week our temps at night may dip into the 50s!!!! I’m so excited! Last night it was a brisk 71*F and it felt so nice.

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I listened to my Avril Lavigne playlist during this run, which is just what you gotta do sometimes!

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Complicated was my jam sophomore year of high school. If you’re around my age I bet it was one of your jams too (even if you don’t want to admit it)!

So, every year right before Thanksgiving the beach puts up their annual holiday display. On Monday night I saw it getting constructed and last night it was fully built!

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The Light Up the Beach event is next Tuesday and that’s when all the holiday lights and decorations at the beach will officially turn on – including spotlights that light up the sandman family :). Last year we only had one single sandman, I’m glad to see he brought the family this year!

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Last night during my run I started thinking about the highs and lows of racing. It’s been a while since I’m run a race with the intent to PR, but I haven’t forgotten the many emotions a runner goes through!

  • The jittery nerves before the race starts…
  • The excitement of finally crossing the start…
  • The happiness of the first few miles when everything is going smoothly …
  • The worry/anxiety towards the middle of a race when you wonder if something is going to go wrong …
  • The anticipation as you near the finish and crank it up …
  • The PRIDE as you cross the finish line and have the medal placed around your neck!

That’s pretty much the range of emotions I personally go through during a good race! Even when I have a bad race though, or I’m just running a race for fun, I still feel pride when I cross the finish line.

During a bad race I usually feel annoyed right before the end, but then like magic crossing the finish line makes me feelย better. It always helps me to put the day into perspective. That’s why I’m really looking forward to theย Turkey Trot next week. I’m not feeling like this is going to be a PR race, but I am excited to test myself AND get a little bit of that finish line magic before I fall into a food coma :).

Okay, so I got an email yesterday with a really lovely note and a reminder that I haven’t posted a pic of Cecil in a while.ย I am very sorry about this as I imagine 100% of youย prefer to see pics of him instead of selfies of me. Trust me, I do too!

What a cute cat!

And on that note, I hope you have a great Wednesday. Talk again soon!

What range of emotions do you go through during a race?
Do you always feel happy when crossing the finish line?
What’s your favorite Avril song?

22 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I feel like its been awhile since I have raced but I can still imagine alot of those feelings we experience. Even if I am just racing for fun I get nervous at the start line! And I love the feeling of making across the finish line. Initially Im all flustered and just want to get through all the crowds, then once I recover a bit and get some water I can really enjoy the excitement of finishing the race!
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    1. Kristina

      I get nervous even when I’m racing for fun too. I think it’s because I that sneaky “omg WHAT IF” thought always creeps into my mind!

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Cecil!!! He is so beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad the weather is more to your liking. Weather here is typical PA November… there are some afternoons I could run in my sports bra if I wanted to, yet some mornings I have on two pairs of gloves! Glad to not have had to put pants on yet though. I’m gonna try to stay in shorts for as long as possible. It’s been awhile since I met my race goals, so my range of emotions usually go like this:

    1. I have to poop. (before race)
    2. Hopefulness
    3. Disapppointment
    4. Acceptance
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    1. Kristina

      Megan, you don’t even know. I think he might have the cutest chin in the whole world!

      LOL @ #1. If you would have made me guess, I think I would have gotten that right for you! ๐Ÿ˜€
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      1. Megan @ Meg Go Poop

        Good. My main goal in life is for people to know how much a poop.

  3. Denise @ An Academic Athlete

    I always get nervous/anxious at the start of races, no matter the distance. I think I need to work on always feeling happy when crossing the finish line…if I had a goal that I missed, I just feel frustrated. I loved Avril…she was the coolest. I have a very clear memory of riding in a car with my two best friends and singing Sk8er Boi (ok, I just looked it up and that’s how she spells it…that’s embarrassing hahaha) at the top of our lungs. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Kristina

      Oh I’m with you on Sk8er Boi. It just so happened that when that song came out I had a crush on a skater boy. It was a short lived crush and I wonder if the song had some influence over that, haha!

  4. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    Part of the reason I stopped racing is that I really miss that range of emotions. Running and racing became such a chore to me that I never get it anymore – my range of emotions at a race is more like “meh, let’s get it over with/oh wait I actually have to run 12 more miles? Shit…/oh my god can I PLEASE be done running now?/the finish line! RELIEF AT LAST!” I’m hoping that after a nice long break I’ll finally start to feel that combo of excitement and nerves again.
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    1. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

      Dang it I have really got to stop posting stuff under my old blog name.
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      1. Kristina

        I think you will get that thrill back after taking some time off. I’ve read about professional runners needing to take “off seasons” to keep their spirits up. Can you imagine training using a pro’s schedule? You would really need to be motivated and in love with the sport to keep that up year after year!

  5. Susie

    I usually start as a bundle of nerves and doubt — then gradually change to full blown anxiety before hitting elation and relief (once the race is over).

    I ALWAYS feel happy when I cross the finish line — because I crossed the finish line!!! That means it’s over and there are always so many things to celebrate!

    Girlfriend — fav Avril song to run to. I always listen to it when I’m working on a quicker turnover/ pace. It always works!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahahah exactly! We share the same finish line feelings ๐Ÿ™‚

      What a great idea to listen to Girlfriend during speedwork. I did notice when that song came on my pace automatically sped up. It’s hard not to get caught up!
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  6. Karen

    Well since I cried through half of race and after…range of emotions is a perfect topic lol
    I hope you love the Turkey Trot!
    i am now asking myself why I didn’t put Avril on Marathon PL – that was crazy.
    Of course i love to see Cecil _ always.
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    1. Kristina

      Hahahah YES what were you thinking? Avril has so many good songs to run to, and the marathon playlist is so long you need some extra perky songs thrown in to shake things up and get the feet moving!

  7. Helly

    I feel like my emotions are never the same for each race, lol! For NYC, I was focused and then deliriously happy. For Chicago last year, I was pissed off. LOL!!! I guess it depends on how the race is going jajaja!!!! Although, I did cry at both–tears of joy in the former and tears of anger in the latter.
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    1. Kristina

      Oh girl, I know what you mean. I think I cry at least once during every single race (except for 5Ks… to little time and too much pain to cry hahaha). Racing brings out all the emotions!

      I was deliriously happy for you after seeing your time for NYC … you are a CHAMPION!

  8. Megan @ Lazy Runner Girl

    I feel you on the Avril Lavigne. I listened to that CD over and over for weeks! I think my favorite song has to be My Happy Ending, because it’s so much fun to sing. :O)
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    1. Kristina

      I agree, that song is so catchy and easy to sing along to. If I was brave enough to do karaoke I would definitely use that song! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Schlub

    I think that pretty much covers the range of emotions. Although on a bad race I’m usually pissed the entire time because things are going horribly wrong. I always hAve a sense of accomplishment after crossing the finish line but not always happy. I guess I expect too much out of myself.

    Along the Cecil request, can I put in a request for an Adam Guest Post lol
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    1. Kristina

      YES YOU CAN. I just told him he needs to write a post!

  10. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    I was definitely an Avril lover in school! My favorite is ‘I’m With You’ but ‘Complicated’ will always be a classic ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m thinking about doing a turkey trot next week because it will be the first Thanksgiving in a long time where I’m not traveling. Hallelujah! I don’t have many races under my belt, but I definitely went from feelings of frustrations, fear of failure and exhaustion during the race to happiness and pride when I got close to the finish line. I think racing builds so much character and teaches you a lot about yourself.

    Have fun running in the cooler weather!

    1. Kristina

      I love belting out I’m With You in the car!!!

      Ohhh yes you should totally do a turkey trot! What a fun way to kick off Thanksgiving with a bunch of other people in a city you love!

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