Even though we have back to in-person racing for a few months in Florida, there are still so many things I miss about racing. It’s just different now, and while I am grateful for the opportunity to do so, it’s just not the same.
I miss loading my calendar
In the old days, I took advantage of all the early bird specials and early registration discounts. Things were so much more certain, so I didn’t worry about the potential outlook. Now, I wait til a lot closer to the last minute, in case of outright cancellation, a switch to virtual, or the possibility of illness. It’s a level of spontaneity that doesn’t come naturally to me, and I’m stoked for the day when I can gaze at a full race calendar again.
I miss an easy-breezy start line
Do you remember the days of bustling start lines, packed with people? Those were the days, right? Now, the number of runners is capped. Masks are required at the start and finish, and runners must line up with six feet of space between them. I totally understand and respect those requirements, but it’s altered the thrill of the start line, just a bit.
I miss the after parties
Back in the day, when you crossed the finish line, the party started! First, you collected your medal and bottle of water or electrolytes, and then it was on to the music, the massage tent, and all the food and booze. We had photo opps and time too chill with friends, and it was just so wonderful. Now, after we pass the finish line, we don our masks, collect our bling and head right back to our cars to head home. In time this will change, but ah, memories.
I miss racecations
I mean, I miss traveling in general, but oh, how I miss racecations. Going off with Mr PugRunner or my friends, to some incredible destination to take in all the sights AND run a race? That’s my idea of heaven. It has been so long since I’ve been anywhere outside a 60 mile radius, and even longer since I’ve combined that with running. I really want that feeling back, and am starting to feel comfortable eyeing a few locations for the honor.
What do you miss about racing?