Races into Parades 2

A friend of mine shares this article from the WSJ online on Facebook, and I’ve got say, I’m a little fired up over it.

Maybe it’s because I’m slow.  And not competitive.

The Slowest Generation

The article talks about how races are becoming less competitive and the young athletes aren’t trying as hard as they used to.  They mention races such as the Tough Mudder and Color Run which aren’t timed events and promote getting out there and having fun.

Why is this a bad thing?  Why is promoting getting out there and being active without pressure negative?  Especially when we live in a world with so much inactivity.

I just started running and I like having an activity to train for.  Am I training to win.  NO.  If I thought I had to compete to win, I’d never start because I know I’m not there nor ever will be.  Can I get faster and leaner?  Yes and I want to, but I still won’t be anywhere close to be competing to win.

Don’t get me wrong, I”m not against competition.  I think it’s healthy and I think kids need more of it sometimes. They need to know life isn’t handed to them, they need to work for it.

I did the Dirty Girl Mud Run this weekend and had a blast.  (more to come on that)  It’s also not a timed event.  One of my favorite aspects was that there were so many girls out there also having a blast that might not ever done one of these events before. There was so much giggling and screaming going on, it was fantastic.

I look like a dork, but ready to get dirty!

I look like a dork, but ready to get dirty!

I was reading one my favorite blogs the other day and she was ‘discussing’ phones at events and also taking pictures.  She is there to race.  Why would you bring a camera?

Well, I am planning on bringing my phone or camera with me when I run San Francisco.  I’ll be in the back of the pack.  I am running for the experience.  I am running for the challenge of pushing myself.    I am running for those that can’t.  I’ve worked hard these last few months to do something I didn’t know I had in me for something that was more important than my discomfort.    And I want to enjoy and remember it all….so I will be taking pictures along the way.

What do you think? Are we creating more active participants?  Or creating a negative environment for competition?

2 thoughts on “Races into Parades

  1. Reply Jenn Sep 23, 2013 9:26 pm

    I am still putting together my thoughts on this. For some reason, I feel like I’ve been inundated with very similar messages, and it’s bothering me a lot. However, I do think the landscape of running has changed. It’s not for the worse, it’s just different. And there are those who are resistant to and threatened by change.
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  2. Reply RunBikeThrow Sep 24, 2013 3:16 am

    Amen, sister! I read the same article and some related ones as well, and I feel as you do. More runners = good thing. Who cares if they’re not training “as hard as they should”.

    I’m preparing my own post/rant on the subject.
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