Since I announced that I will be running my first full marathon 2012 and it would not be in my own hometown Vegas, I have been asked why wouldn’t I run the 2011 Full Vegas?
Everyone has their personal reasons for running.
I ran my first ever race, last year the Vegas Half.
It was an exciting time to me; I soaked up every thrilling moment. Cheering with the crowds, wondering what I have gotten myself into around Mile 8 and crossing the finish line to the roar of the crowd. It was a 2+ hour party for me.
Since then, I have raced several 5K’s, 10k’s and a Half (with more to come, this year). In those race experiences I have learned one thing. I come to race and improve myself. I race against myself. A race to see if I can out perform the previous race. It doesn’t matter to me who is standing next to me or who crosses the finish line ahead or behind me.
I run my own race. While I enjoy the race atmosphere tremendously, and will always cheer others on, my race time is mine.
For that reason, I have elected to run the Vegas Half and not the run the Full in 2011.
My first Vegas Half – was all about the experiences for me. This year, my goals are different. I have a goal to break 2hours and do it with strength and know I have pushed myself to the very limits and achieved my goal. While I know I will have a great time with my fellow runners before and after the race – this year, I my goals and focus are entirely different. After the Vegas Half I will be ready to start training for my first Full, which will be out of state.
If I do not run this year’s Vegas Half this year, I will always wonder what I could of done, one year later after my first race on the same course. Vegas Full will have to wait until I have run a few more Full’s in other cities.
While running tradition often dictates that we should run our first FULL marathon in our hometown. The city I chose (which I will announce sometime this summer, after I register) – has a deep history to me, while growing up and always wanted to move there. So, I have not completely tossed aside tradition.
Who knows, maybe in Vegas 2012 is where I finally BQ (yea, right).
Thank you for all your support about my race decisions, I look forward to seeing you at the Start and Finish Line.
Live and Run Strong,
Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NVHalf-Marathoner, Business Blogger, Public Speaker
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