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It’s Not About the Race

It’s Not About the Race


It’s about Seedy Silk STUFT Bread, those grapes and that new bench move from yesterday.




This morning was brilliant.

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Since I’ve been up since 2:30 am though, I can’t recap the whole thing. That will have to wait, but hey, not everything is a race.

I’ve actually been trying to remind myself about that a lot lately. Everything doesn’t have to be a race Kristin. (Yes, that’s my self talk.)

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life I’m always racing to from one activity to the next or to see how much I can get done in a certain amount of time.

I race to see how much work I can get done while the boys are in school for three hours.

How many chores can I finish up while the boys re helping Daddy outside or while I’m baking (or burning) dinner in the oven?

The boys and I even have “races” in the morning to see who can get ready the fastest.

It’s just silly.

I mean, I’m a competitive person by nature, but I even race my GPS in the car. Does anyone else do that?

You know, you put your destination in and it gives you the arrival time. I’m always on a mission to get there before the initial arrival time it gives me. I’ll show that GPS. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that. You do too, right?

Well, I’m trying to snap out of the whole racing against the clock outlook in everyday life.

Today I made a point of not racing the clock during the Long Beach International Citi Bank Marathon.

I’ve had a lot of personal stuff and health stuff going on the past few months, not to mention this lovely cold I’ve been dealing with all week, but today has been one of the best days.

It wasn’t about getting a good time at the race, it was about finally feeling somewhat good given the circumstances and spending some quality time with amazing people.

Monica and I were together for a few hours pre-race and up to no good at 5:00 am.

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Then my best friends from college Sasha and Deena were there at the finish line.

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I mean really, could they be any more awesome?

I saw the fabulous Pam along the way on the course and we met up together afterwards also.

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Then I met up with Shane and met Kat for the first time.

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It really made me think about how blessed I am for so many things:

To have best friends there at the end and put up with all my shenanigans.

To have these other amazing friendships that have blossomed through running and racing and doing the social media thing. These people inspire me daily.

Above all else to have family that loves and supports me through all this.

I’ve just overwhelmed with gratitude.


Today was a great day.

My time wasn’t stellar, but that definitely was not what I was going for. I wanted to run comfortable (without hacking up a lung), feel strong and give my body and my head a challenge to rise above.

And that, my friends, was exactly how it went down.

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Every marathon and long race is hard, but this race finally felt good. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve actually felt good during a race.

I have a long way to go, but I’m slowly getting my mojo back.


You know though, it’s not about the race, it’s about the journey.

It’s also about quality time with special friends and loved ones that support, encourage and make sacrifices for you and your passions.

Those people in my life make me want to be a better person.

Quality time with them should always be cherished and should never be rushed.

And with that, I’m calling it a night.

I just finished up a little snuggle time with these guys.

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Now it’s time for a little something sweet with my feet up closely followed by my head to hitting the pillow so I’m ready for some more quality time with them in the morning.


See you tomorrow for a full race recap!


How was your weekend?

Are you ever racing against the clock or your car GPS?

Did anyone else have a race?

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  1. 1

    Love this Kristin and so glad that you had a good day and that you felt good on your run. You’re right – it’s not always a race and that’s a reminder that I often need. PS I totally race against the GPS in my car all the time!

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    Sam says:

    It’s so great to read that you’re feeling so good. The positivity from this post is totally infectious :). Congrats on your run, and thanks for the reminder to stop racing around all of the time! I definitely fall into that trap: “Google says 20 minutes? What do THEY know. I’ve got Gu in my subaru, I am TOTALLY going to PR at grocery shopping today.” It’s funny how type-a hyper functional runner people can get TOO functional for their own darned good.

    Enjoy some restful time with your guys tomorrow! I raced Saturday- I had a trail half marathon. Time wise it turned out to be a personal worst, but golly if I didn’t have a good time scrambling over roots and rocks in the woods.

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    Erica says:

    Glad it was such an amazing day!! I totally race my GPS in my car 😉

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    marti says:

    such a good point. i love this. “life is not a race, it’s about the journey!” a great reminder..i’m so guilty of “go go go!!” trying to multitask continuously and get as much done as possible. its a good reminder to just breathe and be present and enjoy life.

    awesome job on a great race! 🙂 you never seize to amaze me!

  5. 5

    Beautiful words, and well spoken. Congrats on a great day 😉

  6. 6

    Congratulations! I’m glad you were able to worry less about time and just enjoy yourself!

    My weekend was awesome! My mom is in town from Alaska, and I haven’t seen her for over a year, so we’re having a good time visiting. And yesterday was my 6th half marathon and the first time I broke 2 hours – I didn’t even feel like I was going to die 😉

    I always race the GPS, what does it know? 🙂

  7. 7

    You are amazing – I’m constantly inspired by you! And yes – I totally race the GPS, and do a lot of the racing things you mentioned, which made me think about sloooowing down! Thank you! And congrats!

  8. 8

    Haha, you make me feel so normal. EVERY ride requiring GPS is always a race!

    Such good stuff here. Happy to hear you’re on the upswing, and yes, can we hit the wall soon? Yes? 😉

  9. 9

    Love this. I have a tendency to race race race as well. The first time I ran a half marathon with the whole concept of NOT racing, it was totally freeing! It can’t always be about a PR or hitting a certain time. It should be more about enjoying, especially with friends along the way 😉

  10. 10

    You’re awesome!!! I love how positive you are, and running with all those “obstacles.” So inspirational!

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    Kim says:

    Oh – what a super great race experience – love that you were surrounded by so many great friends!!!
    Yes, I feel like I’m racing against the clock way too often but I’m getting better at carving out times to just be.
    And, that burpee move with the step – yep, 50 this morning – I used my double step and did the jump on and off thing – YIKES!!!

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    Stephanie Weeks says:

    Great job on your race and your positive attitude.
    I was just diagnosed with osteopenia and it was recommended I’d take a medicine. I wanted to see if you are taking a medication like Fosamax and how it was going?
    Anyways I really don’t know many people that take any medications like this so I thought I’d ask. I am willing to take a medication that will help in the long run especially to avoid future stress fractures.


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