RACE RECAP: Scotland Run 10k

The Scotland Run 10k was my first race of the year. I was both excited and nervous since I hadn’t raced since…yikes, the marathon in November. What was intended to be a short winter break from racing, ended up being half a year. It was a long winter for the east coast! The Scotland Run is one of the most popular races in the New York Road Runner schedule, celebrating Scottish heritage and culture with bag pipes, kilts, and more as all part of Scotland Week.
Scotland Run 10k NYRR
Men were excited about being able to run in kilts without judgment. I was excited to be in Central Park on one of NYC’s first real spring days. The Great Lawn was looking mighty fine.
Scotland 10K Central Park Great Lawn
Scotland 10K Central Park Great Lawn
Scotland Run 10k NYRR
I didn’t set any personal records, but it felt good to be out running with a large crowd again. There’s something about running with thousands of people that is intoxicating and addictive. It’s why I started racing. I tried it once and I was hooked.

I’m a big believer in self motivation and competing with myself, but sometimes when I run solo I don’t try as hard.

I am not enough.

The self that I compete with is sometimes very lazy! She’s lazy, unmotivated, mean, and uninspiring. And when she rears her ugly head, I rely on other people to push me past my limit. I race to compete. I may not compete to win first place, but I compete with my neighbor who’s going to push me past my limit.

In the words of Kanye, that’s how I get “stronger, better, faster, stronger.”

Time to Sound Off: I want to hear from you. Do you race and why?

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