The Race That Wasn’t


I was supposed to run my 4th consecutive VT Corporate Cup Challenge on Thursday night. As you have already gathered from my Manic Monday training recap, I did not. And I am 100% ok with it.

I have a complicated relationship with this race because, while I get free registration, an early release from work, and free dinner, the race itself has a lot of logistical issues. Usually, we have a pretty high rate of participation in our office, but for some reason, this year just didn’t work out. One by one, people kept dropping out due to injuries, illness, or business conflicts. A determined core of 4 of us were still planning to go as of Thursday morning, but I’d be lying if I said I was excited about it.

When our office manager walked into my office around lunchtime and said, “How bad do you wanna race tonight?” I was IMMEDIATELY ready to throw in the towel. Getting into Montpelier for this race is a HUGE hassle that always stresses me out. The weather was really iffy. And quite frankly, I didn’t want to spend my entire evening out and about, driving an extra 40+ miles.

Instead of racing, our team just went out for a nice dinner and drinks on the company dime. The whole thing is about team-building and spending time together anyway, and it’s a heck of a lot easier to get to know each other over dinner than it is during a race. And then I was home at a totally reasonable hour, which was also wonderful.

It’s kind of funny that May was supposed to be this crazy race-filled month, and now I will only end up running 2 out of the original 4. Considering that the two I’m missing are the two I didn’t have to pay for, I’m certainly not that broken up about it.

What do you do when you’re just not feeling a race? Push through, or bail?

9 thoughts on “The Race That Wasn’t

    • Rae says:

      Yeah, a lot of the motivation comes from the money and/or training I’ve put in. And since I didn’t pay for it and didn’t really train for it, I was not super into it.

  1. Darlene says:

    I have a similar race this Thursday. I am not looking forward to it since it will be 90 degrees and I will have come back from driving 10 hours in 2 days. But I am new at my job so I plan to run it.

  2. SuzLyfe says:

    If I’m hurt, I won’t go, obviously, but otherwise, I tend to go to things that i have paid for. By and large. Although I have sat out many a thing!

  3. txa1265 says:

    I sign up for almost nothing … so I have never skipped a race. That said … I would totally have done the same as you in this case!

    You really got at the core of it – what is the PURPOSE … team bonding. Getting together socially rather than driving then doing the race is more effective at that.

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