Yesterday, I completed the inaugural Encinitas half marathon. This pretty 13.1 mile course along the ocean had one long incline and two short, steep hills. Over 5,000 high spirited runners participated in this Sunday morning race. The energy was palpable.
If you enjoy running, then entering a race, especially a half or full marathon, is a worthwhile endeavor. The discipline, the energy, the mind/body connection, and the accomplishment are all excellent rewards. I love to run causally but occasionally I enter races for the increased self-discipline, the joy of getting into shape, and the rush of being with other runners.