Pacer or Chaser? No, not a basketball team or even a car but how you would describe yourself as a runner.
So do you ever find yourself driving and see a car with a 26.2 sticker on it and you try to catch it and pass it? Walking into the grocery store, and you feel yourself racing the person next to you to get in the store?
Last night as I did one of my dreaded taper runs I was trying to keep it at an easy pace and then it happened, I began the chase. I saw this women the other day running in the neighborhood and she was a pretty fit girl and her pace was a good pace. I turned the corner today, and saw her 2 blocks away from me, and my first thought was “GO GET HER” and I ran as hard as I could without tripping over cracked sidewalks..before I knew it she turned a corner and I lost her. Ugh. Next time.
My name is Karen. I am a chaser. I have gotten worse when racing as I pick someone in the crowd and this will be the person I chase and hope to pass and then I will pick someone new. I name my people I chase. Turquoise shirt girl, The waterboy, and numerous other names that just pop into my head that remind me to keep them in my vision and pass them. The last race I ran I actually chatted with the 2 girls that I was chasing, and we laughed about it because they were doing it as well. I walked away from them and another person came to me and said she was chasing me down the whole way.. I am not alone.
I have tried to be a pacer, and when I ran with a training group, the pace leader kept telling me to SLOW down and stay with group but when I am in a group setting – my competing side kicks in and I wanna beat all these people. Of course – I know I should be slowing down as this is just a training run right?
Race day – I am not going to pace. I am not going to talk or socialize during the run. I am going to PUSH my body. I have learned I can push harder during races, and not hold back and chase as many people as I can. I may not win, but I might just pass one guy.. and chick him! I used to think I couldn’t go faster on runs, and then I decided – why not? Go Fast – and I did, and I didn’t collapse afterwards and got my pancakes. Will I always be a chaser – we shall see when the ultra-marathon training kicks in, but for now I will try to catch as many people as possible..maybe you!
Are you a chaser or a pacer? Do you race people into stores?