I've been asking myself this question a lot lately, especially with the Tinker Bell 10k and half coming up. Prior to the Disneyland half a couple months ago, my answer would have been a resounding "why not both?"
Let's rewind a bit... I've been running since 2010, but until Disneyland this past September, I'd only participated in 2 races. So to me, I was running for both time and fun. In 2011, I finished my first half in 2:48. In 2012, I PR'd and finished in 2:23. Two weeks before 2013's half, I ran a 2:12 training run. So naturally, I was all about running for another PR!
(I took the 10k nice and easy, it was purely for having fun in our costumes. I loved it!)
But for the half, I had different plans. I was going to run like heck and get my PR. Bad plan. The hot and humid weather kicked my butt. I should have listened to what my body was telling me- it was too hot, I should take it slow and just enjoy the race.
In my true stubborn fashion, I didn't listen. And it was miserable. I wasn't having fun, I was grumpy and just exhausted. It wasn't until the last couple miles that I came to grips with the fact that my PR was long gone and I would probably not even beat last year's time. My lack of pictures from the half was what really made me realize just how much I wasn't into the race (I am usually a picture taking maniac). :/ At the last minute, I was able to focus on just having fun and my hubby and I crossed the finish line hand in hand, something we haven't done before.
I was happy it was over and that I finished.
Please don't feel sorry that I didn't have the amazing race experience I wanted. If you're new to racing, especially runDisney events, let my experience be a lesson for you- don't be afraid to let your PR plans go and just enjoy the race! PRs can come and go, but you'll always have those memories of the race. Make the most of it and just have fun. :)
I'm still not sure what will happen on race day for the Tink 10k or half. But I do know I'm not going to let my PR desires or pre-conceived ideas get the best of me. I still have yet to stop for any character stops- I think that needs to change in 2014!
After all, during the race, you're not slow, you're just getting your money's worth! :)
Do you run for time or fun? How do you decide?