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Rewinding and Reliving Moments

If I could just go back… We’ve all thought that at one point or another. But if you could go back and get a do-over, should you? Would you?

The topic for today’s Tuesdays on the Run is Race Rewind aka what race would you do over (to perfect, get a second shot at, or relive). The short answer? The Marine Corps Marathon, which thousands will be running this weekend. The long answer?

I wouldn’t redo, relive, or do-over any of them. 


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I wouldn’t take a single one of them back. 

Not the time when I broke my back but blew my own mind on a perfect Chicago day.

Not my best executed race when I earned my first BQ.

Not my favorite race course.

Not my first and perhaps most incredible marathon.

I love each of these memories. Each of them means so much to me in their own way. But I wouldn’t relive them, and I wouldn’t redo them, because each of them came to me at a particular moment in my life, each of them gave me something unique to that place in my life and that instance in time.

MCM helped me cope with the feelings of isolation of moving. The injury issues that I had taught me the importance of glute engagement and PT. The race day itself taught me that anything is possible the day of the marathon, and that every mile is a gift.

Twin Cities gave me a new respect for my body and helped me conquer many of the mental demons that I had wrestled with for so long when it came to the changes that my body had made and would have to make in the future. I met so many of my great running buddies training for this marathon, and this was the first race that I put out there on social media!

Phoenix was my resurgens…. I earned my first BQ that I earned with every single step. But it was not the most scenic of courses. This was the first marathon where I was surrounded by friends from all over, the first time I ran any part of a race with friends!

Chicago was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Another race that I fought for every step. A race where I was truly surrounded, from start to finish, with the most amazing people, from blog friends to running celebrities to local running friends and my trainees. No, I didn’t run the race I expected to run. And I might have caused the stress fracture that I have spent the year recovering from.

And those are just the marathons. I relived these and many of my favorite race moments last week.

Finishers! Alex and I after the race! Amita Health Fitness For America Sunset Half Marathon/10k/5k Race Review and Race recap at

Don’t get me started on my half marathons. The 10k’s that I ran with Alex this summer. Whether I have raced them or run them, PR’d them or just finished them by the skin of my teeth, run them alone or with people (Mo was the first!), run under my own singlet or as part of Team Challenge, each of these races has meant something to me in a special and isolated way. 

As much as I respect those that run races all the time or to the point that they have no clue how many they have run, I am glad that I only run a small handful of races each year. Each of those experiences is special to me, maybe even sacred. 

And they all need to stand alone. There is only one race that I have run multiple times, even. And even so, I remember each round of it individually.

A perfect fall morning run on Saturday!

Maybe I’ve been lucky and haven’t had a race that really went bass ackwards. Well, the Big 10K came close, but I held it together. I had a chance to run MCM this year, and I really considered it. But there is no way that the race would ever live up to the memory that I have of it. I may run it again one day, but for now? 

I get to relive the memory of it. Romanticized and beautiful. Going back and re-running it? Could never measure up!

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What is your take? Would your literally relive your favorite race? Or would you let that memory stand?

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  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This is kind of how I feel about most things – I would never do them over again, as I always learn something.
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    October 25, 2016 at 6:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Live and learn and then (as is very germane in your case) get Luvs!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I’ve always said with anything in life that I would never go back. It’s never the same.
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    October 25, 2016 at 6:08 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I have wanted to run past races again; but not as a redo or reliving them – rather as their own unique experiences each time.
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    October 25, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Agree with you there!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    There are some moments I think I’d like to go back, but really it wouldn’t be the same and what if you mucked up that perfect memory? Such a fun post, Susie!
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    October 25, 2016 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree! Why risk it!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I think I would go back if I could be an outsider and just watch myself. I would want to see myself when I am feeling strong and running free. That would be amazing to watch 🙂
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    October 25, 2016 at 7:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree there!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply kat

    Oh gosh – I would never want to re-do my old soccer tournaments because we have so many great memories [and won a TON of them] but I would like to change how I treated my body! I sure am paying for it now…
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    October 25, 2016 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that is very fair!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    That Marine Corps Marathon race was my favorite of your big races.
    Aside from watching you complete a spectacular event for yourself, that race gave me the most amazing view of the human spirit that I’ve ever seen. Just being a witness (and “cheer participant”) in the crowd of supporters was a gift.
    We take out health for granted, until it isn’t granted anymore, but that day, I watched us take our freedom, our liberty and our real American pride to heart for all of the right reasons.

    I wish every participant a glorious race, and a day of wonder for those who stand by and cheer.

    October 25, 2016 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Jessica Marie

    I definitely wouldn’t consider do-overs. My very first race was a half marathon, of which I am very proud. My second race was a XC race that was TERRIBLE! Had that been my first race, I probably never would’ve raced again. But it was still a really beautiful memory.
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    October 25, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is amazing what we can take from all the races–good or bad!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    I would like a crack at training for Eugene since that’s the cycle I got hit with ITBS. I know so much more now, and I thought knew everything then. Not even close!

    October 25, 2016 at 8:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think there are so many trainings that we would like a second crack at! But think about it–it will be your first crack at the race!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    my husband always says each race is an opportunity to grow! You learn from each. Relive the good, and learn from the not so good.
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    October 25, 2016 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Suzy

    That is a really good question! I have never even thought about this. My favourite race was the ultra 50 miler in Whistler and it wasn’t just my favourite race but honestly it was probably my favourite day in my whole entire life. And no, now that I think about it, I wouldn’t re-live it; I’d let that memory stand. It’s sacred and perfect and the timing of the whole thing was beautiful, made just for me in that moment of my life.
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    October 25, 2016 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is the thing to me–like my wedding day, I would never sully that memory!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Each race has its own story for sure!

    October 25, 2016 at 8:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love to hear all of the stories!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Aurora@Fitness is Sweet

    I got a stress fracture last spring training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in DC. I ran the race with the stress fracture (undiagnosed but hurting), and honestly, if training for that race gave me a stress fracture it was 100% worth it, because I had an incredible experience. And having a stress fracture taught me not to take things so seriously. I learned to have fun with my boot!
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    October 25, 2016 at 10:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love your positive attitude! Stress fractures SUCK (believe me, I know!), but you have 100% the right attitude!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I like to think that I’ve learned something from each race that I’ve done. I would probably not run the half marathon 3 years ago on a very sore shin that turned into a stress fracture but live and learn!
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    October 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That definitely is a learning experience!

      October 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Allie

    You can’t go home again and really, who wants to? It’s never the same the second time around and you wrote exactly why! I’m firmly in the camp of “everything happens for a reason” and it’s all the races – good and bad – that make us the runners we are now. Why change that? Loved this!
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    October 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally, 100% agree. You can go home to visit, but it will never be the same, nor should it be!

      October 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    Never would I ever do anything over. Never. Every experience in my past life, bad and good, has shaped who I am as a person and I have to say, I am pretty happy with me and my life. Sure, there have been tons of times where I remember myself crying saying UGH I WISH I COULD HAVE A DO OVER, but honestly, do-overs are just not possible and we have to learn from the crappy so as to make us HAPPY in the future! LOL!
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    October 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm
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      October 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Great thought-provoking post! I was just thinking this whilst standing in the OR today while watching a c-section! So many things have led me to where I am today and so much of it made me wonder what the hecks I was doing and why I put myself through it, but when I look back on it all, I honestly don’t think I would change anything, because it wouldn’t have led to where I am now. I’ve only ever run one race (I think it’d take monumental efforts to run 2-3 miles now, let alone a half-marathon ._.), but I’m glad I did/survived it! :O

    October 25, 2016 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I have so many distinct memories of each of my races. I do repeat races, though. Many of my favorite races are local and have become a bit of a tradition. 🙂
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    October 25, 2016 at 6:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel like those re-run races are like my run mag mile race–basically tradition at this point!

      October 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    I wouldn’t redo any races either. Each are a learning experience.
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    October 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    The only race I ever wanted to re-run was the Chicago Marathon. The first time I ran it I pulled a hamstring around mile 20. There was no changing my mind. I had to have a redemption run.

    October 26, 2016 at 3:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I feel that that is a very valid answer!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Not 100% on topic, but in life in general its so easy to think “if I could just go back” or “I wish I could do that again,” when really, the fact that we even think that means that the experience taught us something so significant to our lives. Of course it’d be nice to go back and relive things that gave us wonderful feelings, but then maybe it wouldn’t feel as perfect the second time around. Onward and forwards we must go. But we can always stop and remember the good times.
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    October 26, 2016 at 7:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I couldn’t have said it better.

      October 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply patty

    Yep- the lesson is in the journey!
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    October 26, 2016 at 9:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And that is why it is worth it!

      October 27, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I feel exactly the same way as you! I wouldn’t want to relive or re-do any moment in my life as it’s those moments that have made me into who I am today!
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    October 26, 2016 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you are pretty darn awesome!

      October 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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