I am. I can honestly say that I am hung up on the numbers. For me, racing has always been about the numbers. Sure I love being outside, the training regime and the friendships I have formed but when you get right down to it, everything I do is geared towards improving my last racing time.
Every so often I'll read an article or hear someone say "don't get hung up on watching the clock", "I don't run for time", "what fun is it if you are racing against a clock". Stuff like that just does not bode well with me. I am ALWAYS watching the clock. I watch several numbers as a matter of fact. And, as of late, I now watch my heart rate numbers of which I happen to find extremely interesting and a little challenging. The numbers do not get old for me. My body might get old but my numbers are not old.
Recently, I ran the Bill Rogers Jingle Bell run in Boston. This race is not a race, it's a fun run. I can't think of any other race where I have run it as a fun run. Let me tell you something. Racing is a lot more fun than jogging. I'm sorry but it is. There's just no getting around that.
I am also aware that by being all about the numbers you are also certainly all about raw pain. If you are going to race you are going to experience pain. That might not sound so fun however when I think about being in the heat of a race I don't think about the pain I'm feeling. I am thinking about my pace, my end time, how fast am I going, can I go faster, will I PR, is this not a good day to PR..
So, if any racer tells you they are not hung up on the numbers... they are lying. It's that simple. Race on!