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Racing can be intimidating. After all, it’s so much harder than running. Running—what we do during training—is a comfortable, fun, motivational thing, full of the excitement of improving, the camaraderie of working out with friends and sharing training stories, and the feel-good endorphins of the so-called “runners high.” But then comes race day, and all those enjoyable aspects of the sport suddenly disappear. If you experience even a sliver of those warm-and-fuzzy running-training feelings during a race, according to Carl, consider yourself lucky. Because racing—real performance racing versus “just-want-to-finish” racing—is not comfy and fun, mentally or physically. In fact, physiologically speaking, he says, if you do it right, it only feels good when it’s over. Understanding that and the reasons behind it is important, because you’ll realistically know what to expect during the race—and how to race it to your best. Then, after you’ve achieved your goal and made yourself proud, you can go home, collapse on the couch, and return to your old carefree days of just simply running. Until the next race, that is.