I’m a firm believer that running a race “for fun” and running a race “for time” are separate but related components. I think that first and foremost a runner should want to run the race because he or she enjoys running the race regardless of time. It would be miserable to suffer that distance (or any distance) simply because we were interested in what the clock said. Not until we are healthy and in good training form, should the clock come into play.
Running For Time
Running "for time"will often take the experience to another level of enjoyment, however, when we run the race for time and miss our goal, it is important to have a solid mental foundation of running “for fun” so we don’t wallow in our own self pity or even worse, ditch running altogether.