My point is not that these races are bad. I admire the runners who compete in these events. My point is that these overly expensive, aggressively marketed and highly socialized races can push runners to jump in too early, or for the wrong reasons. Peer pressure, intentional or not, is a difficult thing to resist.
Have you ever felt a race slipping away from you after a strong start? Have you been passed, or run out of gas, just a mile or two from the finish line? Every runner can benefit from increased endurance. Tempo runs are just the thing to help you become better at running faster for longer periods of time.
I didn't prance enthusiastically down my driveway each morning, but I looked forward to my workouts and, better yet, to the pleasant combination of fatigue and adrenaline that coursed through me when I finished. It wasn't exactly the oft-touted runner's high, but I did feel something akin to a runner's buzz.