My feeling, which I’m sure is partly this way because my coaches through high school and college have always pushed this, is if I’m going to line up for a race, I’m going to give the race everything I have. I may not be going into the race completely rested, I might even do a bit of a workout before the start. However, once the gun goes off, I’m racing it with whatever I have at the moment.
While I know a lot of people seem to like to enter races and use them as workouts, maybe because of what my coaches taught me, I don’t see the point. If I want to do a workout, I’ll head out my front door or go to the local track and do a workout. If I want to enter a race, I’m going to race it. Personally, I’d be racing it.