Two years ago yesterday I ran my first adult 5k. It was the first race I had signed up for on my own….ever! Prior to this, I had participated in one Warrior Dash prior to this race and I walked most of it and trudged slowly along for the rest. It wasn’t a race, it was something fun to do with my sis. It had been years since I ran a 5k…high school cross country to be exact. I had been good too. So to get out there again was scary. You can read about my emotional day and how the race went for me here. I seriously still get emotional about that day. It changed something inside of me.
So why am I bringing it up today? Well, this Saturday morning, I will toe that line again. I am going back to where it all started and pushing myself to be competitive. In 2014, I finished the race in 34:42 by walk/running (more like plodding) but I finished nonetheless. I stayed after and listened as they handed out awards. I heard times of 26 minutes xx seconds and 24:xx in awe that these woman were able to run this course that fast. How I too wanted to be able to do that someday. Well Saturday I will!! At least that’s the plan.
I remember feeling so little, so slow, so not runner like after hearing these times. It lit a fire deep down inside me. Something that made me want to set goals and achieve them. So I did. I started expanding my racing horizon and pushing myself more than I had in a very long time. I started looking at races differently. Started training harder, studying the system, how to run better, what to wear/eat/drink/think etc. I got faster. I started placing at local races. My confidence grew. 🙂
Now two years later, I have recovered from an injury that had me out of the running game for months and am running stronger than ever. To set my goal for this race was hard. It is just a 5k, but that isn’t truly how I look at it. I do not like 5k’s…they hurt! 🙂 So with much apprehension I give you my goal for this race…24:42. Do I think this is achievable? Absolutely. Will I have to work hard for it? Yep! But to go to a race that I ran two years ago and best my time by a full 10 minutes.
Well, that would be nice. But what I really want to do…I want to be that person that they call up to hand an award too, not because of the medal or glory. But because I want to do for someone else, what those women did for me in 2014. I want to have that person watching, that is embarrassed to run in front of their friends, that doesn’t have the self image they should, I want them to be inspired. To help change their lives. To be to someone else now, what I needed so badly then. That motivation, that reason to set new goals and not be scared! If I don’t place or hit my minute goal…I will be ok with that. I can’t have all good races. But every day I do get to run is a good day! 🙂
Who was/is your inspiration?
Is there any one race that has more significance than others to you? Why?