I CAN do this!


Running has been a part of my life for quite a while now.  I’ve written quite a few posts about it over the years and here comes another one!!

I’m not fast, I’m not stylish, I tend to run a bit heavy, I’m sometimes happy when it’s over and I’m no longer what you’d call a youngster. I still can’t run 5km under 30 mins despite trying for the past few years. If you’ve read some of my previous posts this will all sound a bit familiar. At least I’m consistent!!

But having said all that, I can say that I am committed, I try hard, I’m enthusiastic, I compete only against myself and I know I CAN do this. I also know I need to have more belief in myself. I try not to compare myself against others but it is a bit hard at times.

In a recent post, Remind me again why I am doing this, I questioned why I ran, what I got out of it and was it worth the effort?? I even answered my own questions!! In that post I also mentioned that I had registered for the 5km Run Melbourne on 30 July.

Last year I ran in the event for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it, the crowd, the atmosphere and the fact that I was running again, despite some difficulties in the previous few months. The year before I was ready to run but a family tragedy happened instead. I ended up running the event with my daughter, just a long way from Melbourne.


Well this week I received my race ‘bib’ and was shocked to see I was entered in the 6km run. This was in a week where the weather had been decidedly wet and miserable, I hadn’t been out running for days and I wasn’t feeling any confidence in my own abilities. I took to Facebook (as you do in these circumstances) bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t been training and, when I had run, I had thought I was training for a 5km run and not 6km!  Lots of my friends obviously believe in me and made supportive comments and encouraged me to just do my best. Some just told me to get out there and put one foot after the other and what’s another kilometre after running 5 anyway?? Good point, but one only someone who doesn’t run would make!

I’m pleased to say that this week I have had some spectacular training runs.  I’ve enjoyed the warmer weather, as we are away from my usual ‘altitude’ training environment for a few days and I’ve run better than I have in quite a while. I feel confident and happy with myself. I also feel proud of my efforts.  I’m no spring chicken but I’m getting out there, pushing myself and running rings around those who are still sitting on the couch thinking about it!!


I’m not fazed by the 6km distance any longer, I know I can run most of the way and the adrenaline will push me a bit faster on the day.  And if I don’t do well what’s the worst that can happen – I’ll feel disappointed but it won’t stop me from trying again next year.  I’m excited to maybe meet some of my online blogger running buddies and Running Divas as well. I usually run alone in the forest so always feel a bit excited when running with others, it’s a real buzz!!

So next Sunday it will all be over and I’ll be feeling proud of myself regardless of the result.  Wish me luck!!

I CAN do this!!

Deb 😊

You can also find Deb’s World here – I’d be delighted if you’d join me.

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60 Replies to “I CAN do this!”

      1. You could do it, just getting yourself to think that you can. The physical ability bit comes next with training. It used to amaze me if I started off on a training day saying to myself I will do such and such kms, I could never do more or less. Mind over matter 🙂 It’s very addictive competing in races!

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  1. Altitude training ? Enjoy the run Deb that’s the most important thing and don’t push yourself to injury, if you are struggling with the last K. Remember you have a wedding to get to and dance the night away at. Hopefully the weather will be kinder than it has the weekend. Good luck. Louise

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    1. Yes altitude training at home!! We are quite high so I’m claiming it 😊 thanks for the good advice I will try to stay within my limits as you’ve raised some good points about the upcoming wedding. We’ve also got a two week walk in the desert to do beforehand too.


  2. Yay, go girl! You can achieve anything you desire if you feel it in your heart and soul. I stopped running after my illness but would love to start up again – slowly! You’ve inspired me to dig out my trainers and get outside x

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  3. As a fellow runner, I KNOW you can do this. Injuries abound in my running life, and yet I always want to get back out there. I’m inspired by your attitude and your accomplishments. Run. Run. Run. (Then celebrate how awesome you are. :))

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  4. You CAN do 6K, Deb! I just ran 5.5K this morning as part of my weekly run, and have done several 5K races before where at the end I felt I could do more. When you start having self-doubts, re-focus on your breathing, enjoy the fact that you’re running, and tell yourself you can do it, one step at a time. Just to cheer you on, I marked down in my calendar to do a 6K run on July 30! It’s summer in Toronto so if it’s humid that day, I’ll do 6K in an air-con gym…It will be 6K nevertheless 🙂

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    1. Oh that’s so lovely of you Natalie!! Your suggestions are just what I need to do to focus. I did 5.6km the other day and felt good so I should be fine. I look forward to hearing how you go. Thanks again lovely!!


  5. I have every faith in you Deb. I’m so happy to find someone else who blogs and gives running a go. You know I’m a runner well I run let’s put it that way. Started at 50 and will celebrate my 60th next month with a 34km run with my Saturday Sisters. You are getting out there and giving it a go so well done!!

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    1. You are amazing Sue, how can you even think about running 34 kms, especially when I’m whinging and whining about running a paltry 6kms?? Thanks for your support, it’s so good to have you as someone I can look up to.

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      1. Well I give it a go Deb. I won’t ever be in front of the pack but I do love a challenge and just because I’m almost 60 doesn’t mean I can’t try. I’m so proud of your efforts and have shared your post on #couchpotatotofabfit FB group. You’ve got this.

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  6. You’ll be great – I’m jealous of anyone who runs – I’m so useless at it and hate the whole process. 6kms is an amazing effort and you’ll be so chuffed when you’re finished! Enjoy your buzz 🙂

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