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!!
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