As I previously mentioned here, I’ve started running, or at least my version of running, with the goal of completing a 5K in the Fall. I am going to run the entire thing without stopping or walking (notice that I said ‘am’ and not ‘try’). Well, happy news, I’ve officially registered for the Thunder Road 5K on November 16. Ahhh – it’s official!
So far on this journey, I’ve learned some really valuable lessons. First, it’s good to ask for help. I recently went to a local Run for Your Life store and was fitted for a pair of running shoes. I had no idea until I met with the experts that I was wearing a size too small! No wonder my toes hurt after each run. I also had a friend talk with me about my strides and breathing. Accepting help and advice is tough for me as I try to do everything myself (I’m stubborn). Sometimes it is better to be the student.
Second, I learned that I am capable of things I didn’t think possible. For so long I used words like “can’t” to second guess myself. Now I realize that I can do things I didn’t think possible. It’s all about setting a goal, getting the negative thoughts out of your head and putting one foot in front of the other. No excuses because excuses just hold you back from realizing your full potential.
Third, I learned that you can go out and buy cute outfits to run in. Hey, you’re sweating your proverbial balls off, so you might as well look cute while doing it. I’ll take inspiration in any form I can get, and new clothes are a nice touch. Even Smitty is excited about my new running clothes.
And the journey continues …