Since dropping out of the race this past weekend, I’ve done some serious soul-searching on my commitment to this whole “running thing.” From a woman in her mid-50’s that went from a high school athlete, to an adult couch-potato, to starting to run in her 50’s (early 50’s…LOL), I know this is something I really want to do (though I actually love walking more…LOL). I enjoy it. I have to get the negative thoughts out of my head and realize that being in the back of the pack is OK as long as I can make the cut-off. In fact, I’m considering signing up again for a race I ran last year. (Keep in mind that I use the term “run” loosely, it’s more of the run/walk method). It was another race I almost talked myself out of. It was crazy cold and I had never run outside in the cold before, nor did I train properly. I did end up coming in fourth from last, but I didn’t quit!!!
I will tell you that there is nothing like paying for a race and NOT finishing that makes you think. It’s only been a week, but I’ve kept up with my running plan. I’ve not fallen victim to my usual various excuses. I find myself actually wanting to get out there and run. I know, however, it’s like anything else – I have to keep at it because I know an excuse one night, will turn into excuses night after night, until I’m right back where I was – faced with a race and feeling woefully unprepared. No worries – chin up. I’m going to do this. Stay tuned!