Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Think I Can

I've been training for 10 weeks.  3 runs a week, plus weights and bootcamps. The time has finally come! I'm going to run my first 5k race on Saturday.  I'm excited and nervous!! This has been a giant step out of my comfort zone.  If there is anything I've learned over the past several years, it's that sometimes dreaded place where it ALL happens.  The real honest CHANGE.

I was reading through some old posts here and it's so interesting to see my evolution into this athletic person that I've suddenly become. I was always just a swimmer.  Nothing more. No Track & Field or Volleyball (which I was always recruited for based on my amazon height). I swam. Some years it was a year-round thing for me, always competing in the pool.  I lost that after high school, but I've found that person again. I'm stronger, leaner and more athletic than I've ever been in my entire life.  33 years old and I'm proof that if you aren't a runner, today is the day you can start! If you aren't in the best shape of your life, there is nothing that is holding you back more than YOU. 

People keep telling me that once I do this race I'll want to do another. I wouldn't have believed them 10 weeks ago, but as I sit here I've just received another message from a friend that's going to be joining a team I'm forming for The Color Run in August.  Yes, another 5k! I haven't even run my first race, but I know I'm already going to want more.  We're even talking about forming a Mud Run team! Yikes!

If any of my readers have any tips, tricks or advice for race day, I'm all ears! I'd love to hear your words of encouragement as well. 

I will be back with my full race report on Saturday, but for now, I'll leave you with a Bible verse that my sister Mary sent to me to get me ready for Saturday. 

"I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize..."  :Philippians 3:13-14:

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