🎖️¦¦ LEVEL: BEGINNER
I didn't sleep very well last night.
My anxiety levels were hopping all over the place because of the 5km race I entered for today.
I pledged to #RunForLife this year and this how I was going to start it off, a quick 5km to get the ball rolling. . . but I was freaking out!
✖️ It would be the first race I would do that wasn't an all women's race. Something about running (walking) amongst dudes is a tad more intimidating to me. 🙈
✖️ It would be the first race without my mommy walking along side me, keeping the pace, keeping me company, motivating me, checking to see if I'm still doing okay. I'm a baby, I know. 😂
✖️ It would be the first race I would do since the Totalsports Women's Race in August last year, and I had no idea how I would cope.
✖️ I entered with peeps who are much fitter (and lighter than me). They would have to wait for me to come in long after they'd completed the race.
✖️ None of the clothes I wanted to wear for the race were fitting the way I wanted them to. My tummy is still huge af because of the IBS flare, aaaaand it is sooooo visible. 😕
Buuuuut, here I am, holding my finisher's medal!
It took me 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 51 seconds to get it, but I GOT IT! That's what matters.
Out there, while I was doing my thang, none of those previous freak out points mattered anymore. I was just doing me. That's all I could do. 🤷 And my peeps, they waited for me. As soon as they saw me they waved and cheered me on. 🤗
Eventually, with more practice and more hard work, I will get better, I will get faster, and with that will come the confidence I need.
What matters right now is that I started.
The only way you can get anywhere is to start.
I'm a tad sore right now, but I'm excited. I'll be doing a 10km at the Spar Women's Race with the women in my family (yes, including my mommy 😂), and I can't wait. It's another chance for me to challenge myself and better myself.
Here's to running for life. 👊
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