I’ve had some ups and downs within my training like anyone, some weeks were better than others. I still remember the first time I ran 7km it was honestly the biggest struggle, now 7km is an average distance to cover in my run. Or my first 9km run I thought was such a long distance, and now I feel like I could happily go for a 10km leisurely run on the weekend. So for these two reasons are the exact reason why I am already a winner before I’ve started the race.
Sometimes when you have so far to go it is easy to become focused on the end product, will I run the whole race, will I stop to walk, will I run it in less than 2 hours 30 minutes, you become fixated on how you can be the best – also known as letting your ego in and fear voice talking loud.
Yet I feel that sometimes the biggest achievement is showing up, getting to race day. So before I even take one step I know I am incredibly lucky and proud of my achievements, I have run for 2 hours at a time and survived – it was hard but I’ve done it. I run 6-7km at a time, a distance that used to be a huge incredible distance to achieve one day, I am a runner.
That is what I am feeling at the moment, and during this week numerous times my fear, ego, scared voice will creep inside my head, I might listen to it but I will release these negative thoughts from my brain, because I know I have done the best I could do to train for this day and I will be able to run this.
So take a think about it and is there something right now that you are being too harsh on yourself? Do you need to look back to have a real sense of pride in this moment? By doing this it helps us gain perspective and see the journey we undertook as what it was. For me, I will be proud because I will look how far I have come in the last 13 weeks, or how the longest time I used to run for would be 20 minutes, and from that to where I am now is an achievement, regardless of race day.
I am very excited to compete in my first fun run and run the furthest distance I have ever gone. I will definitely fill all of you in on how it goes, so keep your eyes peeled.There’s just one thing I need to remember, how do you run? Easy one foot in front of the other. Repeat.