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Why I’ve Already Won

Posted Oct 07 2012 10:00pm

Thirteen weeks of running, physio trips, copious amount of deep heat, taping, stretching, foam rolling, swimming after runs, going to bed very early and lots of bananas (my favourite pre run snack), I am finally here, the week leading up to my first ever half marathon. I couldn’t be more excited or petrified of what is in store for me.

Today I wanted to make it short and sweet and tell you why I am already a winner before I’ve even started my race, and why regardless of my time I will be happy finishing a half marathon. Okay truth be told the second one, silencing my ego may be a bit difficult but I will be trying my best.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Uploaded by user via Alexi on Pinterest

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. 

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