“If you start soon enough, you won’t have to catch up.”
This week-end was absolutely gorgeous. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and all that other wonderful spring-timeness that we know and love. A friend and I completed the Port to Fort 6K this week-end in downtown Baltimore. This was my first time ever running an event (not racing, because we all know I wasn’t going to win) that was more than a 5K. The race itself was beautiful, but tough and had a lot of hills. My friend walked, I ran (THE WHOLE THING!) and she beat me by a minute and a half.
I don’t know what it is about running races, but I am trying my hardest to get over the mental roadblock that I put up. This race was a little under four miles. I run that distance about twice a week, but I run it at home, alone, and in the dark. This definitely felt a lot harder with crowds of people, time limits, and expectations. I always feel like I am doing a great job and then the hoards of people start passing me. And then the people who are miles ahead of me pass me on their way back to the finish line and I start to get defeated.
I know I am improving. I know that running for four miles at any pace is an awesome accomplishment. I also know that just 6 months ago I could barely run at all and it took me over an hour to finish a 5K. But sometimes I forget that there is another part to the package. I keep telling myself that I’m not a “real” runner so I don’t have to take myself seriously. I keep telling myself that because I’m a real runner, I don’t have to do all that “extra” stuff. I keep telling myself that because I’m not a real runner, I don’t have to push myself to improve. And this is simply not true. I am never going to be one of those runners that runs a 6 minute mile. Hell, at this point I’m hoping for a 12 minute mile. But I can get there if I try. I can get there if I stop making excuses.
I know that in order to get better I have to run more. I know that in order to get better I have to make myself know that this is important.
I know that in order to get better I just have to keep going.