I’ve been running on and off for over three years now, and I finally got organised enough to enter my first race last weekend - a five kilometer race around the park - and I feel great for finally making it happen!
The distance is pretty much what I run when I manage to get out and hit the road, but the real achievement was to stand alongside fellow runners and say ‘I can do this.’ I had no idea how long it would take me to run the route, and I underestimated my finish time by about five minutes. I crossed the finish line just after the average time for the race – should have fired up the Van Halen soundtrack a little earlier…
But that’s the point of standing up and showing the world what you’ve got – on Friday, I had no idea how good a runner I was. Now I do, with a benchmark time that shows I can run competitively, and a goal to beat.
And a medal. Don’t forget the medal.