Today was Swampers 5k, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Adam and had to get up at 5:45 because the race was about an hour away. I was so anxious for the race last night and this morning. I don't even know why, there are so many running fears that I feel I have conquered. I don't get embarrassed running in public, I don't care if I finish last, and I know I can FINISH. When I first started this journey two years ago, my big fear is I would not be able to finish.
The last few work-outs I've had, I have consistently ran a half mile or more, that is without much of a warm up. I did nothing different this morning than I do when I work-out at home but after running a minute, I was hurting too much to go on. However, I have not been hard on myself about this, I am still hopeful. This is what I have to work on to complete my goal:
1. Getting past my race anxiety, I think it is giving me a serious mental block! It really is all about my mindset. I put so much pressure on myself, it is self-sabotage.
2. I need to get a really good warm-up routine, so I'm ready when the race starts.
3. I start off running too fast during these events and burn out super quick.
I went and signed up for another 5k in two weeks from today, so I can try again. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
I finished the 5k in an hour (almost exactly), and third to last! I still felt accomplished because I remember when I couldn't even walk 1 mile, much less three. I just gotta keep going, going, going until I get there.