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Monday, October 29, 2012

Fear of racing

I have been running for a couple years and still hesitate to call myself a runner.  I'm not a great runner, I just go out and pound the pavement or hit the treadmill 4 or 5 days a week in order to stay somewhat sane fit.  My typical run is anywhere between 3 and 5 miles in length at about a 9:30 mile pace.  Sometimes my run is longer, sometimes it's shorter, depending on how much time I have.  I have logged many miles in the past two and a half years, but one thing I have never done is a race.

There is something about the thought of running a race that terrifies me.  Something in my head tells me maybe I can't do it.  I know I am capable of doing the miles for a 5K, but for some reason it's stuck in my head that only runners compete in races, and I'm not completely sure I'm a runner.  

That's all about to change... I am signed up to run my first ever 5K on December 1st.  I am doing the Jingle Bell Run with some teacher friends from school.  I'm nervous, but excited at the same time.  Maybe this is just he push I need to consider myself a runner.  I have high hopes of completing the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in May and the Fort For Fitness Half Marathon here next September.  First, I must get through my first 5K.  

I can do this, right?  I think I can!!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you have never run a race! They are SO MUCH FUN!!!!! I was scared my first time, but it's soooo addicting!! i wish I could come and run with you!!