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!!