I actually became aware of this thread because someone on the "ultralist" noticed it. This list is composed of runners that do what most folks consider "insane". 50 Km, 50 mile. 100 mile, and up kind of races. The poster linked to it to remind "us nutcases" that fear of the unknown haunts us all. We all faced that fear in our first race. And everytime we try something new or bigger, that same fear comes back. Can I do this? Will I DNF? Will others notice? The answer to those questions is Yes, Maybe, and No. But it does not change the fear.
Not to go in some religious direction, but I will never forget this one tough 50K I was running. Nothing was going right and I was miserable. Just wanted to quit. When I get that way, all I can do is look down at my feet and slog along. At one point, I looked up at the person in front of me and noticed something written on the back of his shirt. It said "I can do all things through Christ who strenghens me". As it happens, I am a Christian. I have heard that quote all of my life. And for something like a silly race, it seems a bit of a miserable application. All I could think at that moment was "Rats!, this is nothing compared to the real world." So I got myself straightened out and finished the race. I have never forgotten that.
Good job. Atta boys and slaps on the back are great... but that race is over. Done. Now go and find another challenge. Its never about the finish line, but its always about the journey.
RobinJ - I thought of you and I looked for you yesterday! Glad you were in that crowd of people. Did you dress in green? Congrats on your accomplishment, it's great. The size of the group surprised me. And I was too far back in the group when we started, slightly behind where they were bouncing the balloons behind the arch. It was almost two minutes from the gun until I crossed the start line, then bobbing and weaving around others. Finished in 24:55, within 3 seconds of my PR. Had a lot of fun, inspite of the cold and dampness.
Again, congradulations on your accomplishment.
Please make sure that you do it. I have run several 5k's now and love the excitement on the day of the run (in addition to the time leading up to it and the great feeling of accomplishment after ). Just commit to trying one run and I bet you will be back for another. Don't worry about your time. I still couldn't tell you mine however I do find that the adrenaline on that day helps me run faster. Good Luck.
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