Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Read the Fine Print

So I went running yesterday in preparation for a 5K I signed up to do this weekend. I ran about 2 1/2 miles and was thinking to myself that I was going to get through this run so much easier than my last one that I did not train for at all.

Then I actually read the entry form.

And realized it was a 5 mile run, not a 5K.

For most of you, this would not be a big deal. But for me, every single yard is difficult. Adding 1.9 miles to the plan is devastating in my mind. I briefly considered dropping down to the 2 mile run, but that would not be a challenge. I am going to do the 5 miles and recognize that while it is going to be painful and I am not really prepared for it, it is going to put me a lot closer to that 10K goal I have. Which then in turn will get me closer to that half marathon. Even though my mind is screaming at me that I can't do this, I know in my heart that I am tough and can get through this although it may be slower than I wanted. So, instead of approaching this with dread, I am going to be excited because this will be the furthest I have ever run!

3 comments:

Leah said...

That is a great attitude! You will be fine. Just pace yourself well.

margo said...

you are going to do great! just take it one step at a time (literally) and you will be shocked when you're at mile 3.5 and you're like "whoa - i've only got a mile a half to go? i can TOTALLY own this thing."

BettyBetty said...

I was thinking the same thing. Just plan on doing 3. If you get to 3 and you feel like u can do 4 then do the extra mile. When you get to 4 -- just run telephone pole to telephone pole (or mailbox)...and go for it. If you only get to 3 who cares at least you got out there.