Wednesday, July 2, 2014

this race i agreed to run is very intimidating, guys.

My neighborhood is so pretty to run in.

A little while ago I told you what I'm really thinking about while running. And I told you I'm working towards running my first 5k on August 2nd in Greenville except I can't find that post at the moment.

And it's July 2nd. And my nerves are officially majorly setting in. Last night, I dreamed I was running the race, passed out from heat exhaustion, and got trampled by six runners before anyone stopped to help me. And then somehow the dreamed turned into being chased by zombies from The Walking Dead, which I don't even watch because I'm so afraid of anything zombie or supernatural whatsoever. 

So because of the fear, this morning, getting up to run was incredibly hard. I had this voice in my head repeating, "You're not athletic, you've never done anything like this before, and you're not going to be able to make it." So running was the last thing I wanted to do. But I did it. I ran today, despite not having been diligent in training, despite nightmares, and despite the fact that my bed feels like a friggin' cloud and I never want to leave it.

Moral of the story: I'm freaked about this 5k. I know it's a short distance, and people do 10k's and half marathons and marathons all the time which are way harder to prepare for, so I probably sound whiney. But like I said, I'm not athletic, I've never done anything like this, and I'm great at negative self talk.

If anyone has any tips, tricks, advice, encouragement, etc to help keep motivated and move past the pre-race nerves, this newbie runner would love to hear it. What helps you?
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  1. I wish I had the motivation to run and all. Good luck with all that.

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  2. "my bed feels like a friggin cloud" bahahah! i know what you mean! i was so nervous leading up to our first 5k but i think being behind in our training actually helped my perspective lol if that makes any sense! because i knew i hadn't trained well enough to run the whole thing so the pressure was off. i was able to just pace myself and have fun! and i know it's only 3 miles, but for someone who has never run before, 3 miles is SO long! but you know what? there are a lot of people who walk 5ks too! and once you get out there with everyone you'll just get that adrenaline rush and be so excited!

    my advice? don't worry about other people & don't compare yourself to them. everyone has their own running story - you just started running so you can't expect to be at the same place probably 80% of the people out there are at. most of those people have been running for YEARS and that is great for them - but you aren't in that same place - so just do your best & have fun!!! and drink lots of water cause August don't play in Carolina! lol

    1. You've been SO fantastic in motivating/supporting me!! You rock, sweet friend! August in Carolina is my biggest concern for this I think. It's so hot here!! I'm super competitive so I'm having a hard time not wanting to kick butt, but I know I'll be so proud of myself if I actually just finish this race instead of dropping out of it because I was afraid I wouldn't do well.

  3. I've run a bunch of 5ks, and my husband just did his first one with me. I am not athletic either, so my advice is don't be afraid to be last. There have been several occasions where the announcer was waiting on me to finish, just so they could start the awards. In the end, it's either about supporting the cause that you're running for or just challenging yourself!

    1. I'm so competitive I am completely afraid of being last! Which is lame because I'm not a runner so there's no way I'll be first. But I'm going to run anyway and do my best!!


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