I ran a 5k over the weekend; as a warm-up for my race this weekend. It was just a fun run, but I was so glad that I decided to do this race because it reminded me of a few very important things:
- First, I am only ever racing against myself. It doesn’t matter where I place, it only matters whether or not I meet my own goals.
- Second, many people start WAY too fast. As I was quieting the voices in my head (you’re going to finish in last place, etc.) I remembered that I would likely be passing some of them down the road, when they had to start walking. And that is exactly what happened.
- Third, what you do the night before your race matters. I will not be staying up until midnight and scrambling around in the morning on Sunday. I will be getting a good night’s sleep, have all of my “stuff” ready for the morning and enjoy my cup of coffee before heading down to the park.
There is a reason people have dress rehearsal.
As a side note, I was wholeheartedly impressed by the number of kids who were running this weekend. I wish I would have learned how to enjoy running (or any other regular exercise) as a child. My god-daughter watched my race this weekend and she wants to start practicing with me so we can run together next year!