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My independence from fear-belated DIY Challenge update.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

This weekend, I declared my independence from fear. Fear of new experiences, fear of the hot weather, fear of running with other hard core runners.

I did that by running the Hilton Head Island Firecracker 5000 5K race.

Back in February I decided I was going to run 1 race a month for the rest of the year. I mapped out my runs and saw slim pickings during the summer months. The only July race was the Firecracker so I said I would run it. Then, in May, it started to get hot. Plus, I saw that race didnít allow strollers which meant I would have to ask my husband to not run or I would need to pay a babysitter through the nose to watch Max at 6AM on the Fourth of July. I didnít like either idea so I used the weather as an excuse. However, forgetting about it, I still left the race up on my SP message board signature and never told the Galloway team I wasnít running.

Next thing I know, itís July 1 and Iím getting comments on my page wishing me luck on my race. I re-thought about running but I let fear get in the way. I didnít to impose on Brett on his rare day off. I didnít want to deal with the hot weather. I didnít want to drive up to Hilton Head (an hour away) on a holiday morning. I didnít want to stand alone at the start and be alone when I finished as. I didnít want to do any of those things, because I was afraid of them. Still, the well wishes showing up on my Spark Page.

On Sunday, the day before the race, I went for a walk. I ran 7.5 the day before with the half marathon team but was still feeling good. I wanted to run but I knew I needed a rest between runs. So instead, I started mapping out a plan to get up early on Monday (the 4th) and run. The more I thought about it the more I realized I could probably swing the race. I was going to get up early anyway. I realized it was silly to worry about imposing on Brett. Heís my husband, itís not like he was going yell at me for asking. In fact, he would probably be super supportive. If there was late registration available, I was in.

I got home and went on-line. Late registration was available, so I signed up.

And I ran.

And I knocked 57 seconds off my PR.

Fear-schmear.

I got this.

(Race report to come)
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MIRACLELOVE77 7/9/2011 7:38PM

    that's AWESOME. Way to prove to yourself that excuses are just that and that you are bigger and stronger than little gnawing voices in your head. You proved to yourself that it's all in your mind and that you are even MORE AWESOME that you thought!!! CONGRATS on beating your PR by nearly a minute, that's incredible! :)

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SUZWARNR 7/7/2011 8:16PM

    You are awesome girl! Congrats on the new PR! I know what you mean about going to a race alone. I did that too last month. It just shows how strong you are. You can do anything and your hard work has certainly paid off. Looking forward to reading your race report.

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JUDIL62 7/6/2011 1:52PM

    Awesome!

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MOMASAURUS 7/6/2011 12:40PM

    emoticon
Awesome!!!!!

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JESSIKA_56 7/6/2011 9:56AM

    Woohoo, great job! Glad to hear the team motivated you! What a great encouragement.

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TINA_LYNN91 7/5/2011 10:53PM

    Good luck!!!!

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HJFOGARTY 7/5/2011 9:26PM

    way to go! that really is awesome! thanks for sharing and you really are a great inspiration!

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SRHALLIN 7/5/2011 9:19PM

    This is such an excellent testament to the power of positive thinking. Admittedly, it was SParkers, but, you were open to it, and you allowed it to motivate you; which is what SP is all about.

Congratulations on improving on your run time, completing the race, and learning just how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. You should be very proud of yourself.

Best wishes on your journey to good health and personal happiness.

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