Thursday, November 08, 2012
This past weekend was the 5k I had been working towards for a few months. Due to the injuries and my babying of my leg, I opted to make this 5k just something fun to do rather than try to PR it. I succeeded in having a wonderful time. I got to run along side my daughter (most of the time) and about 1000 other people. I ran, then I walked, then ran, then walked. It wasn't what I was hoping for when I decided to sign up for it, but it still put a massive smile on my face.
The race was held at the shore of the San Diego Bay. The sun was shining along with a cool wind, beautiful palm trees and just a beautiful area to boot. As I stood among the other runners, I found it so exhilirating to be around so many people that were as like-minded as I was at the moment. Everyone looking in one direction and running to the same place. I've read that many runners will end up running faster than normal due to the flow of the other runners alongside them, which makes a lot of sense of course.
This made me think of just how important it is in life to surround yourself with like-minded people. These are the people who help build you up and that is something we all need in life. It took me many, many years to finally understand that not all people are good for you and that it is okay to recognize this and want better for yourself. Everyone has their own path in life, and sometimes the other's paths just aren't for you.
The difference in running a 5k by myself and running with the energy of the like-minded people at that time obviously is tremendous. You simply can't ignore the adrenaline flowing through 1000 people all working towards the same goal....getting to the finish line. We can't be surrounded by 1000 people all doing the same thing very often, but the gyst of it is it would really have only taken my daughter's enthusiasm, like-mindedness and energy to help me work harder that day. For me, this is something I want more of in my life. I want to surround myself with people who understand and support my goals, not people who want to trash them and tear them apart because they either don't understand them or, for whatever their reasons, don't want me to obtain them. Been there, done that! Now having a taste of what I feel is something I truly want for my life, I can never accept anything less ever again. Now it's just a matter of putting the right circumstances into my life to bring about the right people that can help my life grow beyond where I ever thought it would.
My daughter and I decided this will be a monthly goal for us. We'll continue with the 5k's until we are satisfied with a good PR, and then move on up to the 10k's, then the halfs, then the biggie...the marathons. We are each other's cheerleaders on the roads and I love that I can share that with her. My London love is my cheerleader in my heart and soul right now, until I can get him out there with me ;) He's already been warned.