Coming in last
Monday, December 10, 2012
Hello my Sparkies,
Thanks for the comments on yesterday's blog they did make me feel better.
I am planning on running more than walking the 5k but I am not yet going to be at the point where I can run the entire race.
Today's SparkPeople feature is about finding your reason to race: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
It mentions the fear of coming in last and I can honestly say that I conquered that fear quite accidentally on my 18th birthday. In South Africa there is an open water swim called the MidMar Mile, it takes place around the second weekend in February, which is also the weekend around my birthday.
I entered it around my 17th birthday but I bailed before the half way point, but when I bailed I said that I would be back the next year and I would complete the race. The only person who I was racing the next year was me and the following year I entered into the race and I completed the mile in just over an hour.
At the end of the race with some of the male contestants getting hot on my tail when I was handed my medal and I realized I was the last finisher part of me felt a little bit of shame, and this I am convinced was pure cultural conditioning, but the bigger part of me was proud. I had done what I set out to do.
Love and coming in last,