The Race - The Fear - The Body Electric
Friday, October 14, 2011
"Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the
exit of the rest,
You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul."
- from I Sing The Body Electric, Walt Whitman
Tomorrow is my first ever official 5K race
There is a core fear part of me that doesn't want to go - that doesn't want to run in front of people - a part of me that feels kind of silly to even try this - that part of me wants to stay home tomorrow
There is another part - the wimpy girl - who says 49 degrees at race start is too cold (she ignores things like the fact this is a Fall Frolic - and the fact that the body tends to warm after exercise) - she is also the one that stresses over the fact that I am battling a cold, but I did the "neck check" and I passed, so no worries there
And of course (of course!) - my beautiful body electric has decided to become this perfectly timed machine - why?!? - after so many years of betraying me and letting me down - and even after giving me hope last month by extending the length of the last visit
Racer ladies, how do you handle this - especially if you have very heavy cycles?