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:

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,
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    That's really great! You made a promise to yourself and you did it!
    1966 days ago
    finishing can never be failure! and the midmar is fantastic...
    1983 days ago
    You are doing this for yourself and no one else - so just go out there and do your best and enjoy yourself!!
    1985 days ago
    You are a winner despite the placement. You finished the race and met your goal!
    1987 days ago
    Trisha i have to tell you that was my fear but i was walking my half marathon my ultimate goal was just to finish it. i didn't care about coming in last so long as i finshed i had one gal who was infront of us she was so busy worrying about that same thing that she ended up rolling her ankle and had to stop at the aid station she told me later that when she left aid station she knew we had passed her up at that point now it was just finishing. I was 3rd to last but i waited for her and cheered her and her mom she was in tears when she crossed that finish line and i congratulated her i was happy she finshed because i knew she was hurt. I learned it didn't matter as long as i finished so you just keep doing and you will be great inside. Completing something hard is the best feeling you can ever have!! Keep training and i bet you will do fine. I am now training to do a 5k walk/jog. I always do a child abuse 5 which i walk this year i want to jog it. :) shortly afterwards i'll be doing my next half and hope to shave time off my last... You can and will do it!! emoticon
    1988 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2012 1:17:38 AM
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