Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Here - My First Race Post/During Injury

Well. ready or not, the race is Sunday - the Capital 10 Miler. My longest run/walk has been 8 miles. I think hope I finish. I should unless something unforeseen happens. But I could feel my old habits creeping up on me. I looked up last year's time. My first thought was.. hmm.... I wonder if I could beat that?

I immediately told myself to stop. That is not what I want this year!!! Don't get me wrong, I plan to try to go for some PRs this year. I love to see progress, and I hope to see some this year. And I plan to 'race' some races. But I plan to enjoy this year of running and not get caught up in comparisons (to myself) or others. I don't want to get so fixated on race times that I lose the joy of running.

I am still injured. I am better, and I am getting stronger. I know now that I'm working with a trainer (When It's Time For Professional Help) that I will continue to improve. But I also know that if I allow myself especially at this point to get fixated on time - distance - past performance - that I will only get discouraged or worse - re-injured.

In fact, I almost bailed on this race because I know that my time will be no where near last year. How silly is that! I almost let comparison steal my joy!



So as I approach my first race of the season, I am approaching it in a different way than I have in the past.
I'm looking forward to the experience of running a race - simply to run.


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