Yesterday my friend Stacey sent me a text to see if I wanted her to grab my race packet for the Labor Day 5k. I had completely forgot about it, not to mention I can’t even remember the last time I ran. I did some with my daughter to help her prepare for her first 5k, but it wasn’t much because she isn’t a runner and struggled to do the walking and running. (but she really did well when it came time for the race) So without hesitation, I was like, YES! I’m going! Then I sat there and thought…what am I doing? I’m going to be SO SLOW, it’s gonna put me in a bad mood and ruin my weekend.
Well, last night I spent some time praying and eventually told myself, “Elyse, you set this goal to do this race and even if you forgot and don’t feel ready, just do it anyway! Who cares how long it takes you.” I do go to TRX strength training 3-4 times a week, so it’s not like I’m not exercising, I just haven’t been running.
Getting ready this morning I just kept thinking, you are just gonna run the best you can. It’s only a 5k…you’ve got this! I drank my NingXia Red, put on some Young Living peppermint essential oil and headed out the door.
When I got in line for the race I was the calmest I have ever been before the start of a race. I felt peace in knowing that finishing this race was my goal, not getting a certain time.
During the race I pushed myself, I found some people shortly before mile 1 that I was keeping pretty good pace with so I challenged myself to stay with them. Another goal set right in the middle of the race…and I did it! I pushed hard to stay close to them, and you know what? I was within seconds of my fastest time ever for a 5k. My timing chip didn’t catch my start time, so it was just the clock time when I looked up my race time, but that’s ok. I know I started about 30 seconds in, so I am so happy with myself!
I set goals for myself, and I crushed them! I have worked so hard this past year to achieve goals in my life, and today was no different. I am about to start some new goals in my life, and following through with this race is giving me the push I need to keep going!
Do you have goals that you are going after? What helps motivate you?