Oh my gosh, I have a real race number!! 231. Sounds lucky, don't you think?I must confess that I am pretty nervous about this challenge. I'm proud of myself for how far I have come with my running, but there is a doubt lingering if I'm ready for this. I never in a million years would have believed that I would actually be entering a race. I am sitting here with goosebumps as I write this post!
I've never even been a spectator at a race so I'm a bit naive about what to expect tomorrow. I did find an article on what to expect from your first 5K, which was extremely helpful. The race that I'm running is a fundraiser for a local autism program. In the article, it mentioned that choosing one of these type races for your first was a good choice because people are there to have fun and show support for the charity/program rather than just to race. Pshew, glad I did that part right. I was also worried about what to eat for breakfast, but thanks to the article I now know to eat something light and make sure to drink lots of fluids. Guess it is toast and a grapefruit for breakfast tomorrow!
I know that I can do this. I've trained. I've ran 5K's on my own. I'm ready! I think my biggest obstacle is going to be staying in control of my competitive nature. What can I say? I like to win. However, for this race I keep trying to remind myself that winning this race is really to just be finishing not to be placing anywhere near the front. I know I run slow. I trained to first run the distance and only recently began focusing on my pace. I don't want to get frustrated as people pass me or tear myself down because I'm in the back. I want to run proud that I'm accomplishing something that I truly thought I could never do.
Tomorrow I will be a winner.
Any hints or tips from fellow runners? Of course all support and encouragement will be greatly appreciated!!