Yesterday morning I had my first 8k race to run.  I had set a goal to finish in under 45 minutes.  Though I’ve run up to 6.2 miles in the last month, I didn’t think I would be able to finish the race.  I had only run that distance a handful of times, and I had taken the week off from running due to shin splints.  I woke up feeling sluggish and unmotivated.  When I arrived to the race it was raining and cooler than the temperature for which I had dressed.  As I was standing on the starting line, butterflies in my stomach, I started thinking motivational thoughts.  If nothing else, even if I didn’t get the time I was shooting for, I would run just under 5 miles before 10AM on a Saturday.  I pictured myself sprinting across the finish line, proud of my accomplishment – it was my first race over 5k after all.  Once the race started, I was running at a slightly quicker pace than I usually run, figuring I would slow down as the race progressed.  At mile two I noticed there was a relatively fit gentleman still paced with me – I decided he was my target.  Each time he tried to pass me I would pick up my speed and maintain that extra speed.  By mile 4 my lungs were ready to burst.  Through the last mile I was ready for it to be over, but I pushed to keep up with my target.  I kept thinking to myself “unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.”  In the last third mile my target pulled ahead, but I pushed hard to keep close.  I could see the finish line about .2 miles out and I pushed myself to run, not jog, that last stretch.  When I was within sprinting distance I gave it my all.  I crossed the finish line in 42:30, giving me an 8:40 pace, my fastest on record to date, including any 5ks I have done.  I ran an 8k with a quicker pace than a 5k.  It’s amazing how positive thoughts lead to positive results.  Push yourself this week and accomplish something you never thought you could!

2 thoughts on “Perseverance

  1. Good job – 5 miles. Good time, too. Keep it up. Maybe you can find a race for us to run in June when I come down.

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