As I began my race, it was a beautiful chilly morning. My goals from my first race until now has been to finish the race, however as I began this race, I wanted to do better. Over the last few years of running, I've pushed myself to better my time. I eventually got to a place where I couldn't breath which has slowed my time down over ten minutes or more, but I finish. I have grown content with finishing, while watching others getting faster. After a few races I realized I was comparing myself to other runners, faster runners. Once I realized this, I was ashamed of myself. We all are unique and there is no comparison between us.
Every race I run, I do my very best. I start strong, then I slow down, get in a rhythm, my pace and put one foot in front of the other. One of the police escorts told me I was "picking 'em up and putting 'em down". I allow myself to run down hills and pace myself up hills. I sometimes have to encourage myself to keep going. The closer I get to the finish, the more I have to tell myself, I can do it. The struggle is real, it hasn't gotten easier over time, but I know I can do it. During the entire race I encourage myself and others. Yes I struggle and at times I've wanted to give up, but in those times, I dig deep and encourage myself to continue on my journey. There is no giving up, there is only the Finish.
I could make excuses why I shouldn't be there. Why I shouldn't race. Why I should rest. The list would be a long one: broken arm, bad knee, bad feet and that is just the beginning. The last race I ran, I had a steroid injection in my wrist the morning before the race. I was in a lot of pain but the morning of the race, I woke up feeling good. I decided to go and I'm glad I did. Honestly, I've never ran a race that after it was over, I said I'm sad I did that. I'm always glad I did. When I was a trainer on a regular basis, I never allowed my clients to use excuses, so why do I allow myself to make excuses. I don't! I hold myself accountable. I push myself . . . No Excuses.
Not allowing myself to make an excuse paid off. I not only finished the race but I finished first in my age group. It wasn't my best time but it was good enough to win the race and was better than my last time. During races is when I am the most positive and encouraging. My goal is to take that mind-set into more areas of my life. Not only believe in myself but in others. Showing support for everyone. You can do it and those around you can too.