Today was our second race and our first 5K. Thankfully, it was not as hot and humid as the last few days. The first race was so much fun, I was a little nervous that this one would be a disappointment. Luckily, I was wrong.
I hadn’t run outside since the last race and we didn’t know the course. We left the house a little early so we could drive the course and get a feel for it. Once we were registered and had our numbers, I began to feel less nervous. We saw some familiar faces and the nerves were mostly gone.
A few people ran with me for short distances. I am still slow and need to walk from time to time. They went along when I needed to walk and regroup. While I wanted to keep up, it was nice to see different faces. It definitely helped the race go by faster.
Running continues to teach me how to worry about myself and not compete with others. I am extremely competitive and have shied away from running as a result. I (like many people) don’t like doing things I’m not good at. This is magnified by the fact people assume I’m faster than I am. Along my journey, I have become strangely comfortable in my ability (or lack thereof).
I can’t say enough about the support of my husband, kids, parents and friends. I have also found support among runners here and on twitter and Facebook. Support doesn’t always come from the people you expect but it is amazing to find. The Internet allows us to cheer each other on over long distances and nearby.
This adventure began as a way to get out of my comfort zone and I have become comfortably uncomfortable!