#100bravethings #21 Resolution 5 Km Run
I did it. I ran a 5km just before the decade ended. I know it’s not that impressive but running a 5km has been on my goals list for an embarrassing length of time. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve wanted to do this for TEN YEARS!
Why did it take me so long to commit?
Easy. Ego. Period. I am not fast by any means. My husband teases me and says it’s not even running but I say screw that. I’m slow but I’m out there and I’m doing it. For years I never entered a single race because I was afraid to finish last. I was worried about looking lame or stupid. I was worried about what others would think of me for being out of shape and running so slow. Finally, I decided none of that mattered because it doesn’t. What matters is starting and finishing. What really matters is what I think and I have to say, I’m super proud of myself for finally #embracingmybrave and being willing to finish last!
Gone are the Days of Black Out Drinking
Along with some of my awesome girlfriends we made our way uptown despite the terrible weather to complete the resolution run with the Running Room here is Saint John at 5:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. My idea of fun NYE plans certainly has changed over the years. Gone are the days of sparkly outfits, black out drinking and hailing cabs at 3 or 4 am. I was ecstatic to be ending the hardest decade of my life by running, literally into the New Year.
Lose your Excuses
I’m 100 lbs overweight, have hardware in my ankle from a bad break in December 2014 + plantar fasciitis and I ran a 5km in winter through the freezing rain and I survived! When you drop your ego at the door and stop worrying about what anyone else will think, you can do the things you’ve always wanted to do. This run was just the start; it’s what I needed to light the fire within. I’m already looking for the next one, planning a triathlon before my 40th and can’t wait to continue to challenge myself physically and mentally. For now I need to go have soak in the bath because my muscles weren’t on the same page as me and two days later I’m still hurting all over!
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