I ran my first 5k race yesterday. Very slowly, with a few walking breaks in the middle. But I did it. The last time I even came close to running 3.1 miles was when I was in 8th grade. I’ve been training for about 5 weeks now and the program I’m following is designed to get you running a 5k in 8 weeks so all-in-all it was a really successful day. The morning was beautiful, chilly and very fall-like. I got to run with a group of friends and we laughed and encouraged each other along the way. What more could you ask for?
Since it was only a 5k, I didn’t have any amazing breakthroughs about the meaning of life during the time I was out on the course , but it did remind me of a few things I already knew to be true about life and running.
10 Things I Remembered While Running
1. The journey is always better with friends, especially when they can make you laugh. That alone can make the difference between getting to the finish line or giving up along the way.
2. If you wait to be inspired before you take the next step, you’ll ht the snooze button instead. You just have to make up your mind to do something, inspiration or no.
3. Making that commitment to show up out loud, to someone else, gets you out of your nice warm bed into the chilly, dark air.
4. There are a lot more people out there cheering you on than you realize.
5. Just because it takes a long time to warm up doesn’t mean you won’t hit your stride eventually.
6. The amount of time it takes you isn’t nearly as important as crossing the finish line anyway.
7. There can be lots of people ahead of you most of the time. It doesn’t make your journey any less significant or valuable.
8. Preparation is important but at some point you just have to hit the course and see what happens.
9. Hills often seem less steep from afar. And you tackle them the same way as the rest of the journey- one step at a time.
10. When you cross the finish line, it’s important to reward yourself with something sweet.
Have a great week folks!
Regina Verow is a life coach and workshop presenter who believes we can change the world one tiny creative step at a time. For questions about coaching or to receive a free, no obligation coaching session, email her at Regina@ReginaVerow.com.