Tonight I will be participating in the M.A.D. 5 Miler in Milton and I am super siked! Race day for me means waking up groggy but excited, having butterflies in my stomach all day in anticipation, wondering what I should have for lunch, envisioning myself running strong and fast and imagining everyone cheering me on as I make it over the finish line.
Tonight will be the 3rd fitness event I’ve participated in and I’m really looking forward to it. When I finished my first triathlon in September I felt like a superhero. Seriously I was on top of the world and that feeling stayed with me for weeks. It gave me a deep inner confidence that I was so much stronger and more capable then I ever imagined.
Then when I finished the Tufts 10K in October I felt proud. I wasn’t as elated as I was after the triathlon but it was also 20 degrees hotter and honestly the race had taken a lot out of me (the pic on the right was taken after I finished). But I was proud. Proud that I stuck with it, that I didn’t give up and that I started strong and finished stronger.
I’ve come to realize that I need an event, a race, a goal to train towards. Even though I love working out I am so much more focused, determined and excited when I have a goal in mind.
So today is race day and I’m pumped. And I’m hoping that the last few weeks of training and planning will pay off and I’ll feel good throughout the 5 mile course. I’ve had a few 5 mile runs so far and my best was 48:30.
My goal for tonight: 47:30.
It might be a bit of a stretch but during my best run I didn’t push myself as nearly as hard as I could have. I didn’t go all out because I was in training mode. But tonight is race night and tonight I’m going to give it my all.
Tonight I am going to see just how fast and strong I can run
Tonight I am going to show myself (again) how capable I truly am
Tonight I am going to appreciate my body and all it can do
Tonight I am going to be proud regardless of my final time
Tonight I am going to run 5 miles and it’s going to be great
Tonight will be a glorious challenge where I continue to prove to myself that I am truly awesome. Regardless of time, speed and distance tonight will be momentous.
“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head,
the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.”
– Mike Fanelli