Pre-Show Jitters

Today’s the day.

I’m running my first 5K ever.

I’m nervous, scared, and excited all at once.

To seasoned runners, a 5K might seem like nothing. 3.10 miles? Too easy!For me, though? I’m not seasoned runner. I’m slow. My stride isn’t very long. I run because it makes me feel good, not because I want to be the winner of the race. I’m nervous I’ll forget that during the race, that I’ll want to win and that my competitive nature will only make my anxiety about this race go up.

I don’t need to be the winner to prove to myself that I can do this, though.

Attitude is everything and this morning, I’m telling myself thatΒ I can do this.

Yesterday, I was frantically looking up last minute tips about how to prepare for a 5K (so on top of my game, right?).

I found this lovely piece of advice from this article that reminded me why I want to do this in the first place.

I’ll just leave it here for everyone to appreciate:

Celebrate every finish.Β You only get to run your first 5K once a lifetime. Take it all in, run for the finish rather than the watch, and celebrate your accomplishment. You’ve earned it?

Yes, yes I have. Cheers to today and my running first 5k ever.

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28 Replies to “Pre-Show Jitters”

    1. Thanks so much, Lia! It was actually way easier than I anticipated…the worst part was waiting for my turn, since the 5k was part of a triathlon that I did with my friends and the running part was the last of the three activities.

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      1. Oh I’m glad it was an easier time than you thought ! Yes I can imagine the anticipation to begin after waiting!
        I’ve never run in any organized race but I like to cheer runners on from the sidelines:)
        Happy Sunday !

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      1. I’ve been running for about a half an hour to forty-five mintues three times a week for the past month or so. I also do yoga daily, which has helped me grow stronger in general–I’m sure that helped too. I didn’t think I could survive either, but look at me now…alive and telling the tale πŸ™‚

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      2. I do yoga every day because it just makes me feel so much better in general–in mind and body. I just started doing daily yoga in February, and I feel better overall since then.
        I think with the proper training and right mindset, anyone can run a 5k. It only took me 31 minutes to complete and I’m pretty slow as a runner. Glad to help with the tips! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Amelia! It went super well! It was way easier than anticipated so I guess the training I did leading up to it paid off. The worst part was actually waiting for my turn and having my anxiety build up, since I did the Tinman Triathlon with two of my friends and the running part was the last of the three activities.

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    1. Thanks Katy! It was way easier than I expected and it actually went by really quick. It was a part of a triathlon that I did with two of my friends and the worst part was actually waiting to go, since running was the last of the three activities. Waiting made me super anxious, but when I got there and go into the swing of things, it was actually a breeze. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Chelle! It actually was way easier than I anticipated and it went really well. The 5k was actually a part of a triathlon that I did with my friends and the worst part was waiting for my turns, since running was the last activity!

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