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I’m not a particularly social person. I think this comes from my former occupation as a television Meteorologist. When you work in the public eye, you don’t have much of a private life. You can’t go to the supermarket in sweats and a ponytail and expect NOT to be recognized. And for the sake of your job and the station, you MUST smile and make conversation even if it is just “Thanks so much for stopping to say ‘hello’. But, I’m in a tremendous rush…”
And, I know, that for as many runners out there who run with a group, there are that many more who run alone.
And I get that.
But once, just ONCE, you need to experience a race.
Why? Because. There are few places, if any, in the world, where you are going to find MORE people who are doing what you enjoy doing. You’ll be surprised at the ages, the fitness levels, the SNEAKERS that you see there.
You’ll find people running their first race, people running their 100th. You’ll find people running for passed loved ones, ladies running pregnant, kids running with their parents, and parent running with THEIR parents.
Just ask one of them a question, any question, and you’ll immediately be drawn into a conversation that might be more revealing than you with…but heck, you just allowed them to get a load off! Or maybe you’ll surprise yourself and do the same.
Go to your first run with no expectations, no speed goals, no anything…except to participate and finish. Congratulate others, pat them on the back. Help someone with a race bib or hand them a bottle of water.
But GO! Don’t second guess it, don’t dwell on it, don’t come up with excuses. Even if heaven forbid you get sick or end up injured, GO! Get involved! Cheer the runners on! I can’t stress this enough. Sure, a few of you might hate it. But I’m sure most of you will walk away inspired!
And inspired is where you want to be at the start of this journey. Pretty soon, YOU will be the one inspiring!
Do you remember your first run? If you haven’t run a race yet, when is your first one scheduled?
Disclaimer: These training tips are based on my opinion and what has worked for me. I am not a doctor, or a trainer, or a professional athlete. This blog purely represents observations I have made in my 4 years as a runner. Always consult a medical professional before beginning a running or workout program. I am not liable, either expressly or in an implied manner, nor claim any responsibility for any emotional or physical problems that may occur directly or indirectly from reading this blog.