I have now officially completed 27 years on this earth, and my 28th year is off to a great start (no really, amazing start. Cake, surprises, great workouts, decorated office, and lots of time with family and friends). I have experienced wonderful and amazing things on my journey thus far. I have challenged myself, broadening the arms of my comfort zone.
…But I have a secret: I’m selectively a scaredy pants. I willingly jumped into a cage in Shark Alley to dive with Great White Sharks, but I’m intimidated by lifting weights with an unfamiliar partner. I am always 5K ready, but scared to re-tackle a 1/2 marathon again because I was sidelined by injury for so long. I have let fear of failure guide my future.
So this is my declaration: My 28th year is going to be the year of 28 things…that scare me. Thing one was accomplished this Saturday, my 1st 10K. I have done countless 5Ks, 1 half marathon, but never raced a 10K. I’ve been running a lot this summer, and figured I’d start racing bigger distances than I have.
At the time of registration, MN was in the middle of a cool spell, and I didn’t think weather would be an issue. WRONG! The past two weeks, MN has been in a sweltering heat wave: 100-110 degree heat index, high humidity with the high temps to match. I did a lot of training on the treadmill because my free time was during the hottest time of the day. I was nervous that the treadmill training wouldn’t translate onto the pavement. Needless to say, Friday night I was terrified of the Saturday morning race.
But alas, Saturday morning’s 10K came and went swimmingly. Despite the nasty heat and humidity, I nailed the 10K and actually am ready to continue training for my next 1/2 marathon (hopefully injury free this time). When I crossed the finish line, I felt I had energy to spare and that I could keep going…hence the 1/2 marathon training.
So that is my thing one…to be followed by thing 2, a 1/2 marathon (although there may be a few things in between). How did you overcome the unfamiliar? Whether its health and fitness or real life related, I’d love to hear your story!