This week I signed up for my first 5K run. The scary thing is the race is in two weeks. Hopefully I haven’t gotten myself into something I can’t handle, but it’s good to take on something new. At least that is what I am telling myself right now. Who knows what I’ll be saying two weeks from Saturday.
I think I am starting to catch the Olympic fever which is crazy seeing as the opening ceremony is still about three weeks away. There is something so inspiring about seeing so many skilled athletes from all over the world come together to compete. It’s incredible to see just how far the human body can be pushed to accomplish amazing feats of speed, grace and power.
Gymnastics is my favorite summer Olympics sport but swimming and track events come in a close second and third. Actually, I’m not usually a huge sports fan but the time and commitment that Olympians put into their sport in order to compete at such a high level makes it so inspiring just to watch.
But back to the 5K, I know it’s probably a little crazy to plan on running over three miles in the heat when you don’t have to, but sometimes you just need to push yourself. It’s so easy to go through life on automatic pilot doing the same thing day after day staying where it’s comfortable and safe. But, while automatic pilot is safe it’s not very adventurous. Since life is relatively short I think it’s good to go out and have some adventures along the way. People will probably tell you you’re crazy and that you should do the same things that everyone else is doing, but what is the fun in that?
Different doesn’t always mean bad. Doing something you’ve never done before can be a really good thing. Goals help you learn. They help you succeed and go much farther in life than you would on auto pilot. I don’t want to wake up one day and wonder where life went. I want to have stories to tell maybe even some funny ones from when I tried for something way out of my reach and messed up royally.
I’m excited for this challenge. I enjoy running but I don’t have very good endurance, so this race will definitely be a stretch for me, but it’s good to be stretched. I don’t have any desire to run a marathon or compete on a more serious level. I’ll leave that to the Olympians, but in the meantime we’ll see if I’m able to meet my little goal.
Once the race is done, I plan on curling up with a bowl of chocolate ice cream (proudly wearing my new Hoops for Life 5K t-shirt) and watching the Olympics. I love to see history being made when a gymnast nails a landing. I want to see speed records shattered, but most of all I want to hear stories of people who overcame difficult obstacles to be up on that podium or even out on the track, field, or gym mat. Someone once said, “success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”