A few years ago I signed up for my first 10k race. It was Ottawa’s National Capital Race Weekend and it was the most exhilarating experience of my life. I felt like a superstar with crowds of family, friends, and running enthusiasts lining the streets to cheer each runner on across the finish line.
I think the greatest part of the experience was the energy from the spectators. It didn’t matter if you were running the 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full, people were cheering for you! For a moment I felt like a superstar and it was a feeling I never wanted to forget. I also decided I wanted to keep running. There was a high like no other and I decided I could really get used to this… I can see how people turn to running, like addicts turn to heroine.
This was probably 8 years ago and a lot has happened since then. A torn ACL and surgery, stress fracture in my ankle/shin, broken collarbone and dislocated ribs have all let me to the conclusion that maybe soccer isn’t the best sport for me as I age. I’ve also had a baby and look for things that I can do with my little girl that will be fun, keep me active, and inspire her to want to be active too.
So, here I am, ready to run!
Well, almost ready… I feel a level of shame or weakness because it’s only a 5k. I don’t feel like this is any great accomplishment, but also know that there will be some 6 year old out there on the run who will pass me. Originally I wanted to run the 10k – that would feel good to me, something to be proud of – but I didn’t sign up soon enough and it was sold out. Mind you, I’m not sure the 10k would have been a good idea knowing what I know now. I haven’t really trained – I haven’t even run in the past month! My original goal was to train so I could finish the 5 in 27 minutes… but life and laziness got in the way. I can’t imagine what I’d be thinking right now if I was supposed to run a 10 on Saturday!
Despite some of my worries, I’m excited to feel the energy of the crowd again. I’m ready to run my guts out, and hope I can push myself to finish in a respectable time. It has been a few years since I’ve done Race Weekend and I hope it will be what I need to fuel my spirit and make me want to do more. When I see motivational posters and quotes about running, I want to be that person with sweat running down my face, or the beautiful skyline ahead of me. Fingers crossed this will be my motivation to get back into something I love.