It's about you.
You're not racing against anyone else.
You only get one first time,
so just enjoy the experience.
Kristie Cranford, Runner's World Challenger of the Week
I got this “finisher’s bracelet” a year ago from my first 5K race during the Athena All Women’s Run. It was my very first serious race and my first birthday run. I call it “Race Against Myself”. This is also the race I refer to in my profile as “ the best gift I ever gave to myself”. I registered to this race days before my 46th birthday and the event was four days after my birthday. I trained during the whole of my birthday week.
Prior to this, I had sudden weight gain due to change in life style. I can’t motivate myself in going back to regular fitness activities so I tried running. I challenged myself by joining this 5K run.
Running few kilometers after the gun start, I almost gave-up. I felt so heavy and I had a pulled muscle on my left leg. I kept pushing myself. It was tough but I enjoyed the challenge. Until I finished!
It was one first time I truly enjoyed. I cherished the bracelet because it reminds me of one sweet win. From then on I keep challenging myself. I keep racing and it has always been against myself.