Sunday: Day of the run
I was so nervous that I could not sleep well and stayed up too late. I was really tired that morning, I even did not have the appetite to eat and that is so not me! Even after arriving at the event it was really hard to be focussed. I was worrying about the most stupid things: I hope I don’t have to pee during the run, I hope I look cool enough with my gear (whuuttt??) I hope my knee doesn’t fail, I hope I will have a good time etc etc.
I really had to pull myself together. Luckily I had a friend with me that was taking good care of me by helping me organize myself. So there I was. Standing at the start. I looked around me and I only saw young strong women and men around me. Carl Lewis was on the stage, holding the starting sign and saying sone last words and …GO! It was time to shake all the negativity off me and to focus on what I was doing. Thoughts went through my head:“Do not go too fast in the beginning, be careful for your body, take your time..”
After running a little while I noticed a change in attitude. I ran 12km 2 weeks priorly and I was feeling confident and felt I wanted to do more. I thought about setting your goal to achieve your personal best and instead of having the goal to run the 10k safely, I was getting fired up to actually surpass my own expectation. I started to “run”. Really run like I was chasing something. Chasing a new Personal Best. I wanted to run under 50 minutes. My attitude became aggressive and competitive, but in a positive way 🙂
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