“Why am I here?” is a question a lot of people were asking. Not so much in the philosophical sense, but more in a practical sense. It was not long after 8am on a January morning. There was still snow on the ground, it was around 2 degrees (centigrade) and yet around 250 people were gathered on the top of a hill. Welcome to the world of running.
What’s interesting is that nobody forced anybody into being there (I hope), so why were we there, with varying degrees of wishing we weren’t? I can’t answer for everyone, but for me I was challenged into it. This happens fairly often for me and it doesn’t take much. One of my friends mentioned that the run was on, I said I might think about doing it. I then listed all the excuses why not. They seemed a little pathetic. And as I knew I had to run that day anyway (result of another challenge) I realised that deep down there were no excuses.
It was my first race in over a year. I hadn’t been training for it. It would be hard – there are hills and it was snowy, icy and worst of all muddy underfoot. I was no-way ready for this.
But are you ever ready for anything? You can always do more practice, have more time, tweak a bit here and there. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there and see what happens.
For me, I was slower than I thought I should be, the hills were harder than I thought they should be and I was exhausted for the rest of the day. But also the views were beautiful, I finished, I gritted my teeth to run through the mud, and it’s spurred me on to keep training.
And what does this mean if you don’t run?
– You’re more ready than you think you are. Solid preparation and an eye on your ultimate goal will give you a good start.
– Find the positives. Learn from everything, and celebrate the good things – they’ll always be there
I ran the January G3 – organised by All About Triathlons.