This morning, as I was doing laundry, I was reflecting on how excited I am for these people. It led to my thinking back to 2007, and my first 5Ks. I remembered how nervous I was about...well...everything!
I was afraid about: being able to run the whole distance, breaking my leg, peeing my pants (hey, google "marathon accidents"), tripping, looking hideous in my new fancy running gear, and most of all- coming in last and everyone laughing at me at the finish line.
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The "I'll be last and they'll all laugh at me at the finish" fear isn't uncommon for first time racers, especially those new to running. It's a fear I know that my newbie runners are facing right now.
What I've learned in all my years and distances in racing is this: Chances are, if you're running MOST of the way, you're not going to be last. Lots of people these days go out and walk an entire 5K for fun.
But what I learned as a race director is even more valuable. Even if you ARE last, and walked the whole way, and took 55 minutes to do that 5K, no one will be laughing at you. As a race director, I had great joy in watching every single person come across my finish line. I was incredibly impressed by everyone who crossed that finish, no matter what their time was or how ragged they looked as they crossed.
Newbies, have no fears! Have fun! Have faith! Be proud of what you've accomplished!
“Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage, but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what kepes us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, & all of those voices that tell you what you can & cannot do & can & cannot be.”
― John Bingham
― John Bingham