Was there ever a time when all of a sudden you’re motivated to do something new? An urge to test your abilities and limits? For myself, this rush of confidence and determination occurred around early January of this year. Around that time I was really into running, which meant that my workout days consisted about 30 minutes of running three to four days a week. It came to the point where whenever I was stressed with university due to assignments and exams, running was a way to de-stress and it was very effective. I started to truly enjoy it, it soon didn’t feel like I was obligated to go for a run just because I need to workout. Maybe it’s the endorphins, who knows, but the genuine happiness with running pushed me to sign up for my first ever 5k road race.
Actually the idea of participating in some type of road or trail race has crossed my mind quite a few time before. However, I was always doubtful towards the idea of it, because of the whole training situation. Fortunately, I was lucky enough that I had an amazing support system that really pushed my abilities every training and rest days.
Training in total took about two and a half months, started from end of January to the end March. In short, I would run about four to five km for four days plus cross train for two days. I’m not going to go in depth with how I trained, I’ll do that in another post. For now I want to focus on my overall experience and what I’ve learned from this race.
A lot of of my family and friends asked me why I decided to take on this challenge. Putting my body through training on top of school work and continuous pain (thank you shin splints!). I mean I see their point, there are other things I could be doing or just simply not take training way too seriously; however, I just don’t like that mindset. I chose to do the race because I wanted to prove to myself that I am able to train and finish a 5k in a reasonable amount of time. I thought about people who would love to move their body and participate in an event such as this one, but can’t because of unfortunate circumstances. I’m lucky enough to have this opportunity, to use what I am blessed with and improve myself for the better. I’m going to be very honest, it wasn’t like everyday I would jump out of bed and be ready to take on training. As amazing as that sounds, that wasn’t my case because I’m human and I get lazy.
I have days where the motivation to train isn’t really there or I’m just in a time crunch due to school or simply wanting to give up because I can’t break my PR. But I’m here to tell you that it’s completely fine to feel overwhelmed, you just can’t let that stop you from continuing to improve. As cliche as it may sound, in the end I didn’t regret my decision to sign up for my first ever 5k and I certainly did not regret the amount of effort I put in my training. I realized that it was in fact one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself, because not only did I learned so much but I found and love a new hobby.
Look, I know it can be very scary to start something new. But I say go through with it, especially if it’s something that you know will be good for you. Set yourself a new challenge to take on, push yourself. Just keep in mind, before anyone else can motivate you to keep going, you have to do it for yourself first. Start with you.