Okay, so you started running. Hopefully, you’ve been running barefoot. You’ve learned good form. You’ve slowly built up your mileage. You’re feeling good. You’re ready for a new challenge- a race.
How do you know you’re ready?
In my experience- you don’t.
It doesn’t matter if the race is a small, local 5k or a world-renowned marathon. You can follow the most successful training programs, eat precisely the right foods, do the perfect amount of crosstraining, etc. You will never be perfectly prepared. You will always have a feeling that you could have done more.
Why is this important?
Sometimes that “I’m not ready for this!!!!” feeling keeps us from experiencing amazing adventures. It’s like anything else in life- some preparation is a good thing. More preparation is usually a little better. However, over-preparation eventually becomes a delaying tactic. This applies to all kinds of stuff besides running races- having children, changing jobs, painting the kitchen… whatever. Sometimes it’s best to just close your eyes and leap.
[warning- this is a “TMI” story]
Speaking of having children, this is precisely how Shelly and I made the leap. After a night out on the town, we were preparing for bed. Shelly was brushing her teeth. She was about to take her birth control pill. We looked at each other for a brief second- I could read her eyes and she could read mine. One of us verbalized the unspoken message; “We should have kids.” The response: “Okay.” And she spit the pill in the toilet.
Were we ready? We definitely didn’t think so. But we were far more prepared than we thought. If we had waited until we felt we were completely prepared, we would still be kidless. It was worthwhile taking the leap.
On our journey thus far, we’ve met a lot of people. Many were contemplating signing up for their first race or their first long race. Here’s my challenge: sign up right now! Don’t think about it, just do it! Act before you give yourself a reason not to do it. Don’t read on until you’re signed up.
It’s cool, I’ll wait.
Exhilarating, isn’t it? Don’t worry if you’re scared. That’s part of the fun.
So, what race did you sign up for? Leave a comment!