Last weekend, I completed my first 5K race since my hamstring injury almost 3 years ago. Before race day, there were several occasions where I considered not doing the race. My mind was filled with so much self doubt and worry about finishing last. Additionally, I was self conscious about being the most overweight person there. I was fortunate to have two wonderful friends, Jen and Tina, with me for moral support who probably wouldn’t let me quit if I tried.
Even though the race didn’t start until 8:30 AM, we were instructed to be there by 6:00 AM in order to secure a parking spot. The morning was cold a 29 degrees, so we sat in the car with the heat on drinking coffee and talking trying to pass the time until it was time to head over to the starting line. Tina brought a pillow and tried to get an extra hour of sleep while we waited, but we were too busy having fun for her to get any shut eye. (more…)