Yesterday I ran in my first race. I have no background in playing sports whatsoever. I have never been a gym rat either.
So when a good friend asked me to run the peachtree road race, I didn’t think it was a good idea. I didn’t think I would be able to do it. I don’t have running shoes or running close. Also I would rather do something else on the 4th of July than run for 6 and a half miles.
With all of these background conversations running in my head, I quickly said yes to his request. I stepped out on faith, even though I didn’t know what I was doing.
I only trained for a few days and I might have stretched twice for about 2 minutes each time. I didn’t change my diet in any way. You could say I really didn’t train at all.
I also had only gotten an average of 5 hours of sleep each night for the past three nights. None of that stopped me from getting up at 5:30 am to prepare for the race.
That morning I was heading into town to participate in my first race. When I got about 6 blocks from the race start, I noticed car being turned around and the roads were blocked. As soon as I got out of the car it started raining and I didn’t have an umbrella or poncho.
I had to walk six blocks in the rain just to get to the starting line. By the time I got to the starting line my shoes and clothes were wet from the rain. There was also thunder and lightning that morning, so the race was delayed due to the weather.
None of this discouraged me form running the race. I didn’t know why, I just knew that I had to run this race.
I did run the race, I finished the race and I enjoyed the race. I enjoyed the race so much that I have already committed to running at least one race ever year.
This experience has also inspired me to getting back in shape.
I’m amazed at how great something can turn out, especially when it was something I didn’t really want to do and didn’t know how to do. by doing something you have no idea how to do. Sometimes nothing will go your way and you still have to move forward, step out on faith. believe that things will work out for the best and they will.