In 5 days I’ll be running my first 5km; a Movember MoRun that I signed up for in August! I’m still feeling pretty good, although if I really stop to think about it I get a little hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach. I think the nerves are there, simmering under the surface.
I know I can do 5k. Technically I already do because on running nights I walk 2km home from work (briskly!), get in and changed and stretched and then I’m back out running my usual 3km route. I shouldn’t be nervous about 5km right?!
Maybe it’s not the actual running that has me a little jittery. It’s the running in front of other runners that I’m nervous about. Of course I know it’s all in my head, and other runners are really very nice people who are there to run and enjoy the event. Just like me. I know there will be runners of all shapes and sizes, and I’m not going to stand out like a sore thumb when I get there. No one is going to tell me that I don’t belong, and no one is going to laugh at me for wanting to run and certainly no one is going to insult me for it! I just have to keep reminding myself of these things, and keep that nervous feeling to a simmer instead of a working it up into a full boil right?
In the meantime, I’m making my pre-run plans like when to have my race gear ready and what to eat the night before and what time I’m going to get up and get the bus etc etc etc. That helps me keep my cool too, making lists and plans. I do know that being prepared is going to go towards helping me enjoy the day! And that, ultimately, is what I want. I just want to enjoy the day. You know what? I think I’ll have no problems doing that!