So how, you might ask, am I going to handle finishing this 5K tomorrow pretty much dead last? The answer is...I'm not really sure. I have trained for this 5K, but it was interrupted this summer by an arthritis flare up that really impacted my ability to walk in general, much less 3 miles at a time. And I can't run this race. I might possibly jog parts of it, but I'm prepared to walk the entire thing...while most other people will run it and finish in less than half the time it's likely to take me. I'm not going to be able to compete with those runners, no matter how badly I want to or try.
But there's a difference in my competitive nature this time that's new for me, and it feels very positive. I found this quote recently, and it really struck a chord in me:
"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better
than you ever thought you could be." ~ Ken Venturi
Tomorrow, I am not going to be better than everybody else. Most of the people that start that 5K are going to run it. I'm not. I'm walking it...probably all of it. And although there will be other people walking it (including the 2 that are walking it with me!), I'm not a particularly fast walker. I really am convinced I'm going to be the last finisher.
But you know what? I'm going to finish. And THAT alone is me being better than I ever thought I could be.
That's how I'm handling it. The person I'm competing with tomorrow is ME. Not anyone else there who suits up, laces up the running shoes and aims for a personal best in the Cougarthon 5K. For me, the personal best is starting and finishing that 5K...no matter how long it takes and how many people finish ahead of me.
Am I going to enjoy finishing last? Probably not. But am I going to enjoy FINISHING???
Stay tuned, my friends...I'm going to have some amazing things to tell you tomorrow! But right now, I'm heading up to bed. I've got a 5K to run in the morning!