Mission accomplished – reflecting on my first 10 km run

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I think I can finally call myself a runner!

On May 22 I finished my first 10 km race. I signed up for the Woody’s RV World Marathon and Half Marathon in Red Deer earlier this year and I’m not going to lie, I was a little doubtful I would be able to do it.

Not being a runner at all, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into – I didn’t know what running 10 kms would feel like, I didn’t know if I had the endurance to do it and I didn’t really trust my body in that way. However, I made the decision to trust and listen to my trainer’s (Scott McDermott, owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake) encouragement and his belief in me.

In January I started to prepare for the race and with the help of Scott, I quickly got on my way. I was finally becoming a runner and after many failed attempts to do so on my own in the past, I was so excited!

Training was not always easy – some days even harder than I ever imagined. Building up to a 75-minute run was tough. And after injuring my foot a few months in, training became even more difficult. But I was determined to run in the Woody’s event. I needed to do it for myself mentally more than physically. I set a goal and I needed to accomplish it.

The week leading up to the race I felt very mixed emotions. Some days I was excited for the run and other days I was terrified of it!

The terror came from not ever being involved in a race and not knowing what to expect. But honestly, all of my expectations were exceeded because the event was more fun and even better than I could have ever imagined.

The course was lined with supporters and people cheering on all of the runners. It was great to hear the encouragement as I was running. The volunteers were also incredible. A number of water stations were set up along the course and each station had a number of volunteers waiting to hand you some water or even just cheer you on.

The course itself was also beautiful. Running through the trails along the Red Deer River is amazing! We are so lucky to have such incredible scenery in our own backyard.

And last but not least, there is nothing like crossing the finish line. There really is no feeling like it! The sense of accomplishment is almost overwhelming.

As soon as the race was over, I wanted to do it again – well not right that second, but again as in soon. And I’m already registered for my next race which takes place in Sylvan Lake later this month.

I can honestly say I love running and it wasn’t until I crossed that finish line that I really realized that. All of the struggles over the past number of months were worth it in that moment of victory. And having the support of Scott, my family and friends throughout my training and especially on the day of the race really made a world of difference.

Finishing my first 10 km race has really taught me some things. Sometimes it’s hard to believe in yourself and Scott has really pushed me to do so many things that I never thought I could do – this race included. I’m grateful for that because without him I would never reach my potential. I have a long ways to go before I get there, but I’m excited for the journey and I’m excited to continue to learn and do new things.

Right now, I’m most excited to see where my newfound love for running will take me. The possibilities are endless!

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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