12 July 2012
My First Peachtree
Yippppeeee! On July 4th, 2012 I ran my very first road race, the Peachtree Road Race (PRR). For those that my not know, the PRR is held every year in Atlanta, Ga and is a 6.2 mile run. Over 60,000 people participate and for the entire route spectators lined the streets to support and cheer on the runners. Now, for those avid runners, 6.2 miles may not be a big deal but for ME, it is huge!
I have always wanted to run. People would talk about how running served as such a stress reliever. How running would clear their mind, serve as meditation, or simply a great way to stay in shape. Well I wanted all of the above! For years I told myself that if I could just get up to 3 miles a day I would be happy. Week after week I would run but only do 1 to 1.5 miles. I would stop without pushing myself or fighting through the pain/discomfort. Sometimes I would even give up altogether and stop running for months.
Then I found a running buddy. Sharing how my goal had always been to run 3 miles, he encouraged me to run with him the next day. I did and guess what, I ran 3 miles non-stop!! I couldn't believe it! I had the ability and strength the entire time but he was just the motivation I needed. From there I continued to run. My schedule changed at work so I couldn't run with him anymore but I found a new buddy to help encourage me. With her, I went from 3 to 4 to 5 and a couple of times even ran 6 miles!!! Which is what brought me to the PRR.
My running in the PRR wasn't planned nor did I spend months training. A week before the race a number became available and since it was something I always dreamed of I went for it! Through gobs of people, hills and heat I completed 6.2 miles!
What did I gain from this? So many mini lessons—Don't Quit!—Push Yourself Even When It Hurts/Hard—If It Is Something You Want, Go Get It!—Find a Buddy/Encourager. Whatever it is you are trying to do whether it is lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, improve your overall health, KEEP PUSHING. Find someone to support you-I know an AWESOME Health Coach ☺-or even a friend or family member. It is hard at times, but in the end it's worth it....You're Worth It!!