I will never forget this race because I thought I was ready and within the first 1/2 mile we were met with a very steep hill and I quickly lost my confidence. I was gassed once I got to the top and I ended up run/walking the rest of the race. I felt like complete shit and I crossed the finish line and said, "I'm NEVER doing that shit again!!!!!!" I remember those words like it was yesterday.
Fast forward and it's been 10 years since I crossed the finish line. I am still running and I have completed countless 5ks, some 10ks, lots of half marathons, two full marathons, sprint triathlons, a half Ironman, and a full Ironman. I've met so many people who have become good friends BECAUSE of running. What has this taught me?
1. Never put limits on what you think is possible.
2. Set goals that seem a little out of reach and see what happens.
This year the 40th Annual Cary Road Race will be held on my birthday and I plan to crush that race!
The other lesson? Try something that seems impossible. You might hate it at first so don't give up after the first try. You might just end up with a life long hobby! Had I given up after my first 5k, I never would have become an Ironman and THAT is one of my greatest accomplishments!
Eight days until race day!