Gotta Start Somewhere.

Over the weekend on my usual run, I decided to tackle some hills in preparation for my upcoming 5K which has a few bridges. Not only did I attempt to tackle the hills, I attempted to run at a pace much faster than I’m used to. The first mile was fairly challenging. By the time I has halfway through my second mile, headed up another incline; I was huffing and puffing, out of breath, my body was tingling, my quads were on fire, and I had multiple side stitches.  I could totally relate to the picture below.

How I feel vs look when running

I thought to myself, why on earth am I doing this to myself. This is crazy! Then the overwhelming reality came to mind that I am actually registered for the Miami to Key West Ragnar RelaysIf you’re not familiar with the Ragnar Relay Series, it’s an overnight running relay race.  

Ragnar summary

The two things that make me the most nervous are the 200 miles and the overnight running. Every time I hear the word Ragnar, it sends me straight to the potty. This weekend’s run confirmed that I’d temporarily misplaced my sense of rationality when I signed up. It made me realize how unprepared I am and how  much hard work and training I’ll have to put in. It’s rather daunting and intimidating, to say the least. Well, the deed is already done, the registration complete and I guess I have to (wo)MAN up and face this challenge. I’ve always wanted to become leaner, stronger and faster as a runner; what better way to do it than to train for an ultra race (I think).

every-one-starts-somewhere

My hope is that Ragnar will be my motivation to get out of my comfort zone and get serious. No doubt it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited to see the changes that my body will experience over the next several months of cross training, resistance training and running.

I pray that I’ll emerge on the other side of Ragnar, injury free, more disciplined and fit. I know that it will be a slow and steady process and I’ll have lots more dreaded runs like this weekend, but I have to start somewhere…

Do you have a huge challenge, goal or event  that you’re nervous or excited about overcoming? What’s your starting plan? If you’ve already began working towards it, how was your start?

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33 thoughts on “Gotta Start Somewhere.

  1. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    Well Hope, I have to say this is a very challenging conquest you’ve gotten into. You have to man up like non other. Running all night…..Have fun. That part of staying up should be easy for me with the overnight shift work and all. It’s all this running & tagging that has me. So are y’all like relay for life, bonfires and silly games at a tent while you wait your turn to tag in?
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  2. Anne

    I am in the middle of something right now and like you said,we gotta start somewhere. Like running, I also began my thing at the starting line, with clear eyes set on my goal. It’s been a week only and many times, the temptation to give up is always there. I hope I reach the finish line :)
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Oh Anne, I’m sure you’ll reach the finish line. You said that you started with clear eyes set on your goal. Although the temptation is there, remember why you started in the first place. That’s what I’m hoping to do. We’ll encourage each other along the way.

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  3. Nellie

    This is so amazing. Like I have never heard of ANYthing like this before, this is real life. Overnight running?! are you kidding me? 3-8 miles…depending?! oh my goodness. With that said. YOU CAN DO THIS! You run half marathons and marathons and 10ks! You have got this in the BAG. Everyday look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you GOT THIS because you do! The next day you will sleep a wonderful sleep.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Girl! Thank you for the vote of confidence. I will definitely be looking in the mirror and trying to encourage myself and stopping by your blog for some motivation:) looking forward to the next day sleep.

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  4. Sherelle

    I’ve had projects at work that were overwhelming, at the very thought of them. I’ve never been challenged physically. I’m sure you and your friends will do well on this 200 mile conquest. You’ll just need to support each other, and be each others’ strength to get you through! Best of luck to you Hope!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thank you Sherelle. We’ll need the support of each team member to get through. Sometimes the challenges that aren’t physical are worst…and overcoming them only makes us stronger.

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  5. M. Love

    I am VERY jealous of your RR — that is one of my dream ones to do. Some of my guy friends did it together a couple years ago and LOVED it!! It’s suppose to be a decent course — some boring spots but they wanna do it again so it has to be ok.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      It’s good to hear that they loved it. Encouraging. I’m sure you’ll get an opportunity to do one soon. if it’s one of your dream races, it’ll happen..and I’d love to hear your experience.

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  6. KalleyC

    Your last picture is so correct. Everyone has to start somewhere. You can do this. It seems like a fun and wonderful motivation to get in shape and ready. Looking forward to this for you. :-)
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  7. Rum Punch Drunk

    Running at night? Rather you than me and I’m not joking. Running in the day is more than enough but running at night too? Naaaa.
    I do wish you all the best and as long as you put in the necessary training you’ll get there. Does it matter if you win? No. What matters is that you cross the finishing line. Thumbs up girl and that last picture was so funny.

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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      O.M.G. Tough Mudder is some hard core military crazy stuff. I’ll take Ragnar any day. But I think you should do it! You’ve come such a long way in fitness, you’ll do great. Please let me know if you decide to tackle it.

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  8. Kita

    I never heard of anything like this before good luck I am rooting for you. Keep us posted on the outcome. I love challenges even if I can’t complete it or become discouraged I try my best to put my best forward no matter what.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Briton. You should check to see if there’s a Black Girls Run chapter in your area. You’re sure to meet some running friends and Ragnar relays occur all over the country…so maybe you will be able to do it one day 😉

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