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.
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 Relays. If you’re not familiar with the Ragnar Relay Series, it’s an overnight running relay race.
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).
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?