Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is some of us are in training, and some are not. ~ Dr. George Sheehan
It’s official. Tonight I registered for the GoodLife Toronto Half-Marathon on May 6, 2012. It is 12 weeks away and training starts tomorrow. So, according to the quote above, does that mean I am an athlete??
I’ve never ever thought of myself as an athlete. I was certainly not an athlete in high school. I was on the volleyball team for a year, but I’m pretty sure they let anyone who tried out join the team. In university I went to the gym here and there. I’ve dabbled in yoga and pilates and have always tried to go for walks whenever I have a chance.
I started running in July 2011 and ran my first race, a 5k in September. I still didn’t feel like a real runner, even after completing that race. A 5k didn’t feel like a big deal – my husband Jake didn’t even train for the race and still beat me.
However, this half-marathon feels like a BIG DEAL. It requires real training and I dare to say, actual athletic ability? A real RUNNER runs a half marathon…an ATHLETE can run 13.1 miles or 21 km.
I feel a bit nervous…will I have time to train properly? What if I get sick, or my kids get sick, and I miss some runs? What if it is cold, and icy and I don’t feel like running? (Still haven’t purchased a treadmill yet, so for now all my runs will be outside!)
I’m trying to think positive instead of worrying about all the what-ifs. I’ve been trying to think positively in all aspects of my life, not just with respect to running. I’ve realized that I tend to have a negative soundtrack playing in my mind, and I want that to stop! It’s not doing me any good!
So here’s to the power of positive thinking over the next 12 weeks! I can do it!