Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Some "Hump Day" Inspiration

While I was stalking my facebook feed this morning, I noticed a post from the Houston 1/2 Marathon. They asked, "What race tip would you give to someone who is running our marathon or half marathon for the first time?" Most of the time I don't scroll through and read all of the entries, but I had sometime to burn before work so I snuck a peek at what had been posted. I was sort of curious at what people were saying since I will be running their 1/2 Marathon for the first time this January. I think that it is always good to have a little insight from people who have ran races before that I am not familiar with.

I came across this post from one of their fans and it really struck a chord with me and I wanted to share it with everyone.....

"It's your race, not the guys who took off at the same time as you and is running a different pace. Never compare yourself to any other person- you don't know their story. Make it your race and have fun."

I have been thinking about what this means to me. In the past I have always struggled with comparing myself to other runners. In races, I have struggled with having the confidence to make the race my own and not the person who is running next to me or passing me. I am sure that everyone has been there at some point. In the past, I would defeat myself before the race even started- I would give up on myself before I even gave myself the chance to try!

The Helvetia 1/2 Marathon this year was a huge breakthrough for me and gave me the boost of confidence that I have been searching for. It was the first time that I didn't defeat myself before the race started and it was the first time that I felt like I deserved to be there competing. I made Helvetia "my" race. More importantly I had fun. I ran the whole race with a smile and with the confidence that I have been lacking for so many years.

I feel like I have grown so much as a runner and an individual over the last 10 months. I am giving myself credit when due and I am not comparing myself to anyone anymore. For the first time in my life, I actually feel like I am worthy as an athlete.



  1. Yeah someone else running Houston, I get so excited to know who else is running! I am planning for the full right now, but I couldn't agree more every race has to be about you and not everyone around you

  2. Hi Tasha! Look forward to cheering you on, on Sunday. if you change your mind and want to come to brunch with your friend, let me know!


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