Run When You Can

Tomorrow I will be running in my first 10k race along with the Mister, my fabulous friend Kim and 139 other people in the KRRA Anniversary Run.

I need to be honest … I am nervous.

Last week I took 5 days off of running when I started to show signs of hamstring tendonitis in my right leg instead of running through the pain. I know I did the right thing by listening to my body and taking the time off however I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned.

Nervous because this is the longest race I will have been in so far and what if I don’t make it to the end even though I have run farther in the past?

Worried because until those 5 days off I had been logging some serious mileage (180+km in September and October) along with hill workouts and tempo runs and I could see significant improvement to my pace time. I don’t want to be disappointed with the goal time I have set for myself.

I know the only person I could disappoint with my finish time would be me. I know this race is going to be a PR because I have never raced this far before. I know I’m putting pressure on myself needlessly.

Although I know all of these things it didn’t take away that little voice inside me today saying “Seriously? Since when have you been a runner?

When that little voice started I set a timer for 15 minutes, thought about all the reasons why I shouldn’t run this race and wrote them down.

Here is the list I came up with.

list of reasons

I could not think of one single reason NOT to run tomorrow but I could think of plenty of reason why I should.

  • I am running because I trust my training
  • I am running because I made a commitment to myself and my friend who offered to pace me
  • I am running to challenge myself, no one else
  • I am running because I get a tech shirt to add to my ever growing collection of running gear 😀
  • I am running because I’m a kick-ass gal full of AWESOME-SAUCE
  • I am running because I love it and don’t want to stop until I have crossed 26.2 off of my bucket list

I am running a 10k race on Sunday with butterflies in my stomach … I just hope they help reduce my pace time.

QOTD – “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”- Dean Karnazes

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Do you get nervous before a race? What do you do to calm the butterflies?

What is the hardest race you have run? Do you have 26.2 on your bucket list?

Meet Anita


I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

6 Thoughts on “Run When You Can

  1. I don’t get nervous before a race, I get excited. However, at the Army Half Marathon I was in the corral with a friend who was very nervous, even though she’d done numerous half marathons already. She gets nervous before every race. I’m sure once the gun goes off the nervousness disappears very quickly. The hardest race I’ve run is the Disneyworld Marathon. It was my first marathon, the temperature was 10 degrees above seasonal, probably 28 degrees by the end. It was a lot harder than I expected. On my bucket list are numerous destination marathons, and the Goofy at Disneyworld in 2015, which is a Half marathon on Saturday followed by a Marathon on Sunday, resulting in 3 medals… Mickey for the marathon, Donald for the half marathon and Goofy for doing them both back to back.

    • I don’t know if I will ever be not nervous before a race, it’s my nature to fret. 😀

      Goofy is right … half marathon followed by a full?!?! I heard there’s a Dopey as well. 5k, 10k, half and a full!

  2. You got this! I normally do not get nervous, and I think I want to do a marathon sometime.. I dont know yet!

    • Thanks Ashley, the Mister kept telling me “Babe, it’s only 10k, you’ve gone further.” but it’s always the voice inside our heads that give us the biggest challenge.

  3. I always get nervous … Good to have that nervous energy. I just hang out, chat with folks, think about my strategy, and wait …

    Hardest marathon for me was PA Grand Canyon marathon this July. Torrential downpours for about 20 miles, the course was much more hilly than the initial course map (they corrected later but most people didn’t see it) – there were about 4000 ft of rise and fall. The course was packed dirt, but with the torrential downpours it was more like muck and mud and water running down the course … Ugh.

    • I can imagine running in a downpour for 20 miles … hell I can’t imagine running 20 miles, yet. 😀

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