Well, here it is: I signed up for a 12K yesterday. YIKES. Here I come, Seahawks 12K.
Actually the real version of the story is that I lost my mind and THEN signed up for a 12K. For those of you who are thinking "how long is a 12K?" here is the answer, to be exact:
12 kilometers = 7.45645431 miles (thank you, Google)For a while, I have wanted to pursue a run/race of some kind but didn't know what direction to go. I run during the Spring and Summer but usually fail to keep up with it during the Fall and Winter months. I knew that in early March my gym membership would expire and I would need some type of cardio to occupy my fitness routine. The Seahawks 12K sounded like a really neat event (and of course, for a good cause).
Years ago, when I was training for a half marathon, I got to a point where I was able to run 3 times around the lake (8.4 miles) on my one long run of the week (on Saturdays) so I figure 7.5 miles is an achievable distance for me. However, I realized this morning that I have less than two months to get ready and need to start running this week! I am secretly glad that I will not have an opportunity to procrastinate my training.
This should be an interesting journey. I am excited, but also nervous. The truth is that in the past, I've always been too scared to sign up for these type of events because I always worry that if I don't meet a certain time or my training doesn't go as well as I hoped it would, I get down on myself and feel like I didn't do a good job. This is not a healthy habit for me.
Thus, my main reason for signing up for the 12K is to achieve a goal that is rooted in healthy intentions.
My old mentality was something like this: "I am doing this race to get a really good time, lose weight, and prove to myself that I'm awesome."
My new mentality is something like this: "I am doing this race because I believe that I can cross the finish line, and that's all that matters. It will be something new, fun, and healthy for me to focus on in my life."
I love this new mindset and am eager to enjoy running for the good reasons, not the "should" reasons. Stay tuned for updates on my running progress and the journey ahead!