On New Year’s day I participated with over 1700 people in the 5km Resolution Run. A sea of orange jackets took to the streets of Edmonton. All of us with the same goal to kick off 2011 right by completing the 5km run. It was a low-key race, great weather, no hills, and lots of fun. The race started off with a crowd of eager participants all of us out to reach our personal best. It was about starting the New Year right.
It was through running with the crowds, that kept me motivated to stay on track, keep my pace, and make it to the finish line. I kept focusing on the people ahead and thought if they can do it – so can I! The can do motto in my head kept me running, as I cursed the bottle of champagne,I drank the night before…
As I reached my stride all I cared about was running the race from start to finish. I wanted to obtain my goal of 30 minutes but realistically for a newbie runner that may have been wishful thinking. As, I crossed the finish line at 36 minutes and 40 seconds. I felt ecstatic, that I crossed the race line, and reached my first goal for January 2011.
It’s through setting a goal for myself, and preparing for the race – that taught me how to push for my personal best and following through by completing the race. I wanted to see how fast I could run, and how far I could go. It was no longer about how much weight and inches I could lose. But what I could push my body to do!
In fact, I’m eager, feeling brave, and signed myself up for the St. Patrick’s 10km run. I want to see if I can push myself just a little further. I know I’m not the fastest or greatest runner. But to me to finish a 10 km in March is an attainable goal that I can strive for, and looking forward to complete in the New Year.
What is one goal you are looking forward to attaining this year?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga