It’s May, and for most of us that means an official start to race season. While many of us choose to train and run all year, there’s something about the month of May that fuels the fire within. You can open up the race calendar and literally find a distance that suits your needs just about any weekend.
It’s the time of year when your non-running friends ask you again how long a marathon is or your family, (god bless them) knows your weekend training runs get longer and your pantry overflows with Gatorade, GU, or whatever new nutrition products you’re trying out.
Running isn’t always awesome. It’s kind of a love/hate relationship. There are some days when you just can’t get your butt out the door. There are some days when that little voice in your head is screaming: “why are you doing this?” But when you push past that annoying little voice and start remembering all the reasons why you love to run - you grow stronger. That voice gets silenced and a more driven, focused you emerges. Running gives us confidence, a sense of accomplishment and a feeling that nothing else can replace.
You don’t have to be fast. You don’t have to be lean. You just have to have the desire and determination to put one foot in front of the other. On race day it doesn’t matter if you cross the finish line first, last or somewhere in between. What matters is that you set a goal and you don’t give up. The course is the same for everyone. Your journey to get there is your own.