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Becoming Anxious…


One week from now I will be finished running my first 5k race! It’s only 1 week away, but right now it feels like forever away. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m not only feeling excited. I’m starting to feel anxious. I shouldn’t necessarily be feeling anxious though. I know I can do it. I know I can run 3.1 miles because I’ve done it already (with only a few short walking breaks). There’s just something about the word “race” that makes me nervous…







I feel like the word, “race” implies competition, speed, and contest.


Honestly I’ve never considered myself a competitive person. I usually don’t care about winning or losing. I’ve never played on a sports teams a day in my life. Now, however, I’m starting to feel (and understand) the thrill of competition. It’s not that I want to run the fastest time or win by any means, but I do want to give this race my all. I want to compete with myself. I want to show myself that I am able to compete. I want to be proud of myself and my effort. That’s the kind of competition I’m interested in during this race. Competition with myself.


Still I think I have a right to feel anxious, and I can surely can’t help it. I can’t help the way I feel. This is my first race, my first taste of competition. I’m excited, but also anxious.




So to all of you runners out there, tell me: How do you handle pre-race anxiety? How can I prep for my upcoming race and stay calm?



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Reese @ Reese's Resolution permalink
    11/13/2011 6:59 pm

    Good luck! I can’t wait to read about how it goes.. I’m sure you will do great! I just registered for my first 5k in January so I will be preparing for that, and your blog is one of the ones I’ve been following that is inspiring me! Thanks! 🙂

    • 11/13/2011 7:05 pm

      Thanks so much for the comment! I will definitely let everyone know on here how the race goes. Just running a 5k at all is progress for me, so I’m already happy! I’m glad you’ve been following my blog, and it’s been helping you. I’ll be sure to check out yours!


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