Last weekend I took part in The Great Inflatable Race with a few friends. It was a blast! Although I do exercise fairly regularly, I have never been a runner, nor have I ever done any type of race, so this seemed like a perfect challenge for me. Yes, while many of my friends have completed triathlons and marathons, I was just happy to be able to complete a two-mile race through a bunch of inflatables! While I would love to be able to complete a triathlon, I know that my body won’t allow me (I have knee issues), so instead of comparing myself to others, I am focused on doing what is right for me!
My reasoning for doing the race was to challenge myself to do something I’ve never done before, to be a role model for my children, and most importantly to have fun. As mothers, we often make everyone else a priority, and my goal this past year has been to make myself more of a priority while finding more balance in my chaotic life. When I challenge myself it makes me a better person, it gives me the confidence to know I can do what I put my mind to, and most importantly, I’m showing my children you can do anything you put your mind to.
The morning of the race I told my daughter I was feeling nervous about the race. I wanted to share my feelings with her because I felt it was important for her to see that mom gets scared and nervous from time to time too, but I push through those fears to better myself and feel a sense of accomplishment. When I told me daughter I was nervous her response was “Mom, if you just believe in yourself, you can do it!” Mission accomplished! In that moment my heart burst with pride and I knew before I even completed the race that I had succeeded at my goal.
After the first mile, I was out of breath and I wanted to stop and walk, but I pushed through and ran the entire two miles having never run before. Having friends who were more experienced runners definitly helped push me through and reminded me of the importance of a strong support system to help you reach your goals. I completed that race for nothing other than to show my daughters that yes, if you believe in yourself you can do anything you put your mind to, and you can have fun doing it! How will you push yourself outside of your comfort zone this week?