A while ago I signed up to run a 10Km race for TAMBA. This is a charity that is very close to my heart as they lead vital research into multiple pregnancies and support families with twins or more through the specific complications and challenges that many of us face. After a terrible start to life for one of our little girls they have gone from strength to strength, but sadly this isn’t always the case and so I wanted to try to raise some funds to support the life saving work that TAMBA do. I do love running (it wasn’t always that way), but as the race approaches I am getting more nervous and am increasingly wondering what I was thinking!!
I hurt my hip running the other day – probably just from overdoing the training or from the fancy new running shoes I bought. It is so annoying as I can’t even run at the moment. I am super competitive even with myself and so had hoped to complete the 10km in under 1hr, but now I don’t think that will be happening. I will be completing it though and that is for sure!!
Entering something like this is quite a big deal for anxious old me. I can feel the nerves building about the daftest things like:
And then there are more real fears like:
There are limiting beliefs in my head that are telling me that this will be hard and that I might not be able to do it. I know that this is nonsense as I can run further than 10KM, but still the niggles and the doubts linger. I try to be as positive as I can generally in life, but since having my twins I have found it harder to talk myself out of my limiting beliefs. I tell my children to have a growth mindset about things that they want to do so I need to take my own advice and believe that yes I can…. So what do I plan to do to prepare?
- I am going to rest so that my hip injury has a chance heal
- I am going to accept that I might not be as fast as I would have liked, but I will be able to do it
- Do some meditation around positivity
- Sort out the practical stuff – where and when for example…
So it is time for me to get my positive pants on, get out those running shoes (not the new fancy ones) and just give it my best as after all that is all any of us can do.