I just got back from my 5k run, and looking at my previous post, it hit me – I had just casually mentioned “tapering down” by running a 5k.
When I started three months ago, I could not make it one lap around an indoor 200m track. And now my pace is 21% faster than when I started. It’s still a back-of-the-pack pace, but that’s 21% faster outside than my beginning pace was inside.
Writing this blog – really just for myself – has helped me to focus. But support from random strangers has also been a big help. A guy at my Wellness Center, that I had seen but never spoken to, asked had I lost weight, and told me to keep it up. A guy in Iowa I have never met has offered encouragement for my first 10k.
So to anyone who stumbles across this blog, remember – you never know when that stranger might be thinking negative thoughts, or getting discouraged. Maybe your simple word of encouragement will be all it takes to get them over their hump or through their pain, or just help them get out of bed tomorrow morning and keep being an athlete!