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Where's your confidence?

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

I'm in the midst of marathon training, because half just isn't enough anymore, I signed up for a 10k.

If you know anything about marathon training, besides it's torturing yet rewarding at the same time, you tend to slow down.

I used to be pretty fast for a girl. My norm was 8 mph, but as the miles add on so does the minutes.

On top of that, I haven't ran competitively in awhile. Therefore, when I showed up Saturday morning in Delray Beach to run in the 12th annual Race for Hope sponsored by AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse), I was hoping to finish in less than 50 minutes.

I lined up a pretty good ways away from the front. "I'm not winning this race," I said to myself.

But when that siren went off, I just couldn't help myself. I charged spending the first half mile weaving around people and knocking over the ones in my way (just kidding).

About 1.5 miles in, I was on my way to the front. That dangerous competitive side came out, and I'd target in on one person ahead of me until I passed them. Then, it was a new person I zero in on. That kept me going for the next few miles. Then, it was a game with myself to hold the pace.

I just kept telling myself, it'll all be over shortly. You're not running 20 miles, so there's no reason to slack off especially this close to the end.

I finished the race in 44.3 minutes; I hadn't lost my speed. In fact, I received an award: "Second place for overall female".

Then, I thought, if I had confidence in myself, I would have started at the front. My time would have been better and maybe I would have finished first.

So the point is don't set yourself up for second place.

About AVDA:

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is a Certified Domestic Violence Center providing Palm Beach County with emergency shelter, a 24-hour hotline, support services for victims of domestic abuse, and prevention and education programs for the community.

They can be contacted at:

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.
24-HOUR HOTLINE: 1-800-355-8547
Phone: (561) 265-3797
Fax: (561) 265-2102
E-mail: avda@avda-fl.com
P.O. Box 6161
Delray Beach, Fl 33482-6161

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