Becca Gould

Designer Athlete

Going into Race Day, Regardless If You're Ready or Not

by Becca Gould Running

Okay Guys, I Have a Confession to Make

I am nowhere near ready to race the 10K this Sunday, both from a mental and physical perspective.

However, despite 5 months of injury setbacks, long work days (and nights), lack of sleep, and stressful times, I will be there Sunday morning lining up on the start line.

Because it’s Always Important to Finish what You Started.

I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you reading this are in the same boat as me: signing on to do a race a few months back, only to discover a few days before race day that you’re a huge step back from where you originally started.

The Struggle to Get Back is Very Real The Struggle to Get Back on Track (No Pun Intended) is Very Real

I signed on to do the 10K back in November 2015 after the conclusion of a solid cross country season.

Within a month off signing on, I suffered a serious knee injury in December (I’m still seeing physio for it to this day). I could’ve just called it quits; not worry about having to run anymore.

However, for me, physical activity is something I’ve worked really hard to keep as a part of my everyday life. I cherish the ability to be active, be strong, and the unconditional love I have for physical fitness.

When One Door Closes, Another Opens.

Sounds cliché, but we all know this is true.

If it weren’t for my knee injury, I wouldn’t have discovered the beautiful humans of November Project, an amazing free fitness community. (Follow them on Social Media y’all)

Running with November Project Running with November Project

I’ve also been utilizing my design & photography skills & my “voice” in social media to communicate my passion for sports. Through this, I’ve met so many unique individuals in the fitness community, through road races, November Project, and fitness-oriented events.

Shooting Eyeball the Wall A Photo I Shot for the Eyeball the Wall Road Race

Setbacks lead to opportunities.

Closing Thoughts/Good Luck Runners

A running race is like every day life in general.:

Your mind is focused on a certain long-term goal or accomplishment, yet your eyes are open on the task immediately ahead of you. Because in both life and running, you never know when it will throw you an unexpected turn.

Bill Bowerman, the coach of Steve Prefontaine & one of the co-founders of Nike, quoted from the 1998 movie Without Limits:

Running, one might say, is basically an absurd past-time upon which to be exhausting ourselves. But if you can find meaning, in the kind of running you have to do to stay on this team, chances are you will be able to find meaning in another absurd past-time: Life.

For those of you racing this weekend, regardless if you feel ready for it or not, I wish you all the best of luck in your respective distances.

Things do not always go as we planned most of the time, especially when training for races. However, the least we can do is control the aspects we can control, learn from past mistakes, and enjoy the ride.

Good luck and have fun this weekend everyone!

Until next time, gotta run!