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There's No Option for Slacking When You're #1

There's No Option for Slacking When You're #1


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This past weekend, I had registered to "run" in a 5K race for autism awareness.  I'm not an impressive runner, but I do enjoy participating in these types of events.


My primary sport is rowing, so when the day of the 5K road race came, I decided to challenge myself further:  I would row 10K and then run the 5K.



Well...my body was not quite on board with the plan. In the days leading up to the race, I was pushing myself physically in my rowing training. I had not had a rest day since the prior Sunday, and many of my training days included two-a-day workouts.

As planned, the Saturday of the 5K road race, I did row 10K. And I was extremely tired and achy afterward. I rehydrated, ate a banana, and then drove to the 5K location. Always mindful of the possibility for injury, I was thinking I would withdraw from the 5K but stay and cheer on the other participants.

However, when I went to the registration table, the race volunteer gave me my t-shirt and a race bib. The race bib, below, was #1.



Never in my days of racing have I received bib #1. It usually goes to participants who are fast. That word does not describe my running. I did not feel worthy to have bib #1.  

Oh, the pressure! When life gives you #1, you absolutely must run the race. There is no option for withdrawing: #1 must finish. So, I pinned that number on and off I went. 

I did not do that bib number justice. I was not #1. But I did run the full 5K, and what a pleasant surprise to hear people cheering, "Go Number #1" as I hobbled along the course.

I finished with an okay time, given the way my legs complained. Funny, if I'd been given any other bib number, I may not have run that race. But having bib #1 gave me the motivation to start, push through quite a bit of discomfort, and finish the race. 


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Comment balloon 3 commentsKathryn Acciari • May 03 2017 06:17PM


Good afternoon Kathyrn. I am really impressed. Good for you for taking the challenge and doing the race.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Thank you, Sheila. It really has me thinking, completely unexpectedly, about pushing through perceived limits. 

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I am always amazed at what the subconscious mind does to give us the impetus to make decisions. When this happens to me I try to connect with my brain's third layer to see what caused it. Good for you.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago