"Is This a Good Idea?" Weekend Recap

"Is this a good idea?" This was a question, at one point, every single one of us asked ourselves this past weekend.

Whether we were boarding a flight to Pennsylvania for the USATF Half Marathon Championships, or on the line for the Rocket Mile in Rocky Mount, logistically, we all had reasons to question ourselves.

Lining up to race a fast road mile less than a month after running the fastest marathon you’ve ever run could bring some anxieties. Or you may fall under these other anxiety-provoking categories:

1.      The mile is your event, but you haven’t had much specific training for it lately.

2.     Racing a mile is just simply out of your distance comfort zone.

3.     You want to conserve your energy so you can get hype in a squirrel suit afterwards.

 Sarah, Sammy, Rita & Erin in stride at the Rocky Mount Rocket Mile!

Sarah, Sammy, Rita & Erin in stride at the Rocky Mount Rocket Mile!

What about taking the risk to enter into your first USATF Championship race last-minute? That moment of pressing the “Complete Checkout” button on the payment for your flight page, two weeks out from the biggest half marathon you’ve ever been to?

Sure, it would have been easier to say no – opt to take the sacred Sunday afternoon nap instead of driving out to Rocky Mount to race a mile at 2pm in crazy humidity. The option to stay in Raleigh, inside the comfort zone of The Beltline and exit out of the “Confirm Your Payment” page. But taking chances and putting ourselves out there is what we live for.

 Keeping things fun at the starting line!

Keeping things fun at the starting line!

If we hadn’t taken these chances this weekend, we wouldn’t have walked away with a gutsy, mind blowing top 12 finish at the half champs, a state road mile title, the opportunity to leave positive impressions with the youth who came out to run in Rocky Mount, and proof to ourselves that although we are distance runners, we CAN succeed in shorter races too. So the answer to our question, "Is this a good idea?" has to be YES all around. 

 

So what are you going to do now?? Hit the road running this week and leave your doubts so far behind you can’t see them in your rear-view mirror? Better yet, rip those rear view mirrors OFF and keep going!

Click here for Tristin's post-race blog and here for the new Oiselle blackbird crops!

 Sammy, our State Road Mile Champion!

Sammy, our State Road Mile Champion!

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