I recently participated in my first 10K. My score: last place… for everything. I was quite literally the last person to cross the finish line. It didn’t matter. My goal was to finish, not win.
I learned a few things along the way:
1. Finishing is an acceptable goal.
2. Last place requires as much determination and perseverance as first place, maybe more, because not many people are watching to cheer you on, and all the bands are packing up to leave.
3. You appreciate the ones that did stick it out to cheer you on. Those high fives are even more encouraging because they stayed.
4. A good attitude is required. Because you may find it necessary to encourage yourself when there is no one else to do it.
5. A steady pace will help you reach the end. Just. Keep. Moving.
6. You get to avoid the photographer. Who wants a picture anyway? 🙂
7. You can only do better on your next 10K. You can’t place lower than last. Hooray for improvement. 🙂
There is a saying: Not fast, but not last. To that I say this: If you give it your best and try something new, there is no shame in being last. I met my personal goal. I finished the race. That is my reward.