It will undoubtedly be the most expensive 5k ever.

Last year when Tom was training for his triathlon, he found it necessary to compel/guilt me into doing a 5k because I was quick to suggest training mandates, but certainly not quick to get out and run, bike, or swim.

Fast forward a year . . . here we are. Training is almost complete for his race in 2022 and he seems to have remembered that the 5k has yet to occur.

Because I do feel guilty if I commit to something and then do not deliver, I finally downloaded the app to prepare to run a 5k.

It isn’t going as well as I had hoped. Supposedly I should be on Day 5 by now but because I put “it was difficult” they keep me on Day 3 . . . I might be on Day 3 forever. I’m not even sure how many “days” there are before the end of training and I’m “supposedly” fully prepared for the race.

In my brief training, I’ve decided that in order for this 5k to occur, I must be as close to sea level as possible. So I’ve googled “flattest 5k”. Apparently, I am the only person concerned with that as Google, for the first time ever, has not delivered on my inquiry.

I found one in Myrtle Beach. Surely that’s flat. Plus, it is in October so it shouldn’t be too hot.

I was explaining to Tom that I would be going to MB at some point to drive the course.

I won’t bore you with the rest of our conversation, but to say that we didn’t see eye-to-eye on the need for that would be accurate. Ha!

I was seeking reinforcements from a triathlete friend and they had a similar reaction. They laughed out loud. For quite a while.

“This is going to be the most expensive 5k ever! Andrea, it is a 5k!”

Being fully aware of what it is, I didn’t need additional clarity. But I knew it was being said in jest. Or was there some truth?

We are beginning our series on how to claim our power and create our own defining moments.

This Sunday we are going to talk about positivity! It really is a thing! If we embrace it, our lives are so much richer!

Surely at some point, I’m going to be able to sloth through a 5k. To do so, I’ve got to get my mind right. For that to happen, I need to “see” where I am going. That will give me lots of room to develop positivity!

Is driving the 3 miles (and driving like 500 miles round trip to do it) really necessary?

My friend and Tom are right – – – it is a bit (or a lot) overkill!

BUT – I have a fear of running because of some childhood experiences where I failed miserably. And it has created this mental block against doing some kind of race. So I know what I need to do in order to face this with a positive mindset.

What do you need to do in your life to create space for positivity? The power lies within us all, in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Claim your power!