I’ve spent hours and hours trawling through all the events on GoGoRace. There are so many to choose from, and so many questions flying through my head. Do I stay local? Which course is right for me? How far out should I book? Do I go hardcore and tackle 20km? Which event has the cutest boys? Kidding – I’m definitely not fit enough for 20km.

After playing soccer for most of my life, I know what it feels like to make it through that first pre-season game – the blisters, the bruises, the aches, the sharp pains – and not being able to walk for days. With those memories still raw and etched into the back of my mind, I’m thinking I’ll start at around 5km and work my way up. Would a three-week lead in time be enough? I’ll run with it. I’m committed. Miss Muddy Canberra – Let’s do this! **Cue fireworks**

Right, ticket purchased. Now I’m slightly clammy, talking really fast and experiencing muscle spasms. I can’t do this. Okay, I’m definitely injured. I’m out.

Annnnnd I’m back. Stay. Focused.

I badly injured my neck when I was 12, and no, there is no exciting backstory. I basically just fell out of a tree. Unfortunately, my clumsiness stuck around. Just yesterday I went for a run in the park when I was ATTACKED by a small divot and rolled my ankle. While you’re probably sitting there wondering how I’m ever going to get through an obstacle course when I came off second best to a tree and an uneven surface, I’d just like to remind you that this is about trying something new! So if my dreams of dominating a mud-filled obstacle course result in a stuck-in-the-mud type scenario, then so be it.

Know your personal barriers and be aware of them, because they will be your biggest obstacles. At least I know what mine are, so I’ll train to strengthen what’s weak and avoid what I physically can’t do (which is probably the entire race at this point) – and I’ll share every gruelling bit of it along the way with you.

Yours in GoGoing after your dreams,
Becky B

Tears shed: 0
Hours of training: 0
Band-Aids used: 0
Time spent procrastinating (dreaming of Thor) instead of training: I’d rather not say
Days till event: 22