Have you experienced this? I didn’t think it was true, but man, after my Half Marathon (March 2012), I had one beer, and was like blitzed. I couldn’t believe it. I was like “But, it was just one? and I ate stuff.” My body was experiencing alcohol for the first time it seemed. I felt like and after school special actress showing children why drinking is bad, and you should just enjoy running.
I was always an outcast or a loser in high school, and pretty much through college. I didn’t get beat up, because I am female, but I had fair weather friends through out both phases in my life, and never quite felt like I belonged to any group, or anyone. It wasn’t until I laced up running shoes and started running that I found my family. I am welcomed and encouraged at each event, and even have been told that I inspired people post race. This one woman at this years Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon told me my race shirt got her through the last mile. She was going to walk it, until she saw me pass her.
(on the back of the shirt it says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – it’s from Team 413)
I never felt like I could be part of a community like this, that is so large. A smile and a wave to other runners while I am in my neighborhood. A high five to the girls from the summer Lemonade stand that saved me that one year when I ran out of water. The woman at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K who is holding a sign that simply says “Thank You.”
I feel sorry for people who don’t have a family as large as mine, but I’d be more than happy to welcome them if they care to join.
PACE BE DAMNED. I am not planning on winning any races. I am not even planning on qualifying for races that need qualifying times. I am only planning on finishing, and finishing with a smile on my face. I don’t care if you can run 4’58″ minute miles. THAT’S AWESOME FOR YOU. Go to the Olympics and make your mom, country, coach proud. For me, it’s about the moments where it’s me and the road. I have my music, but that fades into the background and I can just beat peace as my feet hit the ground. Yeah people pass me. Old people pass me. Pregnant women pass me. Children pass me. That guy in DC with one leg who does the half marathon every year, PASSED ME. I don’t care. I’m good where I’m at.
**Side bar… Just because I am okay with my pace doesn’t mean I enjoy being called a Penguin – a term commonly used by snooty runners in reference to slower runners – it takes a lot more guts to register and run a race with a slower pace knowing you will have to walk, than it does when you are elite and run like it’s your job. Be kind to all paced runners. We all have feelings.**
It’s National Runner Month and Brooks has this handy little hashtag called #RunHappyIs and you can fill in your own statement and personalize it for your own blog, twitter, whatever, as your run happy mantra!
Go to http://is.runhappy.com and personalize your own!
** I am not affiliated with Brooks Running in any way other than I use their products, love their Ghost 5′s in Pink and would be grateful to be an ambassador for them some day (hint hint) **
- Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1/2 sweet potato, Coffee, smoothie
- Snack: LaraBar
- Lunch: Quinoa, Ground Turkey & Tomato Sauce, Apple with almond butter, carrots
- Snack: Almonds
- Dinner: Chicken Stir Fry with Asian Slaw
- Activity: NROLFW Stg 2 B2 (intervals included in workout)
I have an appointment this afternoon, so I get to leave work early and then I’ll be home to workout. I woke up at 5:00am to workout but couldn’t drag myself out of bed, so I stayed there for another hour, contemplating my failure to rise early. I figure once I am between a rock and hard place with my workouts this summer, I’ll get up easier, but for now, with the option of afternoon workouts, I am pretty set in my ways of sleeping till I have to get up to get ready for work.
I need motivation. I am lacking in the morning motivation department.
Day 1/31 – No Weighing In and No Buying Stuff for myself