Somewhere… Covered in Rainbows….
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I had a very productive and FUN weekend. Productive as in cleaning all the bathrooms on Friday night after the kids went to bed (oh yes, I am THAT wild) and FUN as in running in the Color Run this weekend! Yes. That’s right. I said “running” and “fun” in the same sentence. I will give you a few minutes to pick yourselves up off the floor……
…. Everyone back? OK, good.
Yes, sometime over the last few weeks, I have been realizing that I don’t despise running. Especially in a race, with a friend, while people are throwing powdered dye at us! But even on my own, I am finding that I am not fully suffering through each run. Now, is it my favorite activity? No. Do I have any interest in running a 10 miler, half marathon, or FULL marathon? HELL NO. Do I still have to convince myself to keep going with pretty much every step? YES! I think this is mostly because I am still not a great runner, (everything hurts and bounces in ways that feel very unflattering), and also partially because I kind of get bored while I’m out there. Maybe if I had a running buddy to train with I’d feel differently.
I have considered the possibility of a 10k, mostly because I want to work up to an Olympic Distance triathlon and if I am going to do that, I NEED to be able to run the 10K. But really the races I am enjoying the most are the ones that have fun and festive distractions. like the color run and the mud runs. There’s music, there’s people, there’s free drinks (ok, it’s a table covered in little cups of water that I end up dumping on my face or choking on, but still..) it’s more like a party than a work out. That’s what I’m talking about!
Another thing I really like about participating in these races? FREE SWAG! Everything from t-shirts to medals to headbands to granola bars! It’s great! But honestly, my favorite part is that I get to add to my wall of inspiration. After every “race” I do (5k, tri, mudrun, dash to the end of the driveway to catch the mailman, etc) I hang my bib up on the wall. Eventually, the plan is to print out pics from each event to hang with them, but for now, here there they are, my own little “trophies”, right next to my treadmill. It helps keep me going when I feel like bailing on a workout. These aren’t posted in my front hallway, so that everyone who rings the doorbell trying to sell me a new lawn care service can see them. They are in the little room in the basement which has just enough room for a treadmill, an elliptical machine, a small tv and a fan. Almost no one goes in there but me (and Anthony when he wants to “work out with Mommy”). This is not for anyone else. This is MY wall, to remind me of what I have done. I clearly remember that I am the girl who could BARELY run (or,eh, jog slowly and painfully) for 30 seconds straight when I first started training. Now, I can do this:
Makes me proud.
So next weekend I am repeating the first race I ever participated in. One year ago(!) I ran (more like a slow motion jog) the entire thing. I was CRAZY slow, it was agonizing, but I did it. And now, I’m about to do it AGAIN. I’m excited and honestly a little nervous. This will be my first true side by side comparison of any progress I have made over a 12 month span, and while I know that this is not the only thing I have done in that time frame, I really want to show myself that I am better than I was a year ago. That all of the work I have done in the interim has made a difference. When you see yourself and your ups and downs on a day to day basis, it’s hard to gauge the progress of a year. This is a very real way for me to do it. So here’s hoping that it all has made a difference!
Do any of you have a wall of fame, or another way you motivate and congratulate yourself? Shout it out! Share a pic! And btw, if anyone has any running tips, PLEASE comment and share them!!!
And now, for your enjoyment, some silly race day pictures: