Last year at this time I was eagerly awaiting jetting off to Phoenix where a few of us were going to run the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon! Wow, time flies...
This year, well, nothing as exciting (yet), I am however, running a 5K to kick off the season at the Richmond Road Race and then the Hypothermic Half Marathon on January 25th. Yes, I have started back running albeit slowly, so no personal bests in store and really who runs that fast in the dead of winter anyway?
On Friday night I woke up at 3am and was totally stressing out about everything...running, going back to work, winter, just everything....so I lay there and stressed, but luckily there are always a ton of books on my nightstand so I grabbed one at random and began reading. The author (whom I can't recall at the moment) was discussing the trials and tribulations he was experiencing as an older runner, talk about a light bulb moment. Everything he was describing was happening with me....I don't need to run "fast", I just need to run for fun and if speed happens, then WOW. As you know I was struggling with getting my butt out the door and I truly believe that most of that was the fear of not being as fast as when I ran in September. Who cares? Certainly not me...so Saturday morning I headed out and had a tough struggle at the beginning, it was only 5K, but worked it out....Sunday, I headed out and ran a fun, stress free 7K....I'm finding my Mojo!!!
If you have been reading my sidebar, you'll have noticed a link for "The Shirt That Races"...well, I'm so very excited to tell you, I'm NEXT!!! The shirt started with Vickie and is travelling across North America! It will be arriving from Nikki in time for my Half Marathon!! How great is that? Thanks to Nikemom, for getting this started and allowing our running community get to know one another!!!
Also, (I know you're thinking, "will she ever shut up"), well no, because I received an email from my good friend Tom over at The Runners' Lounge asking if I'd try out some laundry products called "Get the Stink Out" for my running clothes. He emphatically declared that it wasn't because he thought I smelled stinky or anything. Well, that's what he told me.............so, I'm looking forward to receiving some of the products and I'll be posting my opinion after I've used them...stay tuned. Also, I'd like to thank Tom for the fantastic Runners' Lounge shirt I received before Christmas. Thank you so very much and thank you too Xenia, for "pumping me up" over at the Lounge.
One more item to let you know about is, Tom and Amy are putting together running stories in a Book About Running. Check it out and certainly send them any of your input about your running experiences. They would love to hear from you!!
Well, I've robbed enough company time, so I'll head off to get a coffee now....
Life's fun if you don't weaken,