“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lessons Learned from Today's 5K

I learned a few new lessons about myself this morning:
  1. I can stand the heat cold.
  2. I never feel guilty about going for a run.
  3. I look ridiculous in a running beanie.

1.  I can stand the heat cold.  Holy Crap it was cold out there this morning - 29 at race start!  I was really not looking forward to running in weather that cold, and had been waffling about running the race all week.  I finally sucked it up and went.  I didn't freeze, and I ended up running my second best 5K time yet!

2. I never feel guilty about going for a run.  Note the comment in #1 about waffling all week.  I kept thinking "Who would it hurt if I just ate the registration fee, skipped the race, and ran 3.1 miles inside on the treadmill?"  The answer I kept coming back to was ME, that's who!  I also figured it wouldn't be a good way to start the year if I skipped a race called a Resolution Run!!!  I always feel guilty if I purposefully skip a run, but never do if I just get out there and do it.

3. I look ridiculous in a running beanie.  I won a raffle at the Reindeer Run 5K in December where the prize included a running beanie with a hole for a ponytail - very cool!  Normally I don't like running in hats - I prefer a visor - but it was so cold, I jumped at the opportunity to try out this new gear/accessory.  It worked well, and was very comfortable, but made me look ridiculous.  I'll keep it in reserve for the times like today's race when it's definitely a case of function over form!

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  1. I'm sure you didn't look as ridiculous as you think you did! lol Great job on the 5K!! :0)

  2. You're so sweet, but - ohhhhh, yes I did! I just don't have to face shape (too round) to pull off the look. The couple pictures they took on course that I just got to see only confirm what I already knew. They are so bad, I'm not even going to put them on the scrapbook page for the race! However, the beanie got the job done in that it kept me warm, so it gets to stay in my running wardrobe (at least for now)!