I promise running won't be all I post about, but I'm just so excited! I signed up for Color Me Rad in May. I think it'll be good that this is my first race because it's fun (hello color!) and it's untimed. I was also able to use a Groupon for it, so it was half price! I don't think I would have done it otherwise. Maybe when I'm a better runner I'll be willing to spend more money on a run, but not yet.
If you'll be in Wichita on May 4 and want to join me, feel free to put in my last name (Alley) on the form. I'd love to have people to run with!
Now, considering I only managed to do a full day of C25K two days ago part of me is also a little scared, but I'm trying to shush that part and only be confident. My current running plan is to run after Jarrod gets home from work (so I don't have to take Quinn out in the chilliness) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and then to go out either by myself or with Quinn on Saturdays. I'm still in need of some more pumped up running music, so let me know what you like por favor.
So, I was gonna post a picture of my route here, but can't figure out how to get one without street names. Since I run near where I live, I'd rather not just post that wherever. Know that Google Maps says it's about 1.6 miles though.
Things I Need Before May:
White Shirt -- Duh, I'm hoping I can use the vinegar trick and get the color to stay too. I think I'm gonna get a screen printed one with my "team" name.
White Pants/Shorts -- Also a duh. I'm not sure if I'll be able to run in shorts (chub rub knows me too well) but we'll see.
White Tall Socks -- I think it'll just look fun, haha.
Cheap (but good) Running Shoes -- No way I'm even possibly ruining my (slightly) expensive running shoes.
the Ability to Run 3.1 Miles -- Haha, I know I can walk the 5K but I don't want to.
On a more serious note, I've mentioned before that I have anxiety. I don't think I've really gone in depth about how bad it can be, and to be honest I don't really want to, but I have to say that since I've started running I have been feeling so much better. I'm happier and more optimistic and there are significantly less times that I feel like I should just give up on everything. Most of the times that I feel absolutely helpless are when Quinn wakes up in the middle of the night and just will not let me get back to sleep for one reason or another. I've bawled my eyes out, quietly so as not to wake her, more times than I can count because I've just felt like there was no answer. Even though it's only been a week of running, I already feel so much better when that happens. I didn't really even notice a change at first, but Jarrod pointed it out to me. He said I seemed like my old self and I hadn't even realized how bad my new self had gotten. So, that's just another reason why I'm so excited for running.