Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sign Me Up

Oh bloggy friends...I have just officially signed up for my first race on May 10th. Now, before you get too excited, I should tell you that it is only a 4 mile race :) For the under-achiever living in me....that is perfection! There is also coffee and bagels at the end...yeah...like I said, perfection. It's Heth's fault, really. She made it sound so fun that I couldn't resist. She also mentioned the coffee...a lot.
I have talked my other friend, Jenni, into running with me (at a slacker pace, of course) I have set my goals low, so that I may achieve them! Run without dying...that's my goal. I think that's a good first race goal. Heth will probably have enjoyed a pot of coffee and 2 bagels and be back home before I cross the finish line...she's a speedy little thing. Can I officially call myself a "racer" cause seriously...that's just funny.
I started running a year ago in January. I happened to be eating (at McDonalds) with a new friend and she mentioned she ran. For some strange reason, I did something totally out of character and blurted out that we should run together! I left McDonald's that day and headed out and bought new running shoes. So unlike me. I say it's out of character because I seriously do not enjoy running...never have. I ran cross country and track my freshman and sophomore years in high school (for social reasons) and despised the running the whole time.

Now, we run together 3 mornings a week at 6 AM. Every time the alarm goes off, I think to myself..."you are crazy." Every. Single. Time. But knowing that she is going to be waiting outside, gets me out of my nice warm bed. Afterwards...I'm always glad I did it. But getting out of bed, never gets easier. Never.

I still do not enjoy running. *Smiles* People say you get "bit" by it...but I haven't :) I love chatting with my friend while I run...and it really is a good stress reliever, but the actual running...I am not in love with. But, like it or not...I need it. My clothing tells me I need it...because when I stop running...somehow the dryer shrinks all my clothes! That's my theory.

What does training look like for a slacker runner, you ask!?! It means I have to actually be putting in 4 miles at a time :) That's pretty much it. Oh, and it also involves one of these cute little numbers...
A running skirt! This isn't actually a picture of me in mine..it's from google images:) Mine is just plain gray...and I haven't had a chance to wear it yet...but I'm sure it will help me run faster and longer on race day...I'm sure of it.

16 comments:

  1. I'm impressed that you can have a conversation and run at the same time! I am not a runner. I am a walker. I have an appointment with my treadmill at 5 am Mon- Fri. However I have to admit I've been standing her up several times a week.

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  2. you'll do awesome!! way to go. i have always wanted to do it- just cause of the name of the race... but well i am the biggest wimp of a runner you'll ever meet! but bagels at the end sounds so inviting!

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  3. If the skirt doesn't help you run faster at least you'll be stylin'! Wonder if they give awards for cutest outfit?!?!

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  4. I was gonna call you today to ask about the skirt! why haven't you tried it!?!?!? it is soo cute!

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  5. I can't wait! It's going to be so fun and you will do awesome.

    Skirts are so fun!

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  6. How very exciting! You will do well I'm sure and you definitely look cute while you are at it.

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  7. Loved the skirt, but it seems a strange combination to me, skirts and running! I guess I am beginning to see how I would bennefit. It would hide the shorts bunching up between the thighs! HATE THAT!! (and I know it happens to skinny girls too. Skinny girls with thighs that is) Don't want to wear "Daisy Duke" shorts, cant stand wearing pants to exercise... guess I'll have to get one too. We'll call mine a walking skirt, at least until my broken foot heals up and gets strong enough to endure my short jogging stints:-) The even hem line is a definate plus!
    You should get a commision!

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  8. haha! I remember our track and cross country days! Everytime I smell spring I feel like I should be doing sprints and getting yelled at by Mr. Pollit!

    Seriously though, good job! I started running again a few years ago (obviously not currently) and I did a 10K a few times. So you can handle this!

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  9. I am in the category that if you look good then all will go well. Like if you have a good hair day the sun shines a little brighter. SO, having a super cute running skirt should help make the miles pass a little more quickly!
    4 miles you say....... I would need a SUPER cute shirt too. And fancy running shoes. And NEED to have a good hair day!
    Thinking of you at 6 AM,
    Stephanie

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  10. Woohoo! You can do it! :)

    I never liked running in cross country either. But, if I can go at my own leisurely pace, it's not so bad.

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  11. this is the jenni that is crazy- in-the-head and running with adorable sarah. however, i'm wearing crusty old gym shorts :) i, too, am in it for the bagels and coffee.

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  12. You go, girl! See Sarah run. Run, Sarah, run! See Sarah finish the race looking waayyy cool in her new running skirt that I just kinda envied. Share, Sarah, share. LOL!

    I'm way impressed that you can run 4 miles at a time, and even more impressed that you've kept at it for a year when you really don't like it! Such stick-to-it-iveness. Yea for Sarah's discipline!

    Keep us in the loop on race prep and outcome. We'll be cheering you on from the sidelines...way, way down the sidelines... :-D
    -J
    P.S. Tried to post this last night, but Blogger wasn't having it... :-}

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  13. You even accessorize running! I just love it!!

    Good luck!

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  14. Did you just say "run only 4 miles"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I walked around Wal-Mart this week...that may be as close as I will get to a 4 mile run - I so admire you guys!

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