“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”—Neil Gaiman (via lovely—delight)
“Someone once told me a story about long term relationships. To think of them as a continent to explore. I could spend a lifetime backpacking through Africa, and I would still never know all there is to know about that continent. To stay the course, to stay intentional, to stay curious and connected – that’s the heart of it. But it’s so easy to lose track of the trail, to get tired, to want to give up, or to want a new adventure. It can be so easy to lose sight of the goodness and mystery within the person sitting right in front of you.”—Joy Williams (via thatkindofwoman)
I ran anywhere from 3-8 miles 3 times a week. I never loved it, and once I got used to it, I didn’t hate it. I suppose that is why I quit doing it. Things like hiking and lifting seemed like more fun.
This weekend, I got sucked into running a 5K. I’ve never run in an organized event/race. I was a bit nervous and had no idea what to expect. I didn’t do any training other than my normal workout of yoga, lifting, and periodic sprints.
The high temp of the day was 23 degrees, and the low was 3 degrees. It was cold. My outfit consisted of toe socks, Vibrams, leggings, long sleeve wool shirt, zip up fleece, and zip up fleece vest. I didn’t have gloves and I definitely should have worn 2 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of leggings. My toes and fingers both were entirely numb.
Regardless, I finished. And I finished in 31:02 (official time). Which for my slow self, I’m pretty proud of.
It wasn’t the most awesome experience ever. My hip flexors and my calves definitely don’t like me, and I don’t plan on doing another one anytime soon. However, I enjoyed mixing it up. I’m proud of myself for doing something new, and I’m happy I did it.