Hilly Silly Strides
Wait, were you hoping for a dirty post? Read further…you’ll see :)
I don’t know how you see the world, but I spent a better part of my life living in black and white- avoiding every and all shades of gray. Being afraid of uncertainty drove me to see everything from one radical perspective or another. Luckily, I have a much healthier perspective on things but it leaves me with lots of questions. So here are 5 shades of gray I’m wrestling with right now
Saturday’s Race – To run or not to run - I’m signed up to run the SheRuns half marathon on a “very challenging” (their words) course. I decided to test out my preparedness by running 5 miles of hills in the 89 degree weather today. Ankle seems okay, but I was dragging at an 8:30ish pace. This could likely be my first 2 hour + half marathon since 2003 when I ran a 2:01 in Chicago. Can someone say “personal worst”?
Pic from the trail race on Saturday. I’m all Dory from Finding Nemo – “soooo pretty”…. Source
I’m feeling about as prepared to run this as I am to sing the national anthem at a Monday Night football game, so going into a race a physical and mental mess is asking for trouble. Normally I’d be all “small race, let’s take the age group!” about this, but here I am hoping to avoid a DNF and not take longer than 2.5 hours to run the darn thing.
Running Shirtless – To wear or not to wear – At what age and temperature is it not appropriate to run in just your sports bra anymore? Somehow I think I’m starting to fall into that category and need some sort of formula for this.
For the love of the land Heather said it best – we’re in a So Cal heatpocalypse right now…and I’m constantly torn between trying to cool off and having to put Body Glide under my chin to prevent chaffing from my post-baby stomach skin rubbing on my chin with each stride.
Boston – To run or not to run – I’m a mom on a budget and somehow dropping $1,000 for a weekend of racing is hard to justify. I’m starting to feel like it’s going to be, “Hey kids, sorry you’re eating canned beans 3 meals a day for the next 4 months, but Mommy really wants to check this off her bucket list.” Somehow doesn’t seem right.
Can you put a price on this? Honestly, I need to know… Source
White Sports Bras – To buy or not to buy - Are they even worth purchasing? It seems like one run through the wash and mine are 3 shades of gray already. I looked like a dirty athletic hippy trying to get dressed this morning. I told you this post was going to be dirty ;)
Silly Chili – To cook or not to cook – NFL season started and I was sent home from my aunt’s with some leftover tri-tip and a BUNCH of fresh tomatoes. If that doesn’t cry – “Make chili”, I don’t know what does. My children are still confused as to why we were eating piping hot chili when it was 92 degrees out but whatever, let’s just pretend it’s fall.
I hope this post lived up to it’s title – I did talk about being shirtless and got down and dirty after all.
Do you have any advice for me on these categories?
Is Boston worth the dinero?
Will I ever pass go and collect $200?