OK… this is my disclaimer to this post… it’s meant to be a fun thought process/commentary and not meant to offend anyone who enjoys the following events… ( you should be hearing this in like a…. Morgan Freeman voice 😉
I’m semi-squinting at the screen ’cause I had my eyes dilated today and it totally
makes me feel awesome jacks with my head the rest of the day/evening. I look like an owl for the next 24 hours….I’ll do my best to keep typos and such to a minimum 😉
I came into running all the wrong way.
I wasn’t a school track athlete. I wasn’t a trendy 20 something wanting to be cool and do the “jogging” thing in the 80’s.
The idea of running for the sole purpose of… running….. was a completely foreign concept to me.
But then as I’ve shared with you in other posts, it just kinda evolved, and then, one day…
I’m a runner.
I was a runner who was popping off 6-7 mile runs as the normal routine. I mean, isn’t that what you did ? I was happy in my new little running world oblivious of things like intervals, and tempo runs and hill repeats or being happy with negative splits (what was that ??)
Hills anyone ?
THEN….. one day… a well meaning friend said…..
“You should run the Rock n Roll half marathon in November”
I laughed. I told her other people did it, not me.
And when I stopped laughing she said, “well, you’re already running over half the distance.”
That was June and by July I had committed and was officially registered for my first half marathon.
I trained myself and took it on in November. I couldn’t believe I actually ran 13.1 miles.
I’ve learned a lot since then. I follow a structured training plan now (thank you Hal Higdon) I’ve learned lots of running terms, become particular about what I like to run in, and learned how my body responds to various things.
I also learned this: most people start with a 5K as a first race…. not a half marathon… haha
Like I said….. I came into this running thing
kicking and screaming in not the most conventional way.
All this to say, I’ve taken what I do pretty seriously since I started. I’m intense and every run matters to me. I am horribly competitive with myself…. and hard on myself to.
When I sign up for a race, I’m serious about it. Yeah, I get the world won’t stop spinning based on my performance, I’m still kind of intense about it.
That competitive thang…..
Which brings me to these other “runs” that are cropping up faster than weeds in the spring time.
Color Runs, Foam, Neon, Music, Inflatables, Zombies, Mud, Obstacles……
I’ve been invited to participate in them all. I haven’t….yet….
Can I breathe this out loud ?
I guess, that serious, competitive part of me is focused on running and so many of these seem like a big party.
Nothing wrong with that. People running happy in costumes, snapping selfies, no worries about PR’s or negative splits. Running is in addition to other stuff going on.
This is what I decided one day. I fall into the “serious” runner category…. not the play category.
I mean someday I’d like to do a Tough Mudder or Spartan runs… that let’s your total athletic self get used…. but then I think… what if I injured myself in mud…or on a barb wire fence 😉 it would mess me up running.
See? Serious runner.
As a runner, I’ve tackled multiple half marathons, two fulls, and a 50K run this Saturday. To me, personally, these aren’t fun and game distances.
When I mention this to my fun running friends they get this deer in the headlights look on their face and laughingly tell me……. I’m crazy.
Maybe I am…. I kinda prefer the word…serious though 😉 although, crazy IS a pretty cool compliment to a runner…..
What do you think? If you’re a runner do you consider yourself “serious” ? or do you just like to go do something fun and playful? Do you see a difference ?
Have you ever done a fun run ?
3 thoughts on “50K’s, Color Runs and Mud”
Very well written and no typos either ha! 😉 And you are so not cray-cray just a runner who know what she want out of herself. I also consider myself a “serious” runner and while I can my #1 one concern with running is challenging myself to run faster each despite getting older, chase that ever elusive sub-20 5K, and get better everyday. Maybe I’ll do one of those “fun” “Party” run when like 80 and slowed down on “serious” running 😉 And I love that you jumped straight to the long distances races for you first experience in racing. That means your one of those against conventional wisdom runners much like myself 😉 I hope those owl eyes are getting better 😉 xoxo
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Yes… owl eyes improving 😉 I want to run faster too… I realize sometimes I just get in that comfort zone and need to seriously push myself outta it. Once I recover from my 50K, I’m going to start doing some very intentional speed work to see if I can drop my numbers some. I want to get my half under 2:00. Ha… I like the idea of waiting till 80 to do a fun run 😛
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I know right! We could race it together with out walkers for balance ha! 😉
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