I hope you guys are enjoying a peek into my life as much as I am enjoying sharing with you!
Most of you know – I started working for a new company in January and it’s been AWESOME. They place a high value on our company culture and work hard at creating and maintaining it. …L.U.V. that.
This spring, two of my coworkers began running at lunch. I watched them leave every day to run… and thought… “Man, I wish I could do that!” … And after a couple weeks, I found myself asking “Man, why don’t I do that?” Honestly… I didn’t have a good answer. So I vowed to bring my clothes and join in.
…and that’s exactly what I did!
Fast-forward through a summer than consistently saw temps soar into the 100′s and guess what - the majority of weeks we still ran 4-5 days/week. Booyah! Those ladies PUSHED me and made me realize I CAN do it.
Do I like to run?
Short answer – NO.
Long answer – SOMETIMES. I don’t hate it… but I haven’t totally caught the bug yet. I dread running on really hot days. It’s brutal in our Missouri humidity. But when I’m out there, pushing myself… and realizing I am capable… it’s pretty fun.
If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably saw some photos from The Color Run in St. Louis last month. It was my FIRST 5K and OH SO MUCH FUN!!! I ran with my coworker Danieal, who always reminds me to “keep breathing”. (Trust me, when I first starting running with these gals – those were wise words to hear!)
Everyone starts the race in a white shirt. ….but we didn’t stay that way for long! Every kilometer, they douse you in colored cornstarch, effectively rendering us running-tie-dyed-humans. How fun!
As you can see – there was quite the crowd! The event sold out with 15,000 runners. Insane. We were in the last wave to go, but there was still plenty of energy in the crowd!
We snapped some pics along the way… and yes, that’s a sea of people in white running down the hill after us!
It was definitely a family event… I might even venture to say that only about 1/3 of the people (if that) were actually running it. But that’s okay! It was kind of fun weaving my way in, out and around people as we jogged along. Took me back to my days of playing with micromachines and zipping them around. Don’t act surprised that I played with Micro-machines…. Normalcy has never been my thing.
After the race, it’s a color free-for-all! Every racer has a packet of color and they encourage people to gather together near the DJ/Stage for color tosses. Just imagine being in the middle of a huge POOF of color… and that’s about it! I took this video as we were leaving. Thought it might give you an idea of just how much color went up in the air (about every 20 minutes!).
How cool right?!
I want to take a second to say a HUGE Thank you to Danieal and Lynn for pushing me every day to run harder and further. You girls are AWESOME!
If you don’t follow me on Facebook, you jusssst might want to! Lynn and I are running the St. Louis Warrior Dash this weekend. EEEEEK! This girl = nervous! But I’m not going to let a little mud, barbed wire and fire stop me…
I hope you’ll all tackle something you’ve convinced yourself that you couldn’t do. We’re all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credits for. Don’t hold back… just jump in! You really CAN do it! Let my non-running-loving-self be proof.