T-Minus 5 Days

So the Foam Fest is on Saturday. THIS Saturday. A 5K run with all sorts of crazy obstacles thrown in “for fun.” About a month ago, I started training for this thing and decided that my goal was “not to die.”

Good news! I totally think I’m going to make my goal. Go me!

I’m happy to say that this whole running thing has been going… surprisingly well. It’s become part of the routine. About 3 times per week, I wake up at 4:55am (OMG I KNOW) and meet Audrey at the park at 5:20am. I’ve never been a morning person, and this is admittedly rough. BUT. Running in the morning puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day, AND means my evenings are free for writing. The only downside is that I’m typically exhausted by 9:00pm. But I try to remind myself that there are only so many hours in the day, and if this is what it takes to get shit done… well, this is what it takes then.

Can I tell you how much I love RunKeeper? It is the one and only app that I have ever paid money for (there’s a free version, but I wanted the elite one because STATS AND GRAPHS, people!). It has been SUCH a great motivator for me. I find myself thinking, “Damn it, I need to go for a run today so I can log the miles on RunKeeper.” I mean, whatever works, right?

(Also? It’s a HUGE motivator when people in your life are on the Fitness Train, too. Byron killed it in a 5K race on Saturday — which of course just makes me want to keep running and do better.)

Did I mention stats and graphs?

RunKeeper graph - Buffalo Writes

BOOYAH! Not gonna lie, I feel pretty damn proud looking at this. Yeah, I’m still pretty slow, but I AM getting faster. THE GRAPH TELLS ME SO. And, plus? I feel better, stronger. Isn’t that the goal of this whole thing?

So yes — I am feeling good about my goal of living through the Foam Fest. I’m a little weary of the obstacles, but at least the running part won’t kill me. And after Foam Fest? We need a new goal. I want to reach 10-minute miles. Which right now seems SO SO fast to me — but I totally think I can hit it. I’m feeling good about this, guys. The runner’s high is going strong.

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