I was talking with a friend this past weekend about a race he plans on running. An 8K, he said, about 5 miles. (I didn’t even know they offered 8Ks, to be honest.) He sent me the site, and I laughed at the title: Run! Geek! Run! (Because no real runner would sign up for something so short. Our mutual friend even said, “I don’t pay for anything less than a 10K.”) But, in agreeing to do the 8K with him, I was reminded that running a race was actually one of my New Year’s Resolutions. Back in January. And it’s nearly October now. I may be a little behind schedule.
- I wanted to go to trapeze school up in Baltimore. I’ve done it twice now.
- I wanted to read more for fun. I joined a book club. (Next up: Catch-22)
- I wanted to start doing yoga again. In addition to classes, I’ve started incorporating yoga stretches and positions into my daily workouts.
And all of those things have either made me happier day-to-day (cue the sappy music) or challenged me by taking me out of my comfort zone. Let me tell you, standing on the edge of a platform, holding onto a bar, and then flying through the air with just a net below you…not the most comfortable thing.
So maybe this upcoming race will challenge me. Not necessarily because the distance is so long, but because running against other people will make me go just a little bit faster, push a little bit harder, and want it a little bit more. And who knows, maybe I’ll eventually work my way up to a marathon. Baby steps.
Next challenge? Skydiving. Who’s in?
*I can’t take full credit for this quote, but I can’t for the life of me think of where it came from.