One of the reasons I’ve strayed from running in the past involves the lack of desire to accomplish new feats. The first time I ran a ten-minute mile, I had no desire to go for a nine-minute mile. As I get more confident in my running, I’ve been asked if I’ve considered upping my distance and signing up for a ten miler or half marathon. I’ve thought about me, maybe if just so I can put a cool “13.1” sticker on the back of my Subaru. Truth be told, I have more desire to have the bragging rights about running a half than I do about the actual act of running one.
October brings three races for me. The first is the Color Run. Liam and I did it the first year it came to Providence. Four years later, he still asks to do another one. I refused to spend the full $44.99 each for us to participate. (Seriously, I could take him to Edaville for the day and only spend $54.) When the Color Run offered $19.99 tickets, I signed us up. I remember talking to my friend after completing it for the first time; we made a goal that we would train and be able to run it the following year. We made the goal for the sake of making it, knowing full-well that we would not train for this. Even though Liam and I will walk most of it, I am proud to know that I could run it. I love seeing progress. Also, Mike and Liam have so many common interests (Legos, airplanes, etc).
My next race it the Jamestown Bridge Run. This is a four-mile race. I keep saying that I am going to get around to running four miles before the race, but I always stop just after three. Since it is three weeks away, I need to get on this. Since it’s a bridge, the beginning of the race involves running uphill. I’ve been told that there are so many people participating that it is difficult to run around the walkers. I am okay with this. I’ve always been intrigued by this race and am beyond thankful that a few friends and I are doing this one. Since signing up for the race, I’ve driven over the bridge a few times, wondering what possessed me to think this was a good idea. I know I will complete the race, but I’m not sure this one become one I do each year.
The Monster Dash is the following weekend. I’m really looking forward to this one. A lot of the BRG folks attend. I’m still deciding whether or not to wear a costume. I have my Pickachu costume that I wore for this year’s plunge . I could easily run in this one. Because I am not a fast runner, I wonder how much attention I want to put on myself.
I was not planning to run three races next month. I’m glad my schedule and budget allowed it. For now, I am perfectly happy being a 5K runner. I am proud that my training allows me to complete the race non-stop. I’m proud that I was able to complete my first race within my forty minute goal. I’m working on completing them faster and wondering if the upcoming cooler weather will help in these goals. I still challenge myself by trying to run fast and playing with intervals. My runs fit into my schedule and leave me feeling accomplished. The future may bring a desire for longer distances. For now, this will be enough.