It has been a few days since my last post, since Saturday’s Huff to be exact. I took Sunday off for recovery and was ready for Monday, the New Year’s Eve party we had all been waiting for. I had to work a half day on Monday and usually I run to release some steam. With that not being possible before making the trek to Missy and Brad’s house, I was wound up and Laura felt the effects. Sorry baby! Not sure why it happens, it just does, most likely contributing to why these crazy ass races make me feel in my element. So, after a 3 1/2 hour drive, we arrived and I instantly got dressed for a little 3 mile run just to clear my head.
As everyone may or may not know, the New Year’s Eve party did not disappoint. It was a crazy insane time with a whole bunch of people who normally led pretty healthy lives all drinking too much and going crazy. If that isn’t family, I don’t know what is….we finally met a few new people and got re-acquainted with the ones we have shared mud, sweat, and blood with. I will not go into detail about the NYE party because that is an entire blog in itself.
We ended up going to bed around 4:00 in morning knowing we needed to get up around 8:00 just to get some breakfast before the Dirt
Runner Polar Dash. And breakfast we had, in a big way! Thank you Candie, Missy, and Tim because that was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had!
On to Dirt Runner and rucking the entire course. It was the best way to spend 3 hours on a 5K course. It was a real pleasure to go through the course at the pace we did enjoying it with people I geniuinely love. That is what people don’t understand about the Corn Fed Spartans. We really look after each other and take care of each other. That was what this was about for us, I think. It was just too bad we didn’t have more. Thanks to Dirt Runner for opening the course to us and thanks to Tim White for having custom medals made which counted as the first bling of the season!
Today I was heading home from work not sure if I was going running or not. I really didn’t want to but knew I should. I am just like everyone, getting back on the horse is not easy. This was one of those days for me. So, I threw on my weight vest, yes with all the weight (60 lbs.), and went for a 5K run in 32:03. I say this because what I believe everyone has inside of them is the ability to tell themselves its happening whether or not they want it to. You don’t want to go running, okay, but we are putting a weight vest on AND
running then. Screw you body!! Running up freaking hills are AWESOME!!! I think endurance events are something my body and mind
crave, not only because of the DNF factor, but because I don’t want to do it. In my opinion, anyone can make it through a 5K race, and does not satisfy my craving. Do a 50k, on trails, in 20 degree weather with snow. Now we’re talking. Who wants in?
Lesson: No one but yourself can push you. If its too hard, its worth doing it. Trust me, when I was younger, I was doubted, judged, and not respected in my abilities much like all of you. You know what I did? Hit the weights, pushed myself over the edge, and took the starting Defensive End position from the guy that was suppose to get it and never gave it back. That feeling is coming back again….