So I'm running this little race.
My 5th marathon and 1st ultramarathon. This one is a 50K. I picked it because it would be a good opportunity to run an ultra that was a road race and not a trail race. I've got no skillz in trail running. Not yet anyway. It came at just the right time after my Houston training so it's not like I was starting from scratch. Houston was basically my longest run and I tapered from there. We'll see how that works. Fingers crossed.
Am I nervous? Uh, well, I guess I should be. But I'm just dumb enough to not be scared. In my mind it's only 5 more miles. What's 5 more miles, right? Well, if you had asked me that about mile 22 of my last marathon I would have give you lazer eyes. I promise I'm going to slow down a teensy bit after Cowtown.
Okay, teensy might be an exaggeration. I did schedule my first 5K of the season for the very next weekend. I know, I know, crazy town. It's a very small local race benefitting the high school. It was only $19 to enter and I figure I'll run slow enough to se the bar real low. Room for improvement, right?
My training has gone well, relatively pain free. I've managed to stay flu free. Let's hope that I can stay that way the rest of the week. So now I only need to worry about the logistics of getting there and, finally and most importantly, what to wear.
I bought a cute new pink shirt for Houston. But didn't wear it because it turned out to be about a thousand degrees so I opted for a tank instead. Now, I have lots of grubby old tanks. But only one that is super cute, fits really nicely and makes me feel fast. And I wore that for my last race. With, the saggy, baggy, too big shorts that have now been relegated to a box in the closet.
A quick peek at Runningwarehouse.com and lookee what I see...
Cuteness in the form of the Nike Apple Green collection. This is my most favorite tank, the Nike Pacer. Cause y'all know I'm a Nike girl. Through and through.
And here are the shorts I tried on in gray a while back. But couldn't find in my size. Um, how cute are THESE? Very, the answer is very. Annnd, how cute would these apple green short looks with a bubble gum pink top? Please note that they are NOT Nike Tempo. A departure for sure. Here's hot pants make me run faster.
Of course, I'll wear the traditional double pink bow. And prolly a pink hat if it is raining. Which it just might. And my pink Zensah leg hugs. So you know I'll be sporting plenty o' pink. No worries there.
Other than my fashion conundrums, I'm just trying to be all chill this week. Went to yoga yesterday and today. I'll run tomorrow and Thursday. And more yoga Wednesday and Friday. Lots of extra water and sleep. Desperately trying to keep the drama at bay. Carb loading like the semi-pro that I am.
And some reflection. Reflection on why I'm running this crazy long race in the first place. On what I'm trying to prove to myself. I do have a lot to prove and I'm very hopeful that I'll find it out on that course.
And as I cross that finish line (and I will cross that finish line) I'll carry with me this verse, this verse that I've carried in my heart for months now.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I'm not afraid.