Ah Ha Moment
I went out for beers with the other coaches from my running program last week. While we were out we got to chatting about the back of the pack runners (BOP), the group I coach, the runners like me. All of the other coaches are MUCH faster than I am in their regular lives. We were talking about what is next for the BOP runners in our program and what options they have within the running club. I joked about how we aren’t as serious in the back, we are just happy to finish. Then one of the other coaches said something that really struck me. “I actually have the most respect for the people who are slower. If you are running a 15/16 minute mile, you are out there for longer than the faster people. On long runs, you can be out there for HOURS longer. That takes a lot of mental fortitude. I’m fast, mostly because I was built that way at birth, but the people running at the back, who are naturally slower, have to build up a mental toughness that I don’t have and don’t know if I could cultivate. It is really impressive”.
I had never thought about it that way. It is true though. Even on a 5 mile run, my pace group finishes at least half an hour after the faster pace groups. We are out there longer. I can’t speak to whether or not running is easier for fast people, but I can tell you it is hard for slow people. I think if you are doing it right, it is hard for everyone. I have always looked up to the fast people, but she was right. So much about how fast you can run is dictated the day you are born. I am not built to be fast. I never will be. I accepted that a long time ago. But what I can work on is how my brain handles the fact that I’m slow. That takes almost as much work as the running itself, but I’m up to the challenge.
Sorry to anyone who got spiggity spammed by me.
Changing my password if I can figure out how (thanks for being stupid Tumblr app).
More lovely San Diego. When I travel for work I usually feel unmotivated to go out and do things after work, but there’s a foot of snow at home and I would be an asshole if I didn’t take advantage of being here.
I’m I’m San Diego for work. So much nicer than the snowy East Coast!! Here the dealio in pictures: 1.) the view from my room is amazeballs. Thanks for the upgrade Hilton! 2.) yeah those are flip flops! Makes me so excited for spring! I missed you old friends. 3.) tiny 5k being held down below. Thought about going down and running it but stayed in bed instead (shocker).
Stay warm friends on America’s East Coast!
I ordered these on West Elm SUPER on sale (like $19 for all 3). They are huge. I thought the big one was for a pillar candle and the small ones were like tea light sized. Ha! I need to learn to read. They are lovely but where am I gonna put them? Ha!
Not Even Ashamed.
I ate enough Lean Cuisines to earn this set of “Beverage Sleeves” (#DeliciousRewards). I will tell you that I had to eat over 40 Lean Cuisines over the course of about a year to earn these beauties. I’m pretty proud of myself. It’s like I won a prize. In an eating contest. You can go ahead and be jealous. You know you are. I’m gonna look so hot drinking coffee with one of these things. It will feel even better because I EARNED them. By eating delicious Lean Cuisines.
*This isn’t a sponsored post. I promise. I just really like Lean Cuisines. HA!
Monday Morning Musings
UGGGGGHHHH. It’s Monday. As most of you know, i double hate my job. So I decided that I would do a quick weekend recap. Maybe the memories of the Good Times will help me power through the terrible (aka my job).
Here’s the Best of The Weekend:
1.) Friday — A 5th Birthday Party for my incredible niece. She is the cutest and funniest 5 year old I know. It is so amazing to watch her grow up and become her own little person. It was really nice to spend time with my family and my best female friend from College (who is basically family so she comes to the holidays).
2.) THE WEATHER — It. Was. Gorgeous. This. Weekend. I know I said it already, but it was incredible. Temps over 60, windows open, long walks with the beast.
3.) Saturday — Saturday I coached my running group. The weather brought out a lot of people who haven’t shown up for runs for several weeks. We had 8+1(x6) on the schedule. That’s run 8 minutes, walk a minute, repeat 6 times. That ends up being quite a lot for beginning runners who have skipped their runs for several weeks. We took it pretty slow and everyone finished! Afterwards we headed to Starbucks for some hilarious conversation. I love my running group and I’m so glad I decided to coach! I definitely would have been one of the people who didn’t show for the last few weeks if I wasn’t expected to be there.
4.) Saturday Afternoon — Impromptu Lunch! My gay boyfriends came in from the city to pick out some items for their newly renovated kitchen. They never come out to the ‘burbs so this was a nice treat. We went for Pho and then FroYo where I ate all the calories and laughed all the laughs.
5.) Nice Long Walk with the Beast — I got to take two of these this weekend. The weather has been such that we literally couldn’t go walking. It was making her (and me) a little depressed. We both were in dire need of some vitamin D.
6.) TV & Cleaning — I got a chance to clear out my DVR AND clean up my house. Win and WIN.
7.) Sunday Night — I met my friends from High School for dinner! We haven’t hung out in YEARS. At the end of 2013 we all ran into each other at a funeral (sad) and decided we needed to do a better job at being friends. It was nice to be with them. We had family style Italian. Whoa. Too many food. Worth it. BUT…I just checked my bank account. It was overdrawn by $50. Why?? Because the restaurant charged my card for $95 instead of $35. Yeah, I know I’m running it a little close with the bank account, but I maintain a SUPER strict budget. Every dollar goes somewhere important, but clearly, I need to put a cushion in there.
SOOOO…this was longer than I thought it would be but it’s cool. Do I feel better about Monday? Yeah, I do a little! Hope yours is better too!