Friends, family, loved ones. I’ve officially lost my mind.
I’m actually trading these….
For those of y’all that know me, you know that I pretty much only run when chased. Running is so not my thing. However, despite these known facts, on November 21, 2009 the Tar Heel and I will be headed to Chapel Hill for the Eve Carson Memorial 5K where we are actually planning to participate in the race. The whole crazy shenanigan of an idea got started because I am pretty involved in the NC Triangle Alumnae club, and the Eve Carson 5K is co-sponsored by the NC Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi. What began as a simple way to support my sisters and remember a wonderful person turned into a crazy, insane, “I think I can do this” challenge to myself. Don’t get me wrong, the past few weeks that I have been training (or trying to train, anyway) I have really learned a lot about myself and how great it feels to push my athletic limits. However, after about the 2 mile mark, I’m without fail hating myself and thinking “I am positively crazy for doing this to myself.” That always lasts for a few seconds, and then I get to the “but HEY, since you’re this far already…..” and keep on goin’. At first, the Tar Heel’s involvement was more or less my attempt at getting motivated to really try and do well in this race. Now, the idea of not dying before crossing the finish line is my main motivating factor. Afterwards is fair game, though. So I’m glad he’s going to be there to revive me should I collapse, or something.
Honestly, I love that the Tar Heel is willing to do something so crazy with me. I’m not gonna lie, our competitive natures have a little something to do with making this crazy idea–dare I say it?–fun.
If anyone is interested, you can learn more about the race and even register online, here: Eve Carson Memorial 5K. So far there are 427 runners signed up, and around 600 ran last year. I’m hoping even more will turn out for this year!
This is my challenge to YOU: please pray for me! No, literally, pray for me! I’m asking specifically for prayers of remaining injury-free and for continued motivation for the race. Thanks in advance. :)
I promise to write an update after the race with standings (maybe) and pictures (definitely).