I just did something absolutely, beyond mad-hatter crazy today... I mean, just BONKERS. Ok, you ready??!? (I sure hope I am...ha.)
I signed up for my first 5K... and here's the kicker... it's TOMORROW!!!
I shall start at the beginning...
So I woke up early today and had nothing of the sort on my mind about no 5K. On top of that, I did a really good run yesterday so my whole body was sore. I got out of bed, tight, and creaking and cracking... (lol). I immediately said to myself... "today is definitely a rest day". Then I brushed my teeth, stretched, made some tea and checked my email. **My email, by the way, was inundated with emails from MIH 2010... after one day! (laughing) Wow. More on that later... you guys are great.**
So I'm on my email and check up on one of my meetup groups I newly signed up for the day before. And low and behold, I found that one of the events was this 5K I've been eyeing since way back when. And then I saw the location (perfect, Miami, close by), the organizers, Publix (I love Publix!), and the date, (oh snap, that's tomorrow?!?) I then half panicked, half theorized.
I thought to myself, "can I do it? Really?" I looked again over the event registration. The registration was still open! Is this fate? That must be fate. Most registration would have closed by now. I looked at the meetup, and at least one person was going, so that was good. I evaluate my body? I'm all limbered up now, I feel pretty good... and I just ran really well for the past week. I look in my calendar, I have nothing major planned for tomorrow evening. I think I actually CAN do this.
So I consulted myself further. I had already put signing up this event off for waaaaaaay tooooooooo loooooooong. Just afraid of a million things. Would I have the registration money? What if something happens to me, I don't have anyone out there. Can I make it that far and finish? Are my present running shoes ok for that? Can I really run a race without my ipod keeping me company (it's not allowed)?
So, I just said, screw it. That meetup event was probably put right in front of my face by God Himself, telling me, "this is for you... this is yours. You can do it." So I scrounged the money together and signed up.
So it's the Publix Family Fitness Weekend Miami Beach 5k Run/Walk. (Yay for the "walk" part...lol)
Saturday, September 4th at around 6pm EST.
I'm going to be out there on my own, so I'm just hoping I can get through it ok. I need all the advice and tips I can get so please, please offer up any. What to bring, how to prepare, what to eat, how to handle post race... anything! I would sooooooooo appreciate it.
The lesson I have to share in all this? I guess it's spontaneity. Spontaneity can be a grievous thing, but it can also be a strength. It can put you right in the middle of situations that you never would have dreamed of (like when I woke up this morning, and now I'm doing this...ha). So I say, whenever it's beneficial, and right, embrace it. It sure can open up a lot of doors, and along this health journey we always have... any spice to the routine mix can push us forward.
So back to the Publix 5K. I know it's just a 5k, but for me, this is my first distance anything, you know? Hence the big deal. The larger event, the Triathlon and Duathlon, are on Sunday. I'm definitely not doing that, but may be inspired. You know, maybe to be 'spontaneous' next year with it. Who knows? (:P) Meantime, I am so excited and so nervous all at the same time. And as soon as I get home from work today, I will start to prepare. Thanks to everyone for your support in advance. Wish me luck!