Why do I say that I'm addicted to running? The fact that having just run my first half marathon, I've gone ahead and scheduled almost monthly half marathon races since returning from my first in Disneyland not even 2 weeks ago. Since I started running I've either started planning trips around races or looked for running routes in areas that I am visiting. I'm on several running themed Facebook groups and when a new race pops up one of the first questions in my mind is, "Wow, that race looks cool. I wonder how I can swing that trip/race?" At least I'm not alone in this addiction! Many of my Facebook running friends admit that they have similar behaviors. There's been many a night that we'll end up posting almost endlessly about a particular race looking to share expenses, where to stay, what the race bling (finisher's medals) looks like, etc. We tease each other with "Yes, go ahead and sign up...you know you want to!" Or giving reports on how well or how badly a race went/was organized.
Other than the cost of this addiction (race fees can range from $15 to $150) plus travel and lodging if needed, this is a healthy addiction...at least that's the way I see it! So, in honor of this addiction here's a little prayer that I wrote last night after a couple of us were working on how to swing adding another trip to Disneyland, in the most cost effective manner, for the Disneyland Half Marathon to be held during Labor Day weekend.
The Newly Addicted Runner's Prayer
Dear running gods...
Especially those dealing with newly addicted runners.
Please provide me with the prudent judgement to make wise choices in adjusting my 2012 race schedule...
Allow me to choose races that I can both afford and finish
And let me not get sucked into the whirlpool of mania and addictive behavior that I'm known for at times. Amen
100 Days Challenge:
- Day 40
- 10.44 mile run in 2:20:12
- 40 oz G2
- 1 whole wheat Bagel Thin
- 1 Tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
- 12 oz low fat chocolate milk
- 4 - 3" hot dog sliders with ketchup/mustard
- 1½ cups battered french fries
- 24 oz Sprite
- 1 Clif energy gel - Chocolate
- 1/3 of leftover baked potato from last night
Just a brief note today. Feeling okay, no major changes and still feeling fairly tired. Didn't actually take a nap bur probably should have. Took a dose immediately before after my run, no significant change noted...feet still a tad tender post run almost 12 hours since last dose. Not really feeling anything significantly changed. I have a 12-13 mile run set for Saturday, we'll see what happens then.