So yeah, remember that half marathon that my sister is doing back home? Apparently the second fastest course in the country? And the one where I said I wouldn't be ready in time, and it would be too hot and yada yada yada. Well, I did something crazy on Sunday, which was the last day to register, because um the race is less than 4 weeks away:
BOOM! Look who's running a half marathon in 26 days - THIS GIRL!
The truth is, I wanted to run this race with my sister when she first mentioned it, but for the reasons listed above, decided not to. But as the date drew closer I couldn't shrug the urge I felt to run it, regardless of heat or (lack of) training. I certainly haven't been 'training' but I have been slowly upping my mileage and had that great 10 mi run last weekend. This weekend I decided to run 11 mi, which unfortunately felt markedly worse than last week's. My endurance felt ok, but I was hot (I waited way too late to go out Saturday and ended up running at noon - the hottest portion of the day #notwinning) and so it just felt rough and slow.
I do however feel healthy and just excited! It's been too long since I've raced a half, since I wasn't able to commit to anything in the first portion of the year. I have no delusions of a PR but I hope to enjoy it and run the best I can. And I mean some of life's greatest decisions are those made on impulse, right?!? Right! Let's go with it. I pray Sunday, September 7th is unseasonably cool and without a trace of humidity.
As I write this post, I also want to mention the tragic passing of Robin Williams. I was cycling at the gym tonight, when the headline flashed across the TV and I couldn't believe it. He was truly a gifted artist and I think it's terribly sad that sometimes the most creative, artistic people on earth are also the ones that suffer from mental illness because of their sensitive souls. I think I shared once before that one of my favorite movies is Dead Poet's Society, and it is probably the role I will remember him most for (although I do love me some Mrs Doubtfire too!) so I'll leave you with one of my favorite scenes from the movie. Williams' certainly left us all with so many of his own original verses.
What was your favorite Robin Williams memory or movie?
Ever sign up for a race on a whim?!