Archive for October, 2012

Time

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 30, 2012 by activerunner

I’ve never truly experienced not having enough time.  I’ve always had time, too much time, so much time I’d find my self completely bored.  I’ve never not had the time to go run, workout, or have quality me time!  Everyone should have time for themselves but sometimes there’s just not enough time.

I guess this is what happens when you finally land a real job, or in other words a career.  I now have real responsibilites.  I remember when I thought mowing lawns was a big responsibility.  But despite my new full time job as a teacher and coach, I never thought I’d be this busy.  I always thought people were crazy!  I didn’t care who you were, my belief was you could always find time for a work-out no matter where you were in life.  I’m now learning how stupid I was back then.

I still think getting in your daily stress reliever is important.  Running is my stress reliever and I haven’t had time to stress relieve for three days now.  I am feeling the effects.  I’m more irritable, less patient…. although I never was very patient, stress keeps piling on, and more importantly I feel gross and out of shape.  I’m not happy with it and I’m definitely not used to it.

So how do you adjust to this new demanding life of adulthood… when all your life you’ve been an irresponsible kid?  I’m still working on that.  Right now I’m just trying to manage my time as effectively as possible.  I’ve realized how lazy i was as a college student.  I wasted so much time, time that I definitely wouldn’t mind having now.  These days every minute is planned out, I don’t have time to waste.  I don’t have time to be lazy!

As you get older you receive more responsibilities and less time.  If you want to stay healthy and in shape you’ve got to make time.  Set time aside specifically for your daily run.  Sacrifices must be made.  I know it’s hard to move things around and make space for something tiring. You’re already tired after working non stop all day.  But trust me when I say a daily work out among all the work and stress will do wonders for you, even if its just for fifteen minutes.  I don’t care who you are…. You can find fifteen minutes of down time.  I guess my original belief is still holding strong.  Guess I wasn’t so stupid after all.

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Night of the Running Dead!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 26, 2012 by activerunner

A few weeks ago I participated in a race.  Not just any ordinary race… a race for the no longer living. The race for the running dead to be exact.  Now if you know me at all, you know that Zombies totally freak me out… but at the same time I love them.  So of course I couldn’t let this opportunity to out run the dead pass me up.  Basically this race was between humans and zombies.  First they set off the humans, then  two minutes later, they send the running dead after them.  I signed up as a human, some may think me boring but my goal was to win this race!  Yes, this race was mostly just for fun and to get into the halloween spirit, but this race also offered prizes.  One hundred bucks for the first place finisher, fifty for the second, and thirty five for the third.  yes i know, so much money…. but I’ll take a hundred bucks any day.  And even though it’s not a ton of money, you should pick the races you know you can win.  A race full of people dressing up as Zombies probably doesn’t have the best competition.  I felt I had  good chance of getting my hands on that hundred.

So there we were, me and my sad little group.  We were three to be exact.  We should have been five, but two flaked out.  I think they were too frightened to run.  Which I really can’t blame them… the zombies were quite terrifying! 

Anyway, after getting our numbers we set off for the starting line.  The starting line wasn’t as organized as I thought it would be.  Instead of keeping the Zombies away from the poor innocent humans like they explained, we were all kind bunched together in the same area.  It was terrifying.  Zombies and humans don’t get along very well.  And when the gun went off for the humans to start, some Zombies snuck into the start as well.  Zombies…. you really can’t control them.  But I escaped the zombies trying to get an early bite and went on my way.

I lost all my running companions at the starting craziness and realized I was on my own.  So I didn’t wait.  After all you only have to be faster than your companion if you want to survive.  What I loved about this race was that they had Sideline Zombies walking aimlessly through out the race.   They were at every turn groaning as you ran by, eating innocent people on the sidelines.  Those poor people screaming and pleading for runners to save them from getting eaten alive.  Sorry, can’t help, I’m trying to win a hundred bucks!  One of my running partners actually thought a sideline Zombies was a poor old lady, lost and confused and really needed help.  She being the more kind runner stopped to help her.  but, the old dead lady had to explain that she was a zombie and part of the act!

Overall I thought the race was really fun.  I was somewhat happy with the way I ran.  I really think I could have gone faster.  I didn’t push myself as much as I should of.  My official time was 20:19.  I took 5th place over all, but was the first girl to finish… so I did get my hands on that hundred.  What can I say?  Zombies really aren’t very fast.