I simply can NOT describe the radical difference in motivation and excitement I have for my running ever since getting my boyfriend involved. Simply put, Zack does not, will never understand running. He's a musician. He's a writer. He is NOT a runner. It's just the way it goes, something I absolutely had to get used to. At first, this was a bummer. What runner doesn't dream of a significant other that they can lace up and tacHowk on miles with? However, the simple fact that he supports my running, frequently asks about my training, and buys me books, gear, shoes, ETC without me even mentioning my wanting or needing new gear, WANTS to go to my races, takes me to trails and waits for me at the end (or well.. MY end) is wonderful to me! I'll take that any day of the year.
I've been training for the Baltimore Running Festival and I discovered that they were looking for bands to perform during the race/after 'party'/awards ceremony. They're paying $100 to each band that participates and there will be a grand prize of $500 for the best band to perform (DING DING DING!!!) This was perfect. Without so much as taking a moment to BREATHE I forwarded the link to Zack and his bandmate and they were getting the ball rolling to perform at my first race as a Maryland Resident! (how dang exciting!) I was over the moon. I decided, shooooooot! I need to make Zack look good. I mean, I know for a fact that they are an insanely talented music duo. But, I would about die if he was going around proudly saying "yea my girlfriend is in the race" just for me to finish dead last. (Though, with 25,000 people attending that is most likely not going to be the case no matter what...) Still, this was HUGE motivation for me to get my butt in gear with my training.
Then I found the Run For Your Life "Zombie Apocalypse Obstacle Course" 5k. HELLO! This is like my dream come true. I've been so bummed out that unless I fly out to visit my dad in November I won't be able to participate in a Warrior Dash until NEXT YEAR! (ugh. too long. Istant gratification kind of gal over here y'all) And then WAM. A very similar (potentially even more fun) obstacle course 5k IN THE VERY CITY I'M MOVING TO SEPTEMBER 1st! How perfect is that? & Guess what? They need musicians for the apocalypse party too! (again, DING DING DING!) Once again, without breathing I sent the link to the guys and the ball was rolling from there!
It is such a thrill to be able to actually involve loved ones in my running. To promote my passion with their passion! How awesome. It has turned my training completely around! (& boy did I need something to do that) I was simply dragging there for awhile. Was losing all focus and motivation because of this move that is (oh god!) 10 days away I was missing way too many important training days. (However I have learned that my energy level for packing, preparing, organizing, Being OCD is much higher when I start my mornings with a run)
Excitement, yall! so much excitement!