Lately, I have not felt the desire to run. The only inspiration I have is from the running program I'm volunteering for and my husband. I have a strange relationship to running. I like what running physically does for me. It keeps me in shape. I gain muscles in my legs. It helps me maintain weight and sometimes loose a little. Overall, I feel running is the best way to stay in shape so it is my exercise of choice. On the other hand, I hate running. I don't like the pain. It's a challenge that I feel is sometimes impossible to overcome and I think those who love running are crazy. I have never loved running. Despite the hatred, I just recently have come to realize I will never quit. I've been off and on running since 2001. Why haven't I quit? For the reasons above. My physical health is important to me.
Last year I ran in several races, mostly 5Ks. This year, I haven't run in a single one and I haven't signed up for any either. First off, I work on weekends and most races are on the weekends. Secondly, they are expensive. Third, you get a lot of the same old crap race after race. I really don't need any more t-shirts. There is just one race I want to run in this year and it is the Hot Chocolate Race in Chicago. I get excited just thinking about it. =) It is on the weekend and it is expensive but I get to be in downtown Chicago. My favorite city in the US. (Paris being my fave outside the US). I also get an awesome jacket, not a t-shirt. I get chocolate after the race AND lastly, they have a 15K which I've never raced. Yea! So if you like Chicago, chocolate, a cool jacket and a challenging, but not too challenging run, sign up. Hmmm...Chicago, chocolate, cool jacket, and challenging run... the big 4 Cs. Anyway, if you want to know how my race was last year, just go here.
I have some pictures I've taken as of late and I feel the need to share them. I just recently moved into a house, (Yea!) and I've been taking pictures of all the flowers that have been popping up. The irises have been my favorite.
I also have a new nephew and a new cousin. Well, the cousin isn't that new. I just don't get to see that family very often.
Believe in yourself, and you will succeed. A plus tard!