I am back in full on training mode. After taking the summer off from any kind of serious running, I headed back to the track the week school started up again. It was hard and painful and so very slow going.
After that first run, I was disappointed how much of my stamina and speed I had lost since the Fun Run in April. I was frustrated with myself for having given up but so glad that I have a new goal to set my eyes towards.
As I trudged along the track, "When Can I See You Again?" by Owl City came streaming through my iPod. This line from the song jumped out at me:
And then I really started to listen to the lyrics. By the end of the song, I was nearly in tears.
Why do I look at those mountains as a threat vs. a challenge?? Climbing them should be fun! Woah. What a change in perspective.
Running doesn't come easy to me. In fact, I'm pretty darn awful at it. But I'm stubborn so I keep trying.
I'm slow, I take long walk breaks, I pant and I sweat and I hurt but I just keep trucking. . .
There's someone else I know who struggled to reach her dream of being a racer.
Who had to overcome her glitches. Who knew that racing was in her code.
And at the end of the story? Turns out she's a princess, too. . .
Next week I'm heading to the Type A Conference in Atlanta. The Disney Parks team is sponsoring a welcome reception and we've been told we need to show up expressing our #DisneySide. Well, Vanellope has now officially become my training mascot for the Disney Enchanted 10K.
I've got a chocolate brown twirly skirt and an aqua colored hoodie waiting for me to wear to the party. I need a licorice hair bow and some candy clips.
The question is, am I brave enough to order striped knee high stockings to complete the look??
You can grab your own copy of my favorite running tune here then go climb some mountains!