Mar 11, 2014

March Self Actualization - Five M-F'in Miles!

Today marks a great victory.  For upon this day I have, for the first time since... maybe ever, run five miles.  I also, for the first time, experienced the mythical runner's high that so many had assured me did exist.  Truly, a magical day.

In case you're wondering what this has to do with my self-actualization projects, my sister (the middle one, we'll call her Sister2) convinced me that running a 5 mile race was something I really wanted to do.  At the time I had barely, just barely, survived the Reindeer Run - a fun little Christmas themed 5K back in December.  Except it wasn't fun.  It was intense, thanks to an unseasonal downpour that had us running in plastic rain ponchos which did little to prevent getting soaked to the skin, and squelching shoes that overpowered the tiny chiming of the jingle bells tied to our shoes.

Naturally, after this I decided that I hated running, it was the worst thing ever, and I was never going to run more than 3 miles.  So what possessed me to sign up for the Back on My Feet 5-Miler?  I don't know.  Some weird amalgam of peer pressure (after all, Sister2 AND Sister3 had signed up for 5-Milers) and personal challenge.

I knew I would have to train and, quite honestly, I was worried I wouldn't get into good enough shape (physically) in time.  So, with 2 1/2 weeks left to keep making that 5 miles easier, I'm in pretty good shape (time-wise).

Another "first" that's going down this month is the TEDx Event in Philly.  I'm a fairly regular visitor of the TED website, but I hadn't realized there was so many local chapters (technically they're separate from TED, but it's the same idea and they're held in the same spirit).  I'm excited about this, because as evocative as the videos are on the site, I have to imagine they'll be that much more inspiring in person!