Hooked on Hardware
Last year I walked the Rock 'n Roll Las Vegas 5k and got an awesome medal at the finish line. Right after I got an e-mail about the Inaugural Rock 'n Roll Arizona 5k and my friend and I decided to sign up. I decided that I was actually going to "train" for the AZ 5k. Needless to say that didn't happen. Didn't step on a treadmill ONCE. Not even a walk around the block.
So why am I contemplating signing up for next year's race? Why am I going to sign up for the Vegas race in November and WHY am I even entertaining the thought of joining my best friend in the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in our 40th birthday year? For that one you do a 5k on Thursday, a 10k on Friday, a 1/2 marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday...no wonder they call it the Dopey Challenge. You have to be hella dopey to put yourself through that!! So once again, WHY am I even entertaining these thoughts??? Yep, it's the hardware. The medals. The medals you get are AWESOME.
This year with all of the drama at the ports in California, there was a very real chance that we wouldn't get our medals at the finish line this year and they would have to be mailed to us. At first I figured not a really big deal, but when I saw 5k finishers walking back with their finisher medals around their necks, I was so thrilled. It was exciting to know that I would get instant gratification for the 55 minutes I'd just put in walking around Tempe Beach Park. They really are pretty awesome. For this reason, I think I'm becoming a medal junkie. Along with that means becoming an *gulp* "athlete". That's the scariest part for me. I've never been athletic...nothing even close to it. To do a 5k I just need to walk. To do a 10k I just need to walk. I had a friend do both the 5k and 10k this past weekend and she got 3 medals for her trouble...they're awesome too. To do a half or a full marathon, I have to become a runner. A full fledged, no bullshit runner. To tell you the truth, I'm scared and don't know if I'm capable of it. I hide behind my asthma because I don't know how to push past it.
If I want the hardware though, I gotta push past the asthma...push past the fear. Right now I'm in the lead in our household...I have two medals to my husband's one. I'd never thought of it as a competition until he pointed that little factoid to me...and it felt good. Time to lace up the old Nikes I guess...what am I getting myself into?!?