Do you have a nick name? Do your kids have nick names? I ask because my boss is trying to decide on a nick name for me. He usually just calls me by my last name but it sounds close to dad (and yes this is a family law practice, the dad, son and daughter are all lawyers, the mom is the bookkeeper.) I told him yesterday that calling me "Angela" was just fine, considering it is my legal name, and I'm not to big on nick names. Never have been.
I do call the girls by their nick names they have on this blog. That's the only way I'll remember to use those nick names on here and not their real names. I don't have a nick name for the hubs but I do occassionally call him "baby" or "love" but most of the time I usually use his first name.
Let's move on to what the most important think is about this blog, running. So this today I had 5 miles to run. When the alarm went off, I contemplated ways of staying in bed and just sleeping but finally after the bladder had been screaming at me for 15 minutes I got up and got dressed and headed outside. It was HOT!!! I had worn my bright blue running shorts and my Nike long-sleeve white shirt. On the way home from the run I wished I had put on a shirt sleeve shirt. It's starting to get cold again but during this morning's run, it felt like spring was in the air. I managed to squeeze out 5 miles in 43 minutes. I hardly ever looked at my watch, except to make sure I was doing okay on time wise.
Funny thing at lunch. I went to Zaxby's because I was really wanting a salad for lunch and they have great salads. When I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a truck not to far down from mine with both a 26.2 and 13.1 sticker on it. The couple was getting out of their truck the same time I was getting out of mine and we ended up standing in line together waiting to order. So of course, I look at him, he looks at me and I say, "Are you running in the Snicker's Marathon in March." He said yes and then he said, "I saw your sticker to." Funny that when you see another stick like those, you automatically start talking running with that person, even if you have never seen them in your life. They understand the training process, the aspect of the race, and the highs and lows of either reaching your PR or not getting it at all.
He told me something that I need to remember though. He said, "As long as you remember that it's all for fun, you will do fine." That really made me rethink my racing strategies because I'm a "have to beat my previous time" type of gal. I usually don't run for fun and have been known to tell my mom, "I'll see you at the finish line" and then take off. I train to have a great time.
I think when I begin the training for my first marathon next year, I'm going to take the approach of having fun. I'm not going to shoot for a time frame nor am I going to go for an AG award, I'm just going to have fun.