That which doesn’t kill me can only make me stronger.

I am running in a 5K on Saturday. But I have never actually run 5K, so I have been expecting to walk a (small) portion of it. I have never actually run 5K . . . UNTIL TODAY! That’s right! Of course, I ran on the indoor track at UNCG, which is not exactly the same as what it will be like on Saturday. By the way, I would like to speak to whoever designed the route for Saturday’s race. Way to put big hills at the end, genius. Seriously. Brilliant. Thank you. I would say that I am going to try to find you on Saturday and punch you in the face, but I will probably be suffering from exhaustion from climbing those hills. Anyway, I have now run 5K without any walking whatsoever. I do not expect to be able to do this on Saturday (did I mention the hills?), but I am proud of how far I have come.

As a special surprise and because my iPod is not really keeping a charge these days, Mike got me a nano today. He is hot pink. I have named him Lloyd Dobler. Lloyd’s first mission, should he choose to accept it, is to get me through my 5K. And, uh, as you might have guessed from the title, that means playing me some Kanye. I know. You didn’t think of me as a Kanye listener, did you? Well, I don’t think of myself as a Kanye listener, but Kanye’s music gets me moving. And makes me feel slightly ashamed of myself. I have been listening to all the rap/hip hop that Mike owns to see what I might like as much as I like Kanye, and I have discovered a few things that I will detail for you here.

1. Mike does not own much rap/hip hop.

2. I really don’t like rap/hip hop.

3. Except for Kanye.

So I don’t really know exactly what I am going to run to on Saturday. I don’t think that repeating “Stronger” over and over is going to have the appropriate effect. Have I mentioned how ashamed I am?

Speaking of shame, why, exactly, did I have that fourth piece of pizza tonight? (I know! It’s because I ran 5K. Great reason, eh?)

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