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Doing stuff that scares me (some RR some not)

amarie2009

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            I’m doing it. I start my first classes next month. I’m excited. It’s going to be so interesting and I’m excited to start. I’m a little “scared” too. I’m already busy. How will I fit it in? I haven’t started yet, so I don’t know how, but I will make it work. Some stuff may get cut. Loop time is already pretty low – right now I’m multitasking by writing this at the dealership while the oil gets changed in my car. Almost everyone in the program is also working full time. It’s online, but also a real physical school in the area that has a good reputation. (not worried about it being a scam) I knew I couldn’t keep going the way I was. I’m nervous, but I’m really happy about this. I feel myself finally moving forward. Which is scary, but scary like a roller coaster. I know this is something good.

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            Added next day – I didn’t get to post this last night, so I’ll add a little about my run this morning. I had a mostly very nice 4 miles on my little trails. That’s most miles I’ve done at once on these trails. There was a lot of running out and doubling back but that’s ok. I can’t beat the convenience even if there probably only about 2 miles total of trail to run. I was surprised when I saw 3-4 deer this morning – it’s a very small bit of woods. I also got bit by a horsefly which was the only not nice part of my run. I was running along when all of the sudden I felt like I was being jabbed in my calf with a needle or a thorn. I looked down and an inch long or longer fly was on my calf sitting surrounded by a spreading spot of blood on my compression sock! Ouch! Ick! Fortunately I didn’t get a huge welt or have it be crazy itchy the rest of today.

            The fall line up is set. Vine to Wine Half in Greenville, IL September 8th. F*L*A*T*S (But not flat! It takes place in 1000 Hills State Park) trail half near Kirksville, MO October 6th. Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa OK November 18th. Plus starting grad school. I’ve got some big challenges ahead. I’m a little scared, but also very excited. Finally getting some forward motion!

Now to share some pics from my little bit of trail...

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Not a special effect - it really looked like this. Humidity you can see...

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Congrats on starting your new course! Hope it goes well and you find it interesting. Trail looks awesome too!

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Big steps forward! Good for you. It's easy to talk about making changes, but much harder to actually do it. But you're on your way! Enjoy.

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54 minutes ago, Slow_Running said:

Congrats on taking that step toward something new.  Hopefully the degree opens some great options for you.  Good luck chasing the sub-2 half.  It will come.

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You've done the hard part by signing up! How exciting it will be to shake things up a bit and go after a new goal. Methinks it will have more than a positive impact on your running as well. 

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Doing scary things is good for you. Think about the first person who ate a lobster. 

Good luck with the new course you've set!

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I don't remember ever starting up with something new and regretting it, although it sure can be daunting at the beginning (In my first effort at beginning a running program back in 2012, I don't think I could complete a lap around the local high school track). And I wish I had a nearby trail that lush and green!

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Stumbling and falling early is sometimes the best thing that can happen with change. Especially with trails - it sharpens the focus. Good luck!

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