All dressed up and an incredibly special place to go…the culmination of a summer’s worth of commitment, sweat, and determination to get in the best shape of my life. A day (to be shared with 7, 799 other women) that shimmered with the promise of fun, adventure, friendships, and the opportunity to show myself of what I am now made.
On June 28, knowing I respond well to an externally-driven, time-sensitive goal, I signed up to run the Diva Dash, a 5K run with obstacles along the way. I had never been a runner, and it was on this day that I decided to expand my identity and become one. On the same day, in the final weeks of recovering from a nasty sprained ankle, I started running a humble 2 minutes in intervals with 4 minutes of walking.
Flash to two days before the Diva Dash, on September 6, 2012, and there I am, ready and eager…running 40 quite ‘glistening’ minutes on my treadmill and practicing my 2-minute plank (up from 15 seconds). I knew I was as ready as one summer of commitment without fanaticism (which I well knew could turn me off to exercise forever) could make me.
On September 8, sporting hot pink tutus and bright rainbow striped socks, we smiled for some goofy, fun photos to commemorate the day, piled into my friend’s van, and made our way to the Marshfield Fairgrounds with plenty of time to spare before our 10:45 wave began.
Rumors of pits filled with hot, sticky marshmallows, of mud, of water had us all guessing…but really how hard could an event called “The Diva Dash” be?
Thousands of brightly dressed people swarmed the fairgrounds, licking free samples of Yasso Frozen Yogurt Bars, twirling their hips in hula hoops, and jumping on stage with their teams for the photo opportunity with the Shape Diva Dash logo. I felt like a kid let loose in a mall with a bunch of friends – so many things to explore, so many people to look at, and no place else we had to be. No children, no laundry, no responsibilities calling our name. We talked, we wandered, and we carefully noted the bling and accessories we admired for our next foray into running.
The hot sun beat down on us, broken by occasional and welcome clouds.
I wish I could report I ran the whole 5K, but alas, I can’t. I finished the whole race but didn’t run its entirety. It included a LOT of hills running over roots in the woods…and did I mention the hot sun? The obstacles were fun and didn’t present much in the way of challenge, but the hills…well, they were a different story. I can tell you that I fared far better than I would have at the beginning of the summer, and that I am immensely proud of what I have accomplished. I am in the best shape of my life, and now I know what additional training I need to add for next time so I’ll be in even better condition.
Next time, you say? Absolutely.
Next time, I will find a way to train on woodsy, hilly terrain. I’ll drag my son Ben and our dog Stuart with me if I have to! Next time, I will train in the blazing hot sun. Next time, I’ll know that the obstacles, though not intimidating, add to the wear on your body, so I’ll run intervals with strength training in between.
I love that I’m already thinking about the next time. Creating goals, big, hairy audacious ones (like running a 5K when you haven’t ever been a runner)…well, that’s for me the spice of a really happy life.
But today I will still myself for a moment and revel in a milestone completed, the feeling of connection amongst new friends with shared experience, and the new look and feel of a much leaner body. Is that really me? It totally and completely is.
I’m pretty sure the days in which most of us might have looked fetching in hot pink tutus are firmly in our past, but the days in which we can have fun in them are clearly not numbered.
Today’s Ready, Set, Glow Question for YOU:
What time-sensitive big hairy audacious goal can you put in place that will drive you to a higher level of confidence and satisfaction with your life? And, equally important, what can you do TODAY to start moving you toward that goal? Do that thing NOW then tell me about it in a comment on the blog or on Facebook if you’re willing to share!