Happy Valentines Day!! This is a very non-Valentine’s related post but if you need some ideas for fun tonight–check out my post Fit and Fun Date Night Ideas!
Last night I did an 80s Fun Run with my local running store, Gazelle Sports in Kalamazoo!
It was a semi-last minute decision, but I’m so glad I did it! I asked my friend Katy to run with me. I bailed on her last minute for a run last week so I thought this would be a fun run to make it up to her; and she had never done any official running events so it was fun to do her first “race” with her! We sort of dressed up—high ponies and bright colors and tall socks—but we didn’t have time to go too crazy on the outfits.
We ran from Gazelle Sports through downtown Kalamazoo and around Western Michigan University’s campus. It was very pretty as the sun set to run around the area.
Between Mile 1 and 2 my legs were feeling super heavy and tired. Katy was pushing my pace which was good, but I started feeling the run yesterday, plus strength training on Monday so we slowed down a bit. We had some tough uphills and when we got to the 2 mile mark we stopped to gain our bearings and then took off shortly behind a group who knew where they were going since we didn’t and the maps were wrong. lol! The only was problem was that they were pacing faster than us and we had to stay up with them so we wouldn’t get lost! The funny thing is while we were out there my legs started feeling stronger and we finished at a great pace and even sprinted the last tenth of a mile or so to the finish! Proof that running is so much about the mental game as well–you are always stronger than you think you are!
It’s always more fun to run with a high side ponytail! And a friend doesn’t hurt either! And free pizza and beer afterwards isn’t too shabby either. Seriosly the 80s fun run was rad!
While we were at Gazelle of course I couldn’t resist buying something. It’s so dang tempting in there! But I only got stuff I needed: a pair of wool socks and honey stingers for the half on Sunday.
I feel very blessed to live in a community that has so many great opportunities for runners and fitness minded people!
Do you have a strong running or fitness community in your area?