Happy Post Thanksgiving Day! How was your holiday? Mine was awesome and as you can see above...I did my first ever Turkey Trot this year with the fam!! See my bottom right girl? That's my niece and she killed the 5K in 25 minutes! DANG!! I have no idea what my time was and I learned a slightly embarrassing lesson: CHECK YOUR WARDROBE BEFORE YOU RUN.
I was wearing my Cold Gear running tights by Under Armour- actually I think all my clothes were Under Armour and then I had my Mizuno Running Shoes on
It actually turned out to be a much warmer morning than we anticipated, at almost 55-60 degrees. I was not complaining. Even though this photo is not of this morning, this is exactly what I wore that caused the horrific wardrobe malfunction situation:
These UA pants are great but I was wearing a size large and -- I think this is a problem of mine, I still have this mental thing going on in my head that all clothes must be LOOSE and especially not cut in at your waist (i.e. where any extra muffin-top-y fluffiness is hovering) - -so CLEARLY my size L were too big because the second we started running (and shame on me for not testing this out prior to the race) , I felt the waist on these things- literally drop down - let's just say to a Britney Spears level of "ain't nobody got time to see that part of your body but your gynecologist" area. OMG. I was SO ANNOYED and knew that there was no way to "fix" that. So, the whole run- I was attempting to hold my ipod and phone in one hand (yes, I am STILL trying to figure out how to get all my tunes from a separate ipod into my phone....God Help Me. If I can't figure something out in 2 minutes it is not going to happen.) and hold UP my pants in the other. I would stop every few blocks I'd guess and walk fast on the side, so I could pull up my pants but suffice it to say, I learned a lesson that day. Good Grief.
I will tell you this. Running that morning revved me up and proved two things to me. One, I have not lost my love for running. I feel my lower body muscles so much today and it is AWESOME. I am for sure going to keep it up and train for my first half marathon. Secondly, the title of my post is "Oh YES you CAN" and I say that because-- I'm sure many of you are like me, and you think of a turkey trot or anything else similar and you think 'I can't do that. I haven't been running in forever" or, "I can't do that, no way I can get up that early, I'm not a morning person" or "I've never run a race before and I'm so slow, I just can't."-- right?? I had committed to doing this 5k with my family back in August I think. And did the next best thing to secure accountability, I signed up. I paid for it. When you put your money where your mouth is, things change. And yet, y'all know my travel schedule lately- -CLEARLY I have not been my usual extremely consistent new bada** self the past few weeks. But- I am so glad that I made myself do that turkey trot. I showed myself that even though, the night before I just wanted to sleep in- I didn't feel like it and I was making every excuse on the planet to not do it -- I DID IT and, wardrobe malfunction aside, IT FELT AWESOME.
People-- whenever you think you can't do something- that's when, more than EVER, you should push yourself. Make yourself do it -- see what happens. I'm telling you- I've done more things this year than the past 4 years put together that scare me or make me uncomfortable or freak me out and all these things have compounded on one another and TRANSFORMED ME. I am a different person now and more fearless and committed and accountable than ever.
What's the thing you've been secretly wanting to do but privately talking yourself out of? And are you ready to do it now? Are you ready to pick ONE THING that the end of this year you can dive in and OWN-- and then give yourself the biggest jump-start boost for 2016 you've ever had???
TELL ME WHAT IT IS. I'LL KEEP YOU ACCOUNTABLE.
Disclosure: Both Mizuno and Under Armour are clients of my company, FitFluential. All opinions expressed here and love for their products is my own, obviously. ;-0