Why do I run… more thoughts

I have enjoyed participating in a local 10k series, but noticed something recently. I saw some of the same people at these runs and developed a strange need to beat an individual in my category. Here’s what happened: I no longer enjoyed the race and pushed myself too hard. The injury I sustained lasted for 3 months. What an idiot! So why do I run?

I don’t do it for the competition (even though I am competitive)… I prefer running by myself, after all. Absolutely love my wide open running trail with clouds, sun, cows, birds, and other critters as my mostly companions.

No, I run to feel strong in my body, to feel in control of my life, and to use up some of my excess energy.

To my competition: I apologize. You probably didn’t even notice me, but inside my head, I was a jerk.

I’m scaling back on the local runs. I might complete them virtually by myself or with my sister or husband. We like to run together when our schedules permit. And we will continue to plan for awesome destination runs such as runDisney events, the San Francisco Marathon, a Santa Hustle, or other races. We have some fun ideas. And that’s what I want to focus on. My love of running!

This is my goal: I will run, and will appreciate any distance, any pace.

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Patronus virtual run

PatronusA while back I wrote this entry about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and forgot to post it. It’s a tiny bit dated, but here ’tis.

I ran 9 & 3/4 k (about 6.04 mi) for the Hogwarts Running Club (with virtual runs, you choose the distance, time, and location for your run).

Since I love Harry Potter and running, I really enjoy following this running club on twitter and participating in some of their virtual runs. They choose hilarious themes and their medals and t-shirts are great.

I’m also a big fan of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal in Orlando ~ it is magical! The buildings are crooked and covered in snow, the rides are great, and they’ve incorporated tons of theming.¬†House banners and cobbled roads and Hagrid’s hut and toys and food… I could go on and on.

My family’s favorites are the Forbidden Castle ride (single rider line), eating in the Three Broomsticks, and drinking butter beer.

My home’s Halloween decorations include a black cat candle holder which I bought on opening day in the Wizarding World. We were there when it opened! I don’t want to think about how long we stood in line. But we were there!Patronus bib 3

I’ve started reading the books again, to immerse myself in the stories, the language, the experiences of the characters. Jo Rowling, hats off to you for creating an entire world for us. It’s a place that many of us wish we could call home.