Last Wednesday night I went to Fleet Feet Sports in Raleigh and participated in a fun run and then got to listen to Matt Frazier from No Meat Athlete. It was so much fun and he even autographed his book for me.
Matt is a very inspiring person and I just love his blog. I’ve been reading it for over 4 years and I take away a lot of ideas that he posts. I love all the recipes but most of all, I love his tips. Want to start a good habit? Matt says to come up with a trigger. For me I have always wanted to floss my teeth every night but I never could get disciplined enough to follow through for more than a week or so. Now, my trigger is so ingrained in my head, I hardly ever miss. Before I go to bed, I wash my face, take my vitamins, and brush and floss my teeth. That’s my trigger. I can’t take my vitamins without grabbing my floss too.
If you haven’t checked out nomeatathlete.com, please do. Its so good!
Getting back to the fun run at Fleet Feet, I was a nervous wreck beforehand. Ron wasn’t able to go with me and a friend of mine ended up having another commitment. I had to go alone. I didn’t want to miss Matt so I forced myself to go. I was so scared. Yes I’m 48 years old and yes I know runners are very friendly. However, I am horrible in social settings! I was very close to giving up and going home. It was bad.
However, once I got in the store, I met Mia. She smiled and we started talking right away. Then she introduced me to her friend Jill and before you knew it I felt like I was part of the gang. On our run I even ran alongside Matt for a little while. How cool was that!?
Before the night was over, Mia and Jill invited me to The Ugly Sweater fun run at Capital Run Walk. That run was tonight and boy oh boy was it fun! My friend, Jordan, who I met when I volunteered at the City of Oaks marathon was there and she was with another friend. Her friend ended up being someone that I ran Medoc with last year. I ran with them and loved catching up on on their running adventures.
After the run there were refreshments and the star of the night, a huge raffle! You got 10 tickets just for coming and participating in the Ugly Sweater fun run. I didn’t have a sweater but I snagged this cute t-shirt from Wally World.
Not sure if was the lucky grandma shirt or my new running skirt that brought me luck but I won the raffle!
Can you believe that! Brooks are my very favorite shoes and I needed a new pair desperately.
Just as we were all getting ready to head home, Mia started telling me about a glow run at Fleet Feet coming up next week. Then Jill smiled and said that I might better not come after all. I was too lucky on only my 2nd fun run ever and my first fun run with Capital Run Walk.
So what did I learn from all of this? There really is something to Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Look at all the happiness that has come my way just by sucking it up and walking in the door!
Happy Running Friends!
PS. I forgot to mention that Whole Foods provided the refreshments at the No Meat Athlete run last week. I hated almond butter! I know it is so healthy and I have tried a couple of times to like it but I just couldn’t. However, a very sweet Whole Foods person was serving us our choice of several different snacks. One was some crackers and avocados, another were some nuts and something else, but the last one was dried apricots and almond butter. I chose the latter and now I can report that I am a convert! They are the bomb! A perfect after run snack!
Is 11:00 too late for a snack?! Yeah I think so too but now I’ve got to have some. Kitchen pantry here I come. Yummo!