My roommate has been sick this past week with a gastrointestinal bug and missed 1 1/2 days of work. Friday night, I started feeling sick: strong bouts of nausea and frequent trips to the bathroom. Thank goodness I didn't have anything planned this weekend. On Saturday, I slept until 10:00, got up and ate a little bit because I was feeling slightly better, read for a while, then slept from noon until 5:00 in the afternoon, got up and ate a little bit again, then read some more (mostly blogs this time). I'm feeling a lot better today. I had the energy to go to church and go for a four-mile walk, plus do a little shopping at Target. It seems like the bug didn't affect me as badly as it did Judy.
Being sick gives a person time to think about stuff. Amongst wedding things and figuring out some logistics when my parents visit me next weekend, I thought a lot about running. I thought about the goals I want to accomplish in my running life (I'll save that for another post), but also thought about what I want to do with my running this particular year. I've given each year that I've been running a theme:
- 2004 - The Year I Started to Run
- 2005 - The Year of Firsts, Part 1 (I ran my first 3K, 5K and 4-miler)
- 2006 - The Year of Maintenance (I did a handful of races, all 5Ks)
- 2007 - The Year of Firsts, Part 2 (I ran my first 10K and half-marathon)
- 2008 - The Wasted Year (I got injured in early July and lost a good chunk of my running season)
- 2009 - The Year of the Comeback
- 2010 - The Year of the PR (check my left sidebar... you'll see why!)
Why don't you make every race like the Get Lucky?
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 2011: The Year I Had Fun.
What I need to do is develop a shtick, which is a comic theme or gimmick, if you weren't familiar with the definition. I need to be like this guy:
|Rubber Ducky Man at the 2010 Boston Marathon|
The only problem is, I don't have any idea what I should dress up as. I don't know if I should change my costume from race to race or stick with one thing. For major holidays, I can certainly wear something related to the day. But what about other races?
Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I saw a dollar-bin full of bunny ears at Target, but I don't want to look like the Playboy bunny (although I'm sure future hubs wouldn't mind, wink wink!). :)