This morning I woke up right before my dream-self found out whether or not my running shoes were, in fact, in the bathroom.
Why, alarm clock, WHY??
To put that strange anticipation into context, I was lining up for a race. And while taking an extra precautionary bathroom stop, I had missed the lined up to get bibs & shoe-tags (you know, for timing…what if I PR’d in the dream?! Focus.). After a scramble, we found my lone ‘swag-bag’ just in time (dream-run without a timing tag?? Psh).
I tried to secure the tag and get this dream-race started, only to realize I was barefoot. Minimalist running is not my thing, sorry dream-self.
Go find those shoes!
Who takes their shoes off in a bathroom?! First of all, that’s not very hygienic. Secondly, there is no logic in leaving important race-day needs scattered around! Clearly dream-me is not a veteran in this whole routine. She has some important lessons to learn before she goes trying to PR overnight.
While strange, this whole situation was very vivid. I was running a half, I had a goal time (shocker), I knew the people with me, I ran around the “place” (looking for those elusive shoes!) as if I secretly knew every twist and turn. My Mom was there, ready to take pictures and wondering why I was barefoot (aren’t we all?). I felt relieved I wasn’t running the Full, as usual.
I also felt excited-nervous, ready to see if the muscles were up for a PR! All of this anticipation, only to be jolted back to reality – a sore arm (tetanus shots are nobody’s friend), a sore lower back (yoga had a hand in that yesterday), and a confused brain (your shoes are right there! Geeze, calm down.).
*An unexpected ‘change’ to the model I already wear, and an unexpected new color scheme that I’m totally smitten with. They’re almost neon, it’s AWESOME.
Lesson learned from dream-race shenanigans: Don’t leave your shoes anywhere, except on your feet, during a running adventure. Especially if you’re late to the game on a race day! Important in any racing situation, no doubt.
Add that one to the list of lessons learned from Saturday, and I’m all set to PR next time!