After last year’s successful resolution of running a 5K event every month, I decided to up the ante and double the distance. It was my last-ditch effort to feel like a real runner. I signed up for a 10K the weekend before my 30th birthday and was determined to get my ass back in shape and get ‘er done. My last running event was December 21st and come January, I was determined to start training for my next event. And I did!
In my ongoing quest to keep my New Year’s resolution, I ran my second 5K of the year yesterday. Unlike the first when I ran on a sunny morning along the coast, yesterday’s race was in an athletic field on a gloomy, foggy day. The moisture hung thick in the air and I struggled to keep warm before the race began.
I was surrounded by soccer moms and dads and the kids whose league benefited from the event. I didn’t know a soul and everywhere I looked, people were gathered together like little cliques on the playground. While they chatted away, I made sure my playlist was ready to go with the new songs I had downloaded the night before.
There was something different in the air and I felt a determination that I hadn’t felt at January’s 5K. I was going to run this one all the way through.
With so many forks in the road and decisions to make, how does one ever know if they are taking the right path? Making the right choice?
Unfortunately, life is not as simple as the Choose Your Own Adventure book series popular in the 80’s and 90’s. If you reached the end of the story, you could always go back and make a different decision to see where that would lead you. As a kid, I read one of the stories—I’m pretty sure it was #52 Ghost Hunter—and I got to the point where the character fell to his death. I remember being frustrated and confused. How could I have chosen the course that had resulted in such horror? Weren’t all stories supposed to have a happy ending? Since I didn’t like that particular conclusion, I decided to retrace my steps and change the story. Ironically, I didn’t like that ending either and the first one became the one that stuck with me for decades.