15 Things I Nearly Always Buy But Definitely Do Not Need Ever

1. Pens

2. Tea

3. Notebooks

4. Headphones

5. Chapstick

6. Socks

7. Dresses

8. Nail polish

9. Tote bags

10. T-Shirts

11. Drinking glasses

12. Hand lotion

13. Running clothes

14. Earrings

15. Postcards

15 Things I Promise Myself From Now On

1. I will take more time for writing.

2. When my body says stop, I’ll stop.

3. I’ll eat better food.

4. I’ll only watch ten more episodes of Gilmore Girls.

5. Dating comes last.

6. Anyone who isn’t helping has to go.

7. I’ll clean my apartment–no more being partially packed.

8. I will neither compare my running performance to others, nor feel disappointment because I’m not the kind of runner I think I should be by now.

9. The opinions of others will not have any influence on my self-worth.

10. I will wear dresses and lipstick whenever I want.

11. No more alcohol.

12. I will not make accommodations for those who do not have time for me.

13. I won’t worry so much about how mu body looks.

14. I will sleep in whenever I want.

15. I will be kind to myself and allow myself the forgiveness I deserve.

Hot Chocolate 5 Miler in Central Park

First of all, I’m still extremely proud of this run.  I would have never been able to do this a year ago–not by a long shot.  You can’t see me right now, but I’m patting myself on the back.  Again.

So I ran this race on January 11th, 2015, right after having a week-long stomach bug.  I made sure to take it really easy the day before, and then I prepared for what I thought would be the race from Hell.  It even started kind of crappy.  Nick and I had to catch a cab in order to get to Central Park on time.  Somehow we made it just as it started (and then poor Nick got car-sick).  Here’ my icky before picture:

2015-01-11 09.01.08I felt as strange as I look–I was in the middle of running to the starting gate.  I got there literally as the gun went off.  The course was pretty cool–it was one giant loop around Central Park with water stations every two miles.  After running each Sunday in Prospect Park, this felt like nothing.

I was doing well until I hit the first water station.  I drank the frozen water, and about a half mile after that, felt really sick to my stomach.  I kept going, and it only got worse.  When I got to the second water station, I felt horrible.  I mean, I drank water anyway, but I thought I was going to explode.

Nick watched me finish from on top of a rock, and in all my race photos, I look like I am about to vomit (which is exactly how I felt).  I finished five miles in my fastest time for that distance to date, and celebrated by drinking a lot of water.

I felt really sick for a while, as seen in my post-race photo:

2015-01-11 10.54.53Even though it was harder than usual, I’m still pretty happy with this race.  Plus the mug’s image was on the right side this time!

Race Stats

Total Distance: 5.19 miles

Total Time: 1:06:51

Pace: 12:53 min/mi

Place: 493/527

Watch Me Write