I got my sticker. I earned my sticker. I want to continue to live up to my sticker. I have to admit that when I see the sticker on someone's vehicle, I'm curious to see that person. Maybe I want a visual of what an athlete looks like. Maybe I am expecting to see someone more like me or maybe someone completely not like me. I don't know why- but my senses kind of tingle when I see that 13.1 sticker on someone's car.
And now I have one of my own.
I am 3 days into recovery from the run and still a little sore in the legs. I've got some blisters that are still causing some foot pain. Have a bruise in a tender spot on one foot. But nothing that won't heal within the week. Nothing that's going to stop me from hitting my workout today.
And now I have that sticker on my car.
When I went to the Expo for packet pick up on Friday, there were vendors selling the 13.1 sticker. There were t-shirts about finishing the event. I didn't feel right buying any of it, though. I hadn't finished yet. It wasn't a confidence thing- I was feeling great and excited about the next day's run. I just wanted to earn it before I got my hands on it. And I'm glad I waited.
When I first started running, I went to a local running store for help. They did video gait analysis of me running on a treadmill. I bought shoes and clothing. And I spent a lot of time with the store staff- all of whom are, of course, runners. I loved the vibe, the energy, the encouragement. Now, when I started looking into a more minimalist style of running and wanted lighter, thinner shoes, I went back to this same store. It didn't go so well. I ended up with an employee who is old school- you run the way you run and all this talk about changing your form is bull. Didn't buy anything that day. Went back in Sept with knowledge about what I wanted in a shoe- less rise in the heel, lighter weight, but still feeling like my foot and arch was supported. Got the exact right shoe for my needs at the time.
Overall, my experiences with this store have been positive. It's where I bought my first running shoe, my first running outfit, my first running belt.
I walked in last night, looked around for a moment and then announced to the 3 employees standing close by:
"I need my half marathon sticker!"
We actually celebrated together. They asked if I'd done the Mini, if it had been my first. I shared my short version of my running story. They congratulated me. And I felt like I was crossing that finish line again. it felt great to share my accomplishment with runners.
Best of all, I ended up getting my sticker for free thanks to the store's loyalty program (I had credits saved up).
So while I know I'm the one who has done the work and while I know I'm the one who's made the choices, I also know that the positive experience I had at Blue Mile way back when this all started was part of my success and I was really excited for Blue Mile to be part of the celebration of my goal.
This was my first running shirt. Bought it at Blue Mile.
I went from excitement over "real" running shoes and clothes to satisfaction and pride in a goal met.
How about you? What's your "sticker?" What would motivate you to set a goal you never dreamed you could accomplish? What are you working towards right now?
Blue Mile doesn't know me and had nothing to do with my post.