Wherever you are, you're probably seeing the first signs of fall. Cooler nights, kids going back to school, etc.
Or if you live in Southern California, you might be seeing advertisements for fall clothes that will allow us to pretend things are changing here too. The So. Cal. wardrobe consists of shorts and a hoodie year round. The times I realize the most that weather actually exists in the rest of the country is when I watch the Today Show and Al Roker is all bundled up, broadcasting from New York. Today Show weather man, you are my season indicator.
Something else indicates Fall and it involves these fine young men.
Oh hai football. I've missed you!
It is too bad Matt Saracen, Tim Riggins, and Vince Howard aren't coming back for another season.
Friday Night Lights may not be real (sadly), but who doesn't like a little college football (starting tomorrow!) on a Saturday mornin?
While these men are scrambling on the field tomorrow, I'll be running a 5k.
I signed up for this 5k tomorrow as part of an active.com Schwaggle and it was like 12 bucks. But I'm feeling mentally and physically off. I think my offness is excusable since I ran a long relay / had major sleep deprivation from exhaustionville last week.
I'm tempted to not show up. Or at least to give myself permission to not finish if my time starts sucking. Maybe if I go through the 2-mile in over 13:30 I can stop? I hate posting sub-par times. Give me permission to quit, damnit.
I think my dreams of breaking 20 are all but impossible this week.
I know this is no way to approach a race. "If you don't feel like finishing you don't have to...just allow yourself to suck!". But...unless I get a deathly illness between now and tonight, I'll be gutting through this thing.
What do you do when you're not feeling mentally or physically ready to race? Do you scratch and not even show up? Do you take it easier? Do you do your best to prepare and run all-out anyways?
I know what Matt Saracen would do. He'd give it his all, and then continue being completely awesome in every aspect of his life.
I'll let-cha know if I end up being able to run my race up to Friday Night Lights standards. Hopefully, I can make coach proud.