The Things You Do For Run

29 Jun

Even though I’ve been running for at least 6 years now, there are still things that make stop and say “whoa. I really am a runner.” This time it was getting my hair cut. I seriously debated cutting my hair short…not because I wasn’t sure if I would like it, or because it was a drastic difference, but because I wasn’t sure how it would affect my running. For the bulk of my running career I’ve had hair that I could put securely on the top of my head with a Scunci hair tie and just hit the road. It’s all I knew. So, obviously I had doubts about cutting my hair, “What if it gets in my face?” “What if I overheat?” “What if its so bad that I won’t want to run, what about my training?”

I’m sure I sound neurotic, because, well, I am. Generally speaking, I do over analyze a bit more than most, but that’s not the point. The point here is that I’m making life choices, like how to wear my hair, based on my dedication to my running practice. It’s not the first time I’ve noticed this; I’ve put off getting a tattoo on my currently non-tattooed foot because it would mean not running (or wearing real shoes) for 2-3 weeks. But still, when it happens, I stop and go “whoa, I’m really a runner.”

I went ahead and made the chop. My hair is probably 8 or so inches shorter. I did overheat at the gym the other day, so this morning I rocked the tiniest, nubbiest ponytail I’ve ever seen on a non-two-year-old. It did the trick, so I think my training schedule is safe. On the whole I’m glad I took the jump, I look pretty sharp!

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