Designing Shirts and Reading Books - Fodder for My Fiyah!
|I found the treasure!|
So, what have I been doing to feed my creative muses?
Well, something most barefoot runners have already done prior to learning to run barefoot. Reading about it. I hate to admit it, but I haven't read a lick about barefoot running except for the bits and pieces of information I find on the BRS forums. The one book I've wanted to read, but was holding back on, is now dog-eared at page 161. Christopher McDougall's Born to Run.
This book was temporarily off my "to do" radar until a good friend of mine picked it up on her way to Vegas. I get a text from her mid flight saying "OMG!! You have got to buck up and read this!!!" She knew I wanted to read it, but heard my myriad of excuses about "not being ready... yet." I'd heard the book was not only inspirational, but the people who read it find themselves suddenly igniting lofty goals. Like signing up to run their first marathon... barefoot. Or deciding they want to do their first ultra. Seriously? I don't have time to train for a marathon let alone an ultra! And already being a runner at heart and it already being my passion, I could only imagine what kind of goals would transpire after I finished the last page. So my plan was to put Born to Run on the back burner until my kids were older. That was my plan. Until now.
The next text I got from my friend said something like this...
"I'm in Vegas, walking down The Strip barefoot! Its awesome! I'm really drunk."
Ok. That confirmed it for me. People really do crazy shit after they read this book. The Vegas Strip? Really? And drunk? Not exactly the best of decisions, but I was happy she was feeling the fiyah! Now she got it. I wasn't so crazy afterall. In fact, I was feeling like the sensible one at that moment. Really sensible. I texted her back to take it easy... and... for pete's sake!! Watch where she was stepping!!! And then I thought to myself... Damn! That must be a good book! I don't care what it makes me do, I want in on that action! To hell with it. I've got to read that book.
So for Mother's Day, my husband drew me a pirate map. Yes. A pirate map. Because we have pirate dinners at our house on occasion. You know? Where you get to eat with your hands and you can forget about table manners. These dinners are never complete without a treasure hunt for the kids, and on Mother's Day, for me too. So I followed my map and it led me to my new book.
So far, it has sucked me in just like everybody said it would. And even though my plans to do my first half marathon mountain run were already in the works before I opened the cover, I'm definitely using the book as fodder for my running fiyah. And I will need that inspiration come July and August when I plan to do my first serious trail races completely minimal. I'm struggling with the shoe part, but I'll have to leave that for another blog post.
In the meantime, I'll be finishing up on these tshirt designs and posting the giveaway soon so keep checking back!
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