As a runner I enjoy numbers. I enjoy seeing them pile up as in the almost 4500 miles I have ran during my 558 days of streaking. I also like seeing them go down as in the count down of miles I'll be doing while running my 50 this Saturday.
I also enjoy the way numbers work together.
Take my Fire on the Mountain 50k bib.
Little did I know as I wrote on my bib before that race that the odd 7 in the middle was predicting my finishing time. I like to write encouraging things on my bibs. For the FOTM I used the number 2 to write things like 2 have fun, 2 get a PR, 2 get stronger. I used the number 4 to write things like, 4 better health, 4 ME, 4 my sanity. But that 7 simply didn't offer anything and so I didn't add anything around him.
Yes the number 7 is male, in case you didn't know.
In hindsight, that 7 was telling me about how my race would eventually go.
As in a 7 hour finishing time.
For the Stone Mill 50 Miler
and yes, I have to add the 50 Miler every time
my bib number is 49.
I've already thought of things I will write around that nice number 4.
But feel free to offer suggestions.
I've been having a freaktasticly wonderful running week even though it was a taper week, so that little innocent 9 got the Optimistic Shelly thinking and thinking.
To the point that I've actually spoke the thought out loud,
What if that little innocent 9 was trying to tell me something?
Could it be?
Wouldn't it just be giddy inducingly amazing if my finish time at the
Stone Mill 50 Miler
started with a 9!
Since I know that my mind will carry me much farther in this race then my legs ever will, I will be entertaining that idea clear through the finish line.
S'ghetti Girl will not be a photographer when she grows up
Am I Going Too Fast??
but wearing this to remember that Goal # 1 is to finish.
Safe running and racing this weekend to every one who is blessed enough to be doing it.