Confessions of an adrenaline junkie (nonextremist)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Hi, my name is Alecia & I'm addicted to adrenaline.
You won't find me jumping from restricted caverns or trying to scale the Eiffel tower in a flying squirrel base jumping suit (yet), but I do enjoy the heightened excitement that competition and event days bring.
I've completed only 2 major competitive runs this year so far (my season's just beginning). This period between runs is giving me ants in the pants (but not cooties)! I'm looking for inexpensive runs in my area, but in a large city with a very active fit culture that's rather difficult. Most of the fun races here are national chains and unless you register nearly a year in advance you can expect to pay upwards of $45
, no bueno for a grad student on a tight budget.
Back home running was cheap. The demand for "active culture" (sounds like a term used to describe the probiotics in my yogurt, lol) was just enough to support events, but not enough to raise the price and entry fees to ridiculous levels, and organizers were practically begging for participation. I suppose the trade-off is fair though. Surroundings that support a fit lifestyle for a higher cost of participation, or surroundings that are not as motivating with lower entry costs.
So, I will continue to run my local parks, enter contests to win race entries, and wait until my half marathon in November.