Friday, November 21, 2008

I never thought I would see the day.

Do you remember when you were little and your mom made you wear a hat and you didn't want to because it was oh so uncool? I'm almost over that. I really have no need to impress anyone, so if I have to look silly sometimes, that's fine. But I couldn't carry that feeling all the way. At least not enough to wear a head lamp. I knew that things would be so much easier if I could see. I knew I wouldn't have to worry about stepping on a stick, having my feet come out from underneath me and breaking my leg. And there is also knowing that it might make me easier to see than just my blinky light. But I just couldn't make myself look like a miner. Couldn't do it.

Even with Terri talking about her's, still couldn't do it. I tried to tell myself that she is a pretty cool chick, and if she can get away with it, then I could too. But, nope, still couldn't do it.

But then I was at Meijer the other night and they had some cheapy LED headlamps. So I bought one along with Ashley's diet cat food (the handsome Steve thinks she is getting chunky, I say its just her fluffy fur).

I busted the light out last night and I am sold. Best $10 bucks I have ever spent in my life. I felt a little silly waiting to cross at the one corner I cross, but I got over it. I thought it would bop around a lot, but it stayed completely steady. I was worried it would annoy me, but I didn't even know it was there. I never even realized before how much I stressed out about stepping on some dog poo or slipping on wet leaves. And before last night, I never would have known that the two wooden bridges I cross are currently pretty icy. At least not until I crashed on my face. All I had to do with my third eye strapped to my head was run. It was great!

Moral of the story - I'm sold.


Julie said...

the best is you get to make up clever responses to people who stare or ask. "I'm going spelunking!" or "coal mining" are great places to start.

Terri said...

I will have to send you a picture of just how nerdy I look with mine on, but the way I look at it, running in the morning anyone I might see is also half-asleep and probably won't care. We have the same problem around here - when it's dark and icy, there'd be no way for you to know other than to slip, if you didn't have a lamp on.

I'm so glad you got one, and I am so jealous you have that Meijer store out there. I've been to the one near my sister between Paw Paw, and Kalamzoo, and it's awesome!

X-Country2 said...
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X-Country2 said...

What a fun purchase! I always want to buy one, but I'm not quite over the uncool part yet. :o)

Thanks for the kind words about my race report. I like the shot bloks because it's a smaller portion. A full gel is too much at once and hauling around an open GU is too messy.

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