As I’ve previously chronicled, there’s a lot that goes into the decision to run your first race. You have to develop a training regimen as well as make significant changes regarding your diet and approach to exercise. For a noob (i.e., newbie) like me, you also have to conquer some long-developed mental hurdles.
Most importantly, you have to pick out an appropriate outfit.
For many of us here at Callahan & Associates, our first race will be this weekend’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile/5K Run.
There, participants take to the street in everything from moisture-wicking performance apparel to full-body pink gorilla suits. One year, we even had a Callahan alum run the Marine Corps Marathon in a spandex Superman costume.
But considering the recent efforts of our co-founder and Chairman Chip Filson to bring transparency to the NCUA chair appointment process (while throwing his hat in the ring for the current vacancy), it seemed appropriate to take a different approach. While there will be thousands on the race course on Sunday, look for the dozen of us sporting this:
We’ll be out there spreading the word about the seven cooperative principles and gathering support for Chip’s efforts to get our leaders here in Washington to follow the same standards credit unions follow. If you haven’t done so already, jump on over to Coops for Change to learn a little more.
I’m looking forward to finishing my first-ever race. I’m also looking forward to running with my good friends — and making new friends along the way — as we loop past the Lincoln Memorial and cross the Memorial Bridge on a crisp Sunday morning.
Most importantly, I’m looking forward to being one of the best dressed on the course. So many people will be looking at us, I bet they won’t even notice all those cherry blossoms.
See you on the race course...