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I'm one who plans to be spontaneous. I'm serious. Stay with me....
With running, I've always tried to stay at a certain level of fitness, never giving up my longer weekend runs. I did not want to start over. (That is saved for injuries.) I figured this way if I saw a race I really wanted to do, there would be nothing to stop me. The recent Viking Half Marathon is a prime example. I registered on Thursday and traveled on Friday.
I may get a general idea in my head, plant a little seed and let it germinate. But, I don't usually take action until it is in full bloom. Planning is wonderful and I've done my share. Sometimes it's required, say for a major trip for example. But thinking back -- after all of the research, planning and scheduling -- when we arrived at our destination, I felt as if I had already been!
It's nice to have the element of surprise!
Don't get me wrong. Some areas of my life are planned and organized. I work. I have a family. I have obligations. I do like a certain order about things, a certain structure. But, being this way in these areas allows me to be spontaneous in others. If a friend asks on Friday evening if I want to race a 5k the next morning, the answer is YES. If my husband asks if I want to go to the lake, YES let's go!
Spontaneity was one trait that attracted me to my husband. He was willing to go and do without fanfare. He's given me a few trips through the years with just a few days notice. In our younger days we did things such as pack up and drive to the nearest mountain to snow ski, with little thought. This past winter, he nostalgically announced "Beech will have snow this weekend". We should have gone!
Twice last year, I won race entries into destination half marathons. I had about 10 days notice for each. One of those races (REVEL Rockies) was the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, "This Is Why I Run" half I've experienced! What if I had not gone?
You've got to be able to take opportunities that come your way.
Make plans to be spontaneous! It's not as crazy as it sounds.