So I cut off my hair. For a good reason - I said goodbye to my mermaid waves.
I tweeted this photo, but people had less to say about the hair than about the four blue pigs you see in the background.
That narrow closet is my new running wall - medals and a bag from the Philly Marathon are hung from the wall. The pigs are part of it. They're Blue Pigs that I bought at Congress Hall in Cape May - one for every year I've run the Ocean Drive 10 Miler.
The 2008 Ocean Drive 10 was my first long distance race ever. I was so dazed and thrilled after the race, that I bought a Blue Pig and wrote my time on its tag.
In the 2009 race, I dropped more than 15 minutes off my time. So of course, I had to buy another pig and do the same thing.
2010? Not so great. I'd been training for a marathon and had to drop out because of a hip injury right around the time of the OD10. I was tempted to just say screw it and run the full marathon that is part of this race weekend, but common sense said I'd probably hurt myself. Still, I ran the OD10, and of course, got a pig despite some controversy.
By 2011, I had a streak going, so of course I ran the race again despite that medal incident from the year before. I ran seven races in 11 weeks, and this was one of them. No picture of a pig in my post about it, but there is a picture of my dog (who just turned 10, by the way).
Which brings me to the 2012 race. I will NOT be running the OD10 next year. Instead? I'll be doing the full marathon.
Maybe I'll have to buy two pigs to honor the occasion.