Rambling: Green Streak

Over the weekend, I did something I never thought I’d ever do. I dyed part of my hair green. Yes, green.

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Obviously, this picture isn’t the best lighting or anything, but you can see it there: green.

Why did I do this?
I’m running the Get Lucky! Chicago Half Marathon in a couple weeks (two from this Saturday, to be exact,) and it’s my first half marathon. I paid about $90 to do this, so I’m definitely overhyping it. Anyways, it’s a St. Patty’s day run, so everything regarding the race is green. What do I decide to do? Dye part of my hair green. I’m not sure if I’m actually trying to be unique or something, but I like it so far.

I was walking to class this afternoon when it actually hit me:  oh my god, part of my hair is greenI never would have thought a year ago I’d have green hair, but then again, a year ago I never thought I’d be in shape enough to run a half marathon, and actually have a chance at a decent time for it. (Aside: I ran a total of 28 miles this weekend – 8 on Thursday afternoon, 10 on Saturday, and 10 on Sunday. Wow. I still can’t believe I did that.)

Anyway, I guess the point of this one is to show how kind of astounded I feel because I’ve changed so much since moving to Chicago. I feel so much more confident (something that felt shattered after this past summer,) and I also know myself so much better. I know my strengths, I understand some of the problems I have as a person, and I know a lot more about my personality. Which kind of sounds weird, but I guess I just didn’t learn enough about that in high school. Between spending a summer with Spirit, moving to Chicago, working however many jobs I actually have, and living with new people, I’ve learned more about myself and I think I’m starting to get a feel for my place in the world.

And that’s why I’ll walk down Michigan Avenue with confidence in my green streak.

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Author: erikabunk

Raised in Northern Minnesota. BA in Radio/Business & Entrepreneurship, but right now just talking too much about running shoes and a Masters Student at DePaul (Journalism). Training for the marathon with various podcasts. Spends too much time on Spotify, in search of the best record store in the world, and dreams of returning to Reykjavík.

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