Knowing The Difference Between Badass And Dumbass

When hurricane Sandy was rolling in, I had to get to the pharmacy. On my short drive there, I saw a woman out power walking in the driving rain and thought:

There's badass, and then there's dumbass. Know the difference!

I had to remind myself of the same thing when I took my new Garmin Forerunner 10 out for a test run on December 26.

Garmin Forerunner 10

The Weather Channel App said that it was snowing,

Weather Channel App (snow)

so I bundled up.

Nike HatLong-sleeved running topsRunning Gloves

I walked to my starting point and turned on my Garmin Forerunner 10. It took a bit longer to find the satellite signal than my Garmin 405 usually does, but that could be because it was its first use. Once it was ready, I hit the start button and began my run.

After I turned the first corner, it felt like my face was being pelting with sleet, and it sounded more like sleet than snow. As I started up the first hill, I noticed that the road was a bit slick, although I never lost my footing. As I neared the edge of my neighborhood, I was debating what to do. The precipitation felt wetter and wetter and I could barely see because my glasses were covered with drops of water. To run beyond my neighborhood, I would have to use sidewalks–which were untreated and accumulating a layer of partially frozen slush.

I decided that continuing to run would be more dumbass than badass. There was no reason to risk a twisted ankle–or a cracked Garmin!–from a fall. There was no reason to risk a cold from getting soaked to the skin with icy rain. Since I was keeping my Garmin dry under my jacket sleeve, I couldn’t even see the display, so it wasn’t much of a test run. I opted to head home, running halfway up my hill to minimize the time I would have to spend walking in what had become quite miserable weather!

Another check of the Weather Channel App confirmed what I had learned first-hand.

Weather Channel App (winter advisory)

When I got in the house I realized just how soaked I was. I had to change clothes completely before I could round out my workout time with Jillian.

This DVD jumped into my cart when I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. I have several friends who like it–I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve made it through all three levels! After 20 minutes with Jillian, I did my 7 minute plank routine. I had to keep reminding myself of this motivational mantra to finish each 30-second plank.

hard is where it happens

Do you know the difference between badass and dumbass?

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6 Responses to Knowing The Difference Between Badass And Dumbass

  1. steena says:

    The thing I know about the difference between dumbass and badass, is that no matter what you do, people will have their opinion about it. Most important thing is to do what ultimately makes you happy.

  2. Which at least means not being so dumbass that you get hurt!

  3. Tara says:

    I LOVE the quotes!!!! I think you should copyright them because I feel the urge to steal them! Glad you decided to be a smartass? LOL! We all have that dumbass streak from time to time though.

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