My friend Tracy, recently completed a triathlon and really started my brain a whirring. When I talked to her about it beforehand, she told me that she wanted to do something BIG this year and that was certainly big. Although, not tempted to do a tri myself, it made me really think about doing something big. There’s something to be said about accomplishing something you (or maybe other people) don’t think you can do. A certain satisfaction in saying, I did something that was hard and I had to work really hard to do it. Being a stay at home mom does not afford me many opportunities to do that. Most days, my toughest challenge is making a dinner worthy of being called both edible and healthy. And some days, I just shoot for edible.
Then I was reading Tracy’s blog and saw that she is doing a half marathon. I could almost feel my head cock to the side with intrigue. A half marathon? Could I do that? I quickly googled to see where this marathon was and when it was. It’s Oct. 19 in the same city as I live. Hmmm… interesting.
I asked Dan on Tuesday what he thought about me doing it. He looked at me as if I just said I was considering smoking a crack pipe. He remarked that it was really far. I replied to him that it wasn’t an actual marathon, it’s a 1/2 marathon. He asked how far that was and I told him 13.1 miles. Crackhead look again and he said “yeah, that’s really far Chris”. Um… yeah, I get that. After getting his reaction and feeling like he doesn’t think I can do this, I get a little fire in my belly. Now, I REALLY want to do it just to show him that I can. Why the hell couldn’t I?
I devise a plan to rope one of my friends into this hair brained scheme. Of course, Tracy is running it but she lives over an hour away and we can’t run together to train. I decide to rope in Megan. I give her my best arguments of why she has to do this too and we come up with a game plan. We start our runs together on Monday morning. First day of training is 3miles! From there, we have 10 weeks to train up to 13miles. Yikes!!!
I know it will be crazy hard and it’ll be so much harder than I’ve ever pushed myself but as weird as it sounds, I am looking forward to it. I’m excited for the challenge and to see just how far my brain can blast my body. Mental toughness is something people like to think they have but how often do you question it? Just how much perseverance and discipline do I have inside me? How much focus and desire do I have? And how far past tired can I go? I guess I’ll get to find out.
I figure this will have to help me lose those 10lbs that are just mocking me everyday. I still have pre-pregnancy clothes that I can’t get anywhere near into and it drives me crazy. I’m not ready to admit defeat & that my body is a lost cause just because a couple babies took residence in it for a while. I figure if I still can’t fit those clothes after this, I’ll be able to happily part with them knowing that I did everything in my power to get back there.
AND of course, there’s the bragging rights. Anyone that knows me (or reads this blog) knows that I absolutely LOVE trash talking. It’s better than chocolate to me. After I accomplish this, I figure I’ll have the right to talk a little smack at the very least. As competative as Megan & I are though, hopefully we don’t kill each other training. I actually think that will be a good thing. We’ll be completely unwilling to give up if the other one is still going. I think that’s good… as long as we don’t die 😉