Sunday, May 4, 2008

I think I have officially lost my mind... my NEWEST news...



So, today I didn't hit our workout because I was in Frederick with my sister. Today she ran her FIRST full marathon. She did sooo well and I was really proud of her. I don't have a picture to post, but her official chip time was 4:21 for her first marathon. She rocked it out! So, today, I got to watch my first marathon ever, and I have to say, it actually looked fun! I know, I hate running. So me admitting that running looked fun is sort of an oxymoron.

But really, it reminded me of CrossFit. The people along the course were friendly to the runners, and were cheering for people regardless of who they were really there to see. I think my mother cheered at every woman (especially those close to her age) that she saw on the course and repeatedly kept saying, "You go girl!" Now, I'm not sure if that helped, but eh, my mom meant it in the best way. But anyway, it really reminded me of CrossFit. The people cheering for everyone, wanting them to finish, the runners cheering for each other, laughing and smiling along the way. It was funny to see the pace groups together laughing and having a good time at mile 14. They loved it, and it truly was great to see.

So, Tanya has been on my backside for weeks now to run a 5k. Well, after watching the runs today, well, I decided that maybe doing a race wouldn't be such a horrid thing. So I'm going to give it a try. I have officially (ie money paid and everything) entered into a half marathon. No, I did not stutter. I said half marathon. The girl who HATES running, is going to run. Kind of like the girl who hates running and burpees, did a circuit yesterday with running and burpees. (Seriously though dude, can I just tell you. Whatever drugs someone slipped me, I need to get more. The energy and drive I've had to workout lately is crazy!)So me and October have a date in Baltimore at the Baltimore half marathon.

In truth, I'm terrified. Running is by far my weakest event. But, but! I don't want to race to see who is fastest, I want to race to see if I have the guts. I have pushed my limits in CrossFit before, now it is time to exponentially push those limits. I'm not going to do any crazy training, although perhaps I should look into pose, but I'm going to do me, stay in the Zone, watch my diet carefully and adjust as necessary, and just train hard enough that I can finish strong. I have CrossFit goals. I am getting closer to meeting them. My 15 chins are still ever elusive, as is that first hand stand pushup. Although, my five perfect pushups are getting ever closer. Now it's time to make some goals that sort of pertain to CrossFit, but take me in another direction as well.

So, after I got home today, I was definitely feeling inspired (and ungodly fat after looking at some of those runners today!) and decided that even though I hit four workouts this week with my little doozy yesterday, I would go workout today. So, once I got home, I strapped myself in for a run. I hit about 3 miles (it may have been a teeny bit more) with minimal walking. I have to add that in there because I had to keep stopping at the crosswalks. Apparently, running out in front of cars is a BAD idea.... hmmmm... imagine that. After I got home, I was still inspired (apparently, even though I have no idea where that came from) and hit some tabata sit ups. Ew, and ow! Why I thought sit ups after a 3 mile run were a good idea, again, not a clue. I think I need to examine my thought processes a little more closely these days.

But anyhoo... all in all it was a good day today. I'm psyched, I'm nervous, I'm pumped, I'm scared spitless, but I'm really excited to challenge myself. So, feel free to send your support my way over the next few months. I'm sure October will be here before I know it, and I'm going to need it! (And yes, the photo is part of the course I'll be running in just 5 months!)

"Only those who risk going too far, can find out how far one can possibly go."
~T.S. Eliot

18 comments:

Mr. Mirek said...

No better way to know your limits than to test them. Awesome goal Katie, and I know you will accomplish your goal of finishing the course. How do I know this? 'Cause apparently you don't like quiting, and when you are 7 miles in and nowhere near the finish line, you will kick yourself in the rear, grit your teeth, and travel onward. And hire a cheering crew. What your mom was doing really does help. Get someone to yell things that will make you laugh and take your mind off the running. My favorite marathon/running slogan to see or hear; "Run like you stole something!" :)

Katie said...

This goes well with one of my other favorite sayings, "Drive it like you stole it." ;) Not that I would do that of course... and by that I mean steal things... ;)

Katie said...

Thanks for the encouragement! :)

georgia said...

That's a great goal, Katie! Good luck :)

Laura said...

Katie,
What an amazing commitment, especially for someone who hates to run. Below are some words of motivation from a triathlon blog (IM Able). Keep these in mind between now and October.


"I am doing this year ...to be a better person. Not to be a faster person, or a more competitive one. I'm doing it to grab hold of each moment I am alive and make the most out of it. Breathe each breath that I'm granted. Take full and complete advantage of the life that I have -- graciously free of disease and heartache and full of joy and wonderful people.

And I realized I do this because it is the right thing to do. It's right to make the most of being on this earth -- being alive. My Mom had decades of her life stolen from her by cancer. But, she knew that you grab hold when you can and participate for the experience, not to avoid last place. Somewhere in those last 30 miles or so I dropped that knowledge and got distracted with numbers and expectations. Somewhere in those last turns and hills I forgot what she taught me with how she lived.

But I remember, now.

You do it because it is the right thing to do.

You do it to place at all."

Katie said...

Thank you Laura! Those were great words! I am not running to see if I can win. I want to run to see if I can finish. Do I have the guts? Do I have what it takes for 13.1 miles? I sure hope so. I ran 3.1 miles last night at a pace just about where I need to be to finish before they close the course, so hopefully it will only get better from here. Thanks for all your support already guys! :) I may need to make a shirt before the race so I may carry my CrossFitters with me during my race.... ;) I like shirts!

Mr. Mirek said...

Here's a marathoner's trick for motivation...write your name on your shirt or arms. People will cheer for you by name. It takes a little getting used to when hearing complete strangers say your name, but trust me that it is a boost to your morale. And if you want to take us with you, how about little cut-outs of our faces? You can find mine on Facebook...Paul Mirek.

Tanya said...

Yeah the name thing is fun! I've done that in both marathons! Or anything on your shirt...people will yell it for you!

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Mr. Mirek said...

considering the bluemont 5k on august 5th in arlington, va. anyone want to consider it with me?

Katie said...

Hmmmm... I'm not sure if I can get that many faces (clearly) on a shirt... I may just settle for names... I already know what the back will say for my race... well and the front for that matter...it's been planned and in my head since yesterday... ;)

As for August... AUGUST?! In DC? Hmmmm... 100% humidity and ew? I'll consider it... ;) But only because I like you! :P

Adrienne said...

Way to go Katie! I can't wait to hear how training goes. I'd love to join you. Is there still space to register?

Katie said...

Absolutely Adrienne! If you're interested, you can check out the website. If you register before a set date you get a discount. The race is also sponsored by under armor so you get a cool shirt too. ;) Nothing like bribery! :)

Here's the site for you, if you or anyone else is interested in signing up! :) (Tanya? Mr. Mirek?)

http://www.thebaltimoremarathon.com/site3.aspx

Kim said...

You're crazy! From one non runner to another.... I am proud of you. I have complete faith that if you set your mind to do this then you will! Stay strong. Keep eating healthy. You inspire many Katie!

Katie said...

Awww... everybody, you're giving me tingles!!! Yay! I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time! You are getting me all excitimated for the race already! :)

RP said...

Never a dull moment on Katie's blog !! Love it. RP

Tanya said...

I'm going to have to decline the half invite. As much fun as it would be to run 13.1 mi saturday and 26.2 mi on sunday, I don't think it will give me a PR in either. Chicago marathon is the 12th. Gotta honor that free entry!

Katie said...

RP, glad to see ya brother! Thanks for dropping round. If you think this is exciting, you should read what I wrote today! :P

Tanya, I don't know why you think running 39 miles won't give you a PR... I mean really... find your inner Indy Pace Car/Draft horse... ;)