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."