I selected book #30!
“I heard the comment in passing, approximately eight miles into the Twin Cities Marathon. ‘To think,’ said a woman spectator, ‘they paid to do this.’ Her comment floated out of the crowd, but by the time I turned to look, my stride had carried me past where she stood beside the course.”
Oh Hal… Why did I pay to do this?
Yes, I’ve resigned myself for the next, oh, 105ish days to train to run a marathon. My goal is to “Finish Upright”. If it takes me 6 hours, so be it (oh lord above please do not make it last 6 hours). If I manage to BQ on my first attempt, so be it. [Didn't I sound cool there? Do you know what "BQ" means? Yeah me neither until about 3 months ago. It means qualify for Boston (as in the Boston Marathon) and that would mean, for me, to run it in 3:39:59 or faster. HA! Ok so maybe I don't sound cool to anyone out there.]
But as Hal Higdon, the running guru that he is, suggested, your goal for your first marathon should be to FINISH. Time should not be of a concern because no matter what, you’re going to PR!
[Wouldn't that suck to have the best time ever on your first marathon and then keep running them to try to improve and never get better? Gah.]
[In other news, my precious Food Network is broken on my TV. This is the second time it has happened this week. This is a sad day.]
[Luckily Wheel of Fortune is on.]
So I’m reading this book so I can hopefully arrive at the start line mentally prepared (and one would really hope physically prepared). I decided to start my 30′s off with a bang — what carries more cachet than “I ran a marathon!”
Ok maybe “I won an Oscar!”
or “I won the Nobel Prize!”
or “I won the lottery for a hundredgazillionquintillion dollars!”
But I don’t play the lottery, I’m not in movies (unless you count fitness dvds) and where as I try to encourage peace wherever I go, I don’t think I’m in the running for that or any Nobel Prizes. (although I knew a girl whose Dad won the nobel prize for Chemistry, that was wild)
Anyway, so I run. Three weeks in to the 18 week plan and I feel good, strong, fit. There’s some running, there’s some spinning, there’s some yoga. Hopefully 100 days from now, I’ll still be feeling good, strong and fit.
Cuz really, feeling good, strong and fit is more important than saying I BQ’ed.
Oh and here’s that fitness DVD I was talking about: