Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Only Half Crazy?

After running with my sister on vacation we agreed that we'd like to do a race together. I didn't think much of it, I was thinking Turkey Trot when we were home over Thanksgiving. Then I got the e-mail, "how about The Country Music Half Marathon?" At first I laughed. Then I checked it out. Its the week of my 40th birthday, I felt like that was a sign and told her I'd do it. We still haven't worked out who is going with us--is it a couples weekend with Gman and BIL or is it a family weekend and Mom & Dad will come too or even a girls weekend and we bring Mom along? Only time will tell.
So, after deciding I was going to train to run 13.1 miles I decided what the heck I'd add the Columbia Triathlon to my spring calendar as well. It will be my first Olympic distance tri. The bike is hard, the swim requires a wetsuit and well the run is 10K--I've never run 10K. But if I can run 13.1 miles what is 6.2 a few weeks later? Remember that this time last year I couldn't run At. All. No running to 5K was certainly more daunting than moving up from 3 to 13 miles.

So, I'll be looking to all my tri and running friends for advice on preparing for the half as well as the tri. First on my agenda after Iron Girl is being a diligent Weight Watcher and dropping at least another 25 pounds. It has to make everything easier. I have been stuck for about 6 weeks and while its better than being where I started I would like to be un-stuck.

I think this just proves that pushing yourself does make you believe you can do anything!


Gretchen said...

Way to Go! I'm sure you'll do great. The 1/2 looks like a lot of fun!

Jen said...

Mamamaven, I ran into one of your posts on the WW board and you mentioned that the "road is torn up." I was just looking at the Tricolumbia site earlier and read that little tid bit. I am signed up for the Columbia Iron Girl on the 24th and since it was my first triathlon ever and a HUGE stretch for me.... I signed up for the North East, MD tri for THIS WEEKEND too! I mean, why not, RIGHT?? My point is- I think we are an awful lot alike- my boobah is pre-K age.... but I am still wondering how she got that old! I didn't sign up for the Nashville half, but I am signed up for the Sun Trust 1/2 in DC in March.

I will look for your posts- this blog that you are keeping encourages me!

Tree said...

I am so happy and excited for you! I love the 1/2 marathon distance as it is challenging, but not as all-consuming as a full marathon. But I think the triathlon training is more consuming than the half.

You inspire me!