March 12, 2010

Eleanor Roosevelt once said...


"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

(And Kelly Corrigan says this, which is equally as cool.) 

Well, I’ve got a list of things I think I cannot do.

And as cliche as it sounds. . . I figure it’s about time to start crossing them off.

Last March I completed my first Triathlon, something I never thought 1) I would ever want to do and 2) ever could do.

But I did it. And it was amazing. And by amazing I mean the icy lake water hurt my soul and I actually cried halfway through the mountain bike section. But as I crossed the finish line, body nearly broken and spirit very worn, I was overwhelmed with a sense of genuine accomplishment. Never having been particularly gifted in the athletic arena, attempting a triathlon was something completely new and unheard of for me. The look on people’s faces when I told them I’d committed to the race was a mixture of incredulity and feigned enthusiasm…but in the end having those people surround me at the finish line, cheering me on, literally staring in disbelief as I finished – it was incredible. (And yes, wearing a wetsuit made me feel like a super hero.)

So. Back to my list.

This year I’m giving myself a present to celebrate my 25th : I’ve signed up for the See Jane Run Half Marathon in Alameda, on June 5 – the day after my birthday. What better way to start the second half of my twenties?

Completing a half marathon is definitely on my “cannot do” list.

For one, Matthew and I were signed up for one last fall, but ended up being brought down by nasty sickness. I took this as a sign.

Secondly, I’m wired to think that running 13.1 miles voluntarily, for fun, is just plain wrong. I’ve held the belief that the only reason I would want to run 13.1 miles is if I’m being pursued by an unstoppable carnivorous beast – period. And even then, I’m not sure I’d run the whole 13.1 – I may just give up around mile 6 and cut my losses.

In all seriousness, I want to test my own strength. I want that feeling of accomplishment as I cross the finish line – which I’ll feel even if I’m the last, straggling, gasping participant. I want to cross another thing off my “cannot do” list.

So I’ve already started compiling my kick-ass playlist to push me to the end. If anyone has any suggestions…like songs that will make me forget where I am, make me think I’m laying on a tropical beach, or enjoying a blueberry lemon scone – bring it on. Or you know, anything that falls into the category of girl power.


In the spirit of full disclosure: there will be chocolate, champagne, and massages at the finish line. Score.

3 comments:

  1. "Secondly, I’m wired to think that running 13.1 miles voluntarily, for fun, is just plain wrong. I’ve held the belief that the only reason I would want to run 13.1 miles is if I’m being pursued by an unstoppable carnivorous beast – period. And even then, I’m not sure I’d run the whole 13.1 – I may just give up around mile 6 and cut my losses."

    Hands down one of the funniest paragraphs I've ever read. ever.

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  2. You said:

    "...like songs that will make me forget where I am, make me think I’m laying on a tropical beach, or enjoying a blueberry lemon scone – bring it on."

    Rule #1: NEVER, and I mean NEVER listen to any music remotely relaxing, and which causes you to imagine sunbathing on a secluded island in the Bahamas while trying to cover 13.1 miles of acreage in a half-marathon.

    Rule #2: NEVER, and I mean you NEVER want to listen to any music which causes you to "forget where you are" while trying to negotiate speeding motorists, other runners, speed maniacs on mopeds, dogs nipping at your heels because their people don't know what a leash is, and any other person or thing that could trip, attack, or run you over.

    The most appropriate kind of motivational and inspirational music should be something that will spark imagination and ACTION!. Something like the sound of a thousand screaming women behind you, or, the voice of someone shouting, "LADY!, YOUR PANTS IS ON FIRE!!!!!(with accompanying music-Flight Of The Bumblebee)"

    If you follow my suggestions you should cross the finish line in 13.1 seconds.

    Good luck!

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  3. I'm so proud of you. I wouldn't run in a wet suit, even though the super hero vibe is amazing! "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" is a secret motivational song for me. Give it a go!

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