Tuesday, November 13, 2012
"You Can't Run a Marathon"
It's official, the company I work for has been accepted as an official charity for a Rock n' Roll Marathon next October. This is something we had been bouncing around the office for a few weeks, finally applying and being accepted. When the idea initially came up I was quite excited. My exercise routine lately has consisted of walks to the mailbox and the occasional game of tag at the park. I was looking forward to the notion of having something to "train" for.
Upon first mentioning the marathon to my husband his immediate reply was laughter followed by, "You can't run a marathon!"
"First of all, you don't know how to run. (I do actually KNOW how to run. I may look a little silly doing it, but I KNOW how!") Secondly, you'd never be able to run that far."
"I do. I can. And I will! I mean seriously what is it like 5 miles, anyone can do that."
Hysterical laughter from the hubby. "You don't even know what a marathon is! No, not 5 miles, 26 miles."
Long pause from me caused by utter shock of what my ears have heard!
Back at work, I begin my logical explanation of why it is I won't be able to join in on the marathon fun, leading of course with as a mom of two young children I certainly won't have time to train, even if the damn thing is a year away. Never mind the fact that even if I did have the time I'd much rather spend it at Happy Hour! But unfortunately we were too far down the road to marathon madness. And so it was decided that I would participate in the relay portion, taking my total mileage down from 26 to around 7.
Okay, I can do this. Time to start training. That weekend I put the tennis shoes on and hit the trail. Two miles later I return home so out of breath I can barely speak. Jackson takes one look at me and says, "Mommy, you got a sunburn!"
Wish me luck people, I'm going to need it!