Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Half MARATHON.  Yes.  I typed the words.  I am doing a half-marathon.  In 17 days.  No, I didn’t just decide today, I decided 3.5 months ago – and started training.  I was originally going to do a nice half in our AZ hometown, but plans fell through (that’s another post coming sometime soon), and I will be now running in the Washington, D.C. National Marathon on March 20th.

Not in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would commit to something like this (if you’d asked me 10 years ago).  But after graduation from college, I took up running as a hobby; a way to relax, to unwind, be in my own mind and worship God in the silence and rhythmic pounding of my feet.  I no longer had coaches giving me workouts, teammates cheering me on, or specified event training for field hockey or track.  I had a roads, desert trails, a mountain and some sneakers.

So I took on running.  Easily at first – it took me a while to get up the nerve to actually “run a race”; because despite popular belief, I may be built like a runner, but I don’t race.  My goal is to finish and not puke.  (sorry, that’s not very poetic, but it is the truth.) 

I did the usual 2 milers, 5k, 8k, etc.  But I made a promise to myself that I wanted to challenge my body to go further.  So, 13 miles it will be. Kinda nuts to say it, but well, I know I can finish, just a matter of how fast.  I’ve been training and trust the system.  I am tapering off of running at the moment, as my knees started to take a beating and I’ve done the long stuff.

I say I wanted to challenge myself, but I also have other reasons too:  I want my children to know that Mommy takes care of her body so she can play with them for a long time to come, so they can see that taking care of your body is a good habit.  I want to run because I know my Dad would be proud of this accomplishment. 

I want to do this because I am raising support for the American Cancer Society and my Dad’s Scholarship fund at the college we attended.  I want to do this to raise awareness; to let people know that skin cancer isn’t just caused by the sun.  I want to do this so my husband is proud of me.  I want to do this because I want to prove to myself that I can be mentally strong enough to do something I know my body can do. 

And I want to do this because, heck, if I can “run” a 10 month marathon of being pregnant (two times!), then I can do this.

Think of me. 

            Pray for me on March 20th at 7AM EST. 

                   And if you desire to fight cancer and raise

                    up future Christian leaders,

                                         sponsor me.


Knocker Boys said...

I'm proud of you! Can't wait to cheer for you. It will be a great achievement! You have a lot of good reasons for doing it. :)

Flamingo Mama said...

so excited for you! i will live vicariously through you:)

hey...i want to sponsor you....just let me know what i need to do.