As you may have noticed, I’m someone who likes to have a stretch goal (not a plan mind you, but a goal). It gets me pepped, and gets the creative juices going thinking about how to achieve it and helps keep me motivated. And I’ve been conteplating a new one since things have been going so well.
My original post talked about my 40th coming up next year, and how if I had a big party, I’d like not to be the center of physical gravity in the room. I’m sort of leaning against a big do now (in who nows, the mood may change again in the next 6 months). But I am contemplating something that seems fairly ambitious to me but that I would possibly need to decide shortly..
I’m not currently a runner, and yeah, I’m still just over the obese line. But I used to enjoy it 19 years ago when I weighed 188. I realize I’d be trying to essentially go from 0 to 26.2 miles in slightly less than a year (it’s in early November). Oh and let’s not forget, I’m crazy – just finishing isn’t enough, I gotta have a good time too. Preferably the best time. (Oh and I’d want to be trying out the tarahumara running style [with shoes]).
The reason for the decision now is that for about the same money as a big party, I can get myself a guaranteed spot right now. Otherwise it’s go for the lottery or for a charity sponsor (which would probably cost me more since you have to raise a hefty chunk of money for the charity and cover the delta from the minimum). I’d hate to give up a party and not get in. Plus having paid for it would be a big motivator to train for it. (And on the other hand, if it looks real bad, I can defer my entry by one year).
Also compounding the craziness – I mentioned it to my best friend as a long shot and he came back with saying he always wanted to do it too. So I’d have a training buddy to a limited degree.
So how crazy am I?