Monday, September 19th 2011
A Half Is Still A Lot. (For Me.)

So I sorta decided to try a half marathon.

I think that sentence means I haven’t really decided.


Here is the Diagram of my Indecision….


Reasons NOT To Attempt 1/2 Marathon (the abridged version, because I could go on and on and on):

1. I am not a runner.

2. I am not terribly interested in changing that, because it bores me.

3. Don’t be fooled by the fraction. A 1/2 is still kinda a whole lotta more than one would think should be an allowable quantity for something only called a 1/2.

4. Sometimes I get it into my head that I can do stupid stuff I totally canNOT do. Like if I watch Ice Road Truckers? (Which I’ve only done once, maybe twice.) I can’t HELP but think, “I could do that. I could SO do that. If I were not a Texas mother of small children, I’d be a rockin ice road trucker.” And I completely forget that I get whiny for a parka when the temperature falls below 85 degrees and that the tires those drivers change weigh more than I do and of COURSE I cannot be an ice road trucker.

5. This could be a lot like that.

6. This particular 1/2 marathon is in a VERY hilly area. Where I come from, the ground is flat. And so when I go out of town and the ground is not flat? (Like on my dad’s gently sloping driveway… I TRIP. Because I am not used to gently sloping ground and I cannot walk on it. Much less run 13.1 miles on HILLS. See. It’s the Ice Road Trucker thing. It TOTALLY is.)

7. When I went to see the course, my very nice SUV with a big engine had noticeable difficulty going up one of those hills. I am not as tough as a very nice SUV with a big engine. Much as I’d like to think that I am.  And I’m SO not. Because when the SUV started chugging and sputtering and cursing me for taking it out of its flatland existence…. I cried. Oh, yes, I did. It just killed me that the car was objecting to a hill I was considering for myself.

8. It’s only 8 weeks away, and I’m nowhere near ready. (Even if I weren’t a crying mess in the face of big hills.)

9. And yesterday I went to the gym and thought I’d just run a little until the end of the Cowboys game. And then they went into overtime. And I had to keep running. And I thought I’d DIE, thanks Cowboys, I thought we had a deal there.

10. I’ve never actually run a race. Since…. track in junior high. And even then my event was just the 400m. I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to start with a 1/2.

11. There might be other people there who will inadvertently touch me or talk to me. Ick.

12. I’d rather be on my Harley.

13. I’m kidding. I’ve never been on a motorcycle. (but would love to.) Something about those bumper stickers always makes me a bit wistful for the owners. Don’t you always want to say, “then GO? GO, honey, and go ride. Be free. Stop driving around in a pickup complaining via bumper sticker and making mothers everywhere sad for you that you are not right in this moment living your transportation-al destiny.”

Or is that just me?

14. Okay. That was a tangent. You caught me. Confession: I just don’t want to get to the other part of this post. And yet we’re there.


Reasons for Attempting 1/2 Marathon (the unabridged version):

1. Sometimes it’s vitally important to push yourself to do the impossible. (And usually, at least for me, that’s when I feel least up to the challenge.) If for no other reason — just for deliberately seeking the uncomfortable experience of testing. Where are the boundaries? Maybe I’m not capable of this, but will I be able to get through some of it before I fall apart? Or half of it? How much? Or maybe I’ll slide back down a really big hill, crying and snotting and that’ll be the sad end of me. But even so…  I should probably find out. 

I genuinely do NOT think I can pull this off. It’s too much, too hard, too soon, there’s too many unknowns, and I feel completely intimidated and defeated at the thought of taking on this particular race. But I feel that way about other stuff in my life, too, that I don’t have the option of skipping. And if I can do this… or just attempt it and fail but give it everything within me… maybe the other stuff won’t seem so impossible either.

And maybe that’s all the reason I’m looking for, anyway.



11 Comments on “A Half Is Still A Lot. (For Me.)”

Mother T
September 20th, 2011
6:19 am

My youngest daughter, her husband, and their 10 yr. old, have started running 5K races this summer. They go back and forth between loving it and hating it, but they still keep doing it. It’s funny to hear the 10 yr. old calling one of his parents a wimp if they can’t finish a hill, or a practice run. Maybe you ought to get one of your boys to train with you???

September 20th, 2011
6:43 am

I’ve never even heard of ice road truckers. But if this half marathon is supposed to happen in a place where it’s not going to be freezing cold in 8 weeks, I believe you could do a really good job with it. Just saying.

Also, LOVE the idea of training with the boys. I wonder which one(s) would think that was a great idea?!

September 20th, 2011
11:18 am

You know, it occurred to me that it must be really hard work to chug a whole giant truck up a big hill – and it might be a lot less work to jog one pretty small person up that same hill. You know, minus all that extra weight. Just a thought.

September 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

mother T,
i think they’ll have to be involved somehow – great idea!

thanks for the vote of confidence!
the other day we were walking into target and Eth said that he thought we were about 7 miles from home. I mentioned considering this race and how long it would be. Caden looked very disturbed by the idea.

i choose to embrace the ‘easier to get a person up a hill than a truck’ idea. not to examine it for logic. just to go with it. thank you.

September 21st, 2011
5:29 am

Wow, Kelsey. You blow me away! I’m sure you can do it if you really want to. :)
I am going to run my first 5k this Sunday. I never ran before, never exercised much actually. Just started this year, so this is a big deal for me. Maybe next year I’ll do ten k, but a half marathon? I’ll leave that to you.

September 21st, 2011
10:31 pm

I absolutely can not think of *anything* I would be less likely to do, unless it would be volunteering to carry water in hell.
Put down the running shoes and step away from the track. It’s going to be okay.
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September 22nd, 2011
12:37 pm

Go for it! I recently caught the running bug but I have not done a 1/2 marathon yet. Good luck with your training!

September 22nd, 2011
11:07 pm

way to go, Sara!!! but you can’t be impressed with me until I actually do something!

this had me SNORTING out loud at an intersection today. HA!

oh, Laurie, I NEED to catch that particular bug!

September 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

I hope it goes great for you! Maybe you should consider knee pads and gloves like little scooter riding kids wear. Just as a precaution so you can finish the run, even if you fall once or twice.

October 4th, 2011
2:23 pm

Good luck! I just finished my first 5k and it was rough even after training for 3 months, but I’m ready to sign up for another. I think it’ll be a while before I tackle a half marathon…
oh and a word of advice….don’t wear rings….
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Jennifer Sullivan
October 7th, 2011
7:07 pm

Of course you can do this. Why couldn’t you? You do lots of heart pumping scary cardio stuff all of the time that sounds like a lot of work. So this will probably be really easy for you once you start. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.
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