Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Ok, so those who know me already know that I definitely have crazy in me. But an.... opportunity?... to showcase the crazy has come up and it has me wondering.
I also have crazy friends. One in particular. We've been friends since we were working together at McDonald's. I started March 86. She started in July 86. We lost touch for about 8 years at one point, but she's still a very good friend. In the last couple years we've done several 5Ks and 5mile races together. SHE is crazy. A couple summers ago she was regularly going to the local nature preserve and running 3... 3.5 miles or so. Then she sets her mind to an upcoming trail race. She does a 5.5 mile run... an 8.5 mile run... and a 12.5 mile run as prep and then does the race. Did I mention the race was a 50K... yes FIFTY K... 31 MILES. She finished at about 9 hours 15 minutes.
So, that brings me to this "crazy opportunity". Run the Bluegrass... a March 29th run that starts/ends at Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington and runs NOT downtown but out around some of the most beautiful horse farms in the country. They're giving out really nice Nike wicking t-shirts or tanks (the tank is adorable) and these AMAZING finish medals featuring Zenyatta, 2010's horse of the year (despite being a MARE). I saw her when I was watching the reality show "Jockeys". What a horse.
The catch? The run is a Half Marathon! 13.1 miles with a 3:30 time limit.
Now, there is also a 7 mile run. Same shirts, same medal design though a bit smaller. And the course starts/ends the same but obviously doesn't cover the same ground.
I haven't run since November. I've never run more than the 5 mile turkey trot. I've never even WANTED to run more than maybe a 10K. I'm trying to get Shirley ready for the season. I don't like running in the cold and am simply not that motivated (thus no running since November). I'm also trying to sell my farm and move... a potential buyer is supposed to be talking to banks this week.
But I'm competitive. I know even if I sign up for the Half that I won't be running "with" Amber... she does a lot more than I do and is faster. I managed to hang with her for 1 of our triathlons and that was only because she was competing with a double ear and sinus infection!! What I don't understand is why I'm drawn to the Half and not so much the 7 mile. That's certainly NOTHING to sneeze at! I'm fairly confident that I could finish inside the time limit. It's a 16min/mile pace. Typical KY rolling hills so I could at least run half of it (flat and downhill places). BUT I've never tried anything that long.
I'm really not sure what to do. It's not cheap... $60 for the 7 mile, $90 for the Half... plus half the hotel room that Amber already has reserved, plus meals and gas of course.
So... completely crazy? Am I setting myself up for failure... or some great adventure?
Monday, November 11, 2013
There are times when I think something or feel something but until I verbalize it, it just rattles around in my head... something that's just there but not there enough to face. You either let it out and face it, whatever that may mean... or you keep it in, and it just keeps rattling. Time to let it out.
I've been trying to put together a deal to buy a new farm. Financially it means selling my current farm. I've been approved for the accepted offer amount, but the biggest hurdle I think is yet to come... getting a "good" appraisal. As with most farms, the value is not in the farm facilities like barns, fencing and arenas... but in land and house. So it's going to be close. Good appraisal means going forward with no issues. Bad appraisal means either the deal doesn't go through or I have to come up with additional money.
The property, to me, is worth what they're asking (and no, they aren't willing ot drop the price at this time for a couple reasons). It has 2 nice barns with 8 total stalls... potentially 4 additional. I have 5 horses ready to come in for boarding the second I have possession. There's an outdoor arena that would cost me close to $10,000 to put in. Not to mention the 17.5+ acres closer to friends and town but with plenty of privacy and the possibility of expansion.
So what's been rattling? What do I do if the deal falls through. I've been staying positive. This IS my new farm. But if it doesn't.... the rattling thought is that I can't at this point stay where I am long term. It's been almost 3 years since Thom initially left... and 2 since he "finally" left. I still go home to a 4 bedroom house that was bought for a family of 5. I have my horses at home but they're in a barn that I use about 25% of (and only have "stuff" in about half). And they graze on 4 acres... less than I ever would have considered buying. I'm close enough to town and work and all, but it's still a drive... mostly for friends to come see me. Frankly, they don't. Trying to keep up with 3.788 acres by myself is harder than what I hope to be doing which is keeping up with 17.5 acres with help (because I'll be closer to everyone). I can't take in boarders where I am because there isn't enough room.
It's simply not the right place for me... physically or emotionally. And I'm coming to terms with that... part of doing so is saying it.... dealing with it. Just like trying to deal with the rattle that says "you don't matter" -- that one has more weight and history behind it, so it's a long term project. I'm hoping the farm deal doesn't last past spring.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Today I participated in the Lake Loramie Triathlon (canoe/bike/run). Have a few thoughts that I wanted to write down.
This was my second triathlon. Due to a planned vacation, I ended up doing this one solo. The official results have me finishing at 2:59:06 overall. Which put me in LAST of the Solo division (15th of 15) and LAST of everyone who finished (there were 2 of the 111 participants that didn't finish).
I'm competitive. I always have been. So don't take this next comment wrong because I enjoy doing well and love to win. But honestly... for this, I am PERFECTLY FINE coming in last. I actually thought about this the entire race. Within the first 20 minutes, a female team passed me on the lake and the person in the back had a t-shirt on that said "Don't Come In Last". I hated that t-shirt and was really glad I didn't see it the rest of the race. I understand the sentiment, but when you're doing something difficult... actually TRYING something that is hard... why is it so bad to come in last? At least you're trying. And DOING! Better to come in last doing something... than to never try at all, right? And fter seeing the t-shirt, during the lake portion about the last turn before heading to the take-out, a friend of the people in the canoe next to me told her friends "you're not last!!" I'd be thrilled if folks cheered me on... even if I was last!
Here are a few other observations and thoughts:
* 2.5 miles alone in a kayak is longer than 2.5 miles in a canoe with a friend. Especially on a lake and not going downstream in a river.
* 15 miles on a bike is definitely longer than 12 miles.
* Running after biking sucks! I could barely walk when I got off the bike, much less run!
* There are a bunch of triathlon participants at this race and at the one I did last month that remind me of eventers. So many people wished me well and cheered me on even though they didn't know me from the next person. Definitely reminds me of the "have a good ride" you hear so often at horse trials and 3-Days. Maybe it's the triathlon aspect.
* Having a triathlon next to a lake is a great idea. After I finished, I gathered my stuff and then went and took a dip in the lake. It was awesome! Good thing I took a change of clothes.
* Biggest mistake of the race? Not taking sunscreen! OOPS!!
Had a great time... thought I'm not entirely sure I was thinking that at various times during the race. Next one is September 29th.
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