Monday, November 29, 2010
Have you noticed how motivating a surprise accomplishment can be?
I'm seriously considering... just a baby step away from committing to... running a half marathon. Not just any half marathon, but the Disney Princess in Orlando. I'm actually a lifelong big fan of Disney musicals and the WDW park-- 100% manufactured happiness? Oh yeah!
The first and last time I went to the Castle 9 years ago, my (now ex-) husband said we'd go back when I'd lost 50 lbs... and the idea that I need to EARN the next trip sticks with me. When I saw an ad for the princess half this weekend, with it's high fun/low stress atmosphere and all the great music playing, I figured I'd better step up my running! Heck, I haven't even truly run a solid 5k in a long time!
So yesterday I did some homework. Yeah, I know the race starts at 540 am in March. Ugh. But I kept reading. Then I dragged out the coolrunning.com C25K program, thinking I'd use it to step up my pace.
I somehow leapt from bed at 6am, with no snooze alarm, uncharacteristically energized. I sprinted/walked my 3 hilly miles with Hudson. After work I hit the treadmill to see what I could do about that c25k pace ... and found myself on week 4 at almost 6.3 mph!
That might not sound like much, but it's a pretty good launch for a gal who's still got 50 lbs to go, injured her hip last May, and has only been doing the walk/jog mix for 2 months.
Yeah, I really did that!
So I'm thinking that the Disney Princess half, over a year away, is entirely and completely possible. Yeah, I can do that.
What can you do? Are you ready to set a goal so tangible that the world can see it?