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Did I really do that? Can I really do THAT?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dear Blogosphere,

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?
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    You can TOTALLY do that! Great goal setting! Thanks for some inspiration--I'm about to start training for the Breast cancer 2 day/40 mile in Chicago in June, and although I have been doing a lot of working out in January and am feeling good, I haven't done that kind of long-distance walking in a decade (did the one here in Seattle in '01). I get bored, and achy, and generally whiney and unhappy when I walk loong distance, so I am looking for strategies to help keep me motivated toward my training goals. Thanks again! emoticon
    2610 days ago
  • DORIS32
    oops.. I just asked you in another post what Half Marathon you were training for - now I know! Did you know there is one in Lake Placid in June (maybe a little closer if you are in upstate NY).
    and there is also one in the Adirondacks in Sept:


    My goal is the Adirondack one in September.
    2611 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2011 10:47:01 PM
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