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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Push Yourself

I don't know why I keep signing up for things that push me out of my comfort zone. I think it's because I am not going to school right now and I don't feel like I am growing and stretching quite like I used to. The first event was Grassroots; it was such a success that I decided to sign myself up for further torture: The Wasatch Back.

It is a 188 mile Ragnar Relay that is run with a team of 12 from Logan to Park City, UT. Previously I just mocked the runners that were crazy enough to willingly sign up for such agony

Now I'm one of them.

I am the proud runner of leg #4- possibly the easiest leg in the relay (Thank you Darcy Haas!!!), but it is still a challenge for a person that hasn't physically exerted herself since 9th grade track and field.

I began training one week ago today. I ran for 15 minutes at about 5PM, and I came home and collapsed for 45 minutes following my run. I was pretty sure I was going to die and that my brain was going to explode. Theater has made me soft. Turns out I was wrong because obviously I'm still alive to type this post. I have now completed a total of three 15 minute runs and I am surprised at how much easier it is to run those 15 minutes already. I know I can do it, and I am stoked to run with such a great group of women in this relay.

I bought these shoes today that I am hoping will carry me through my journey. It was funny when I was shopping for them. Normally I choose tennis shoes based on style rather than function. Today I gingerly tried on several pairs as if I were trying on friends. I was careful. I spent time with each pair; running up and down the aisle, chasing Will, even jumping up and down a bit. These made me feel stable. Secure. Plus, they were wide width :).

So here's to running... and hopefully not passing out or peeing my pants along the way.

11 comments:

Snick said...

Woohoo! You are going to ROCK the Wasatch back! I've always wanted to do it, but I always find out about it after it passes. Thanks for posting this. And seriously, you're an animal.

marciea casselman said...

Hmm. Brock has done that race a couple of times. It's cool, goes all night and taxes people in all kinds of ways.
Love the shoes..those are AWESOME. I love new running shoes. It must be time for a new pair for me.

Erin said...

I have no doubt that you can do it. You have been able to do everything you've put your mind to. You constantly amaze me!

Again, whenever you want to go for a run, just let me know!

Amanda said...

HA HA HA! That is RAD that you are doing that Relay! I would LOVE to be that motivated, but here I am sitting on the couch watching the Biggest Loser. What a life.

Brody and Ashley said...

Oh you are awesome! I want to be doing that race this year, but I don't know why I turned down my sisters invitation. Good luck training!

Ben and Heidi said...

As I've said before, I'll be the cheerleader! Good luck!

Wendy said...

You'll do great! Wasatch Back is a blast!

Rachelle said...

Have fun! I know a ton of people that have been doing this race for years, and every year that all say it is SOOOO worth it - just the atmosphere alone! I wish I could do it...maybe next year.

Natasha said...

That is awesome! :) One of these days I'll do it myself. I have a couple of friends who take care of the medical end of that race...and they keep telling me I need to. BUT! Never fear! Should something happen (which it won't!) you will be in very good hands. :) Let me know how it goes! You ROCK!

Ryan & Michelle said...

I'm already in awe of you, but now you are running and that just puts you on the "Sainthood" level in my mind. Good luck! I'm rooting for you on the side lines!

Kim said...

Way to go! It is a fun race, that is a challenge! You will do awesome! Hope to see you there! You and Joy are running the same leg!