Jena here. Let me tell you a story about the athlete that never was…
When I was in 5th grade, my elementary school had track meet against a couple area schools. Since we had no actual track team, us young ones had to try out. Me, hearing about winning medals, tried my darnedest to make the team. I went to every practice and pumped my chubby little legs and fell over countless hurdles. My enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed– I was hired on as the mini ‘assistant coach.’
That was the beginning/end of my school athletic career. I decided selling (and eating) girl scout cookies was a better use of my time.
That’s a long winded rambling (had to earn my twitter handle somewhere) to say for the majority of my life no one would ever accuse me of being athletic. Smart- yes. Funny- depending on your humor. Nerdy- oh yes. Athletic… ehhhh more like excellent paper pusher.
Until I graduated college. Then my oh so wonderful/athletic/high school cheerleader/marathon runner sister Cecelia convinced me to try to go running with her. First it was only a half mile, but some how she convinced me to keep on going for a mile. I felt elated, that I have done the impossible, and I probably didn’t want to do that again. And then she got me.
“Wouldn’t be great if we ran a half marathon together someday?” she said.
Yes, I replied. In my head I was thinking it would be as since as when I won a million dollars or finally managed to get a Backstreet Boy to marry me. She was thinking that next September, less than 16 weeks away.
Did I mention I rarely worked out before that moment?
She signed me up for the Philadelphia Half-marathon before I knew any better. Since I was a poor-soon-to-be-law-student, she made a deal. I run the race, she pay my fee. I don’t do it, I pay her back.
I ran the race. And 6 other half-marathons, 1 Runner’s World Hat Trick, a 10 miler, a 15 k, 2 10ks, and countless 5ks. Even a marathon last November. Let’s just say if she told me the majority of long distance races would give you a medal at the end, I would have done this AGES ago.
So what’s on this year’s running agenda? Since I am getting married and I have found out running a million miles in a year DOESN’T mean you will lose weight if you don’t eat right, I am sticking to 2 races right now. And both are with Cecelia.
How could the Scranton natives NOT run this inaugural Scranton half marathon? This race is far enough in advance for me to get back to racing shape after a much needed post marathon break. The good part is I already ran the majority of the route when I was training for my full last fall. The bad part is ALL THE HILLS!
Then Cecelia and I will be doing the runDisney Mount Everest Challenge in May. How could I help it if this race just HAPPENED to correspond with when my Disney Fairy tale Wedding planning session was… coincidence right? Since there are some obstacles, I am going to be focusing on strength training to get me through this event. Cecelia as a former Tough Mudder should be a strong asset. I will be the brains in the scavenger hunt portion.These are the goals and I shall keep you all updated on our training.
And if I can convince Josh to let me do a spooky runDisney event the week before my wedding…. it is another coincidence that we will already be there…