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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hello everyone!

Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time! Where have I been? Hmmm, I guess I was busy living my life. You know, traveling around and running races with some of the best sparks around! Oh how I love my spark family. They have enriched my life in profound ways. They have also influenced that tad bit of crazy in me. You know, that part that says, "you can do anything, go ahead and try!" Yeah, that crazy part which always seems to get me in trouble. Yup! Example: I was at a monthly spark outing where we went rock climbing and after we finished, we hit up the "healthy" menu at Chili's.

Ahhmmm, you remember this fhamway (Felicia) and Cellia6191 (Marcy)???

Conversation was flowing freely between all the parties and the topic of half marathons comes up. The next thing you know, I am signed up and training for my first half marathon. Seriously! I couldn't even run a 5k and now I am signed up for this?!? 13.1 miles?! I must have lost my mind. Tad bit of crazy. But it didn't stop there! Oh no, it didn't! It has continued to get me into about 10 half marathons, 1 full marathon (and another one in the making), 3 triathlons and 2 crazy relays.

Yeah, the craziness has just reached a whole other level. On November 1, 2011, I signed up to participate in a half Ironman!!!!!!!!!!! WHOA!?!??! I can't believe that a sane person would shell out $275 dollars to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and then after all that is said and done, voluntarily run a half marathon. Sheesh, this makes me tired just thinking about it! What have I done?

I will tell you what I have done! I have determined to see just how much I can push myself. I have decided that I can do anything I put my mind to, with proper training of course. That and A LOT of prayer! I will not sit on the sidelines of life and let it pass me by. I am going to jump in and have a great ride. I am doing things I never in a million years thought I would do. Am I nervous, you bet! Do I have doubts? Yes but only for a millisecond before I realize I felt the same way about my first half marathon, marathon, triathlon and relay. But I overcame those doubts and I will overcome these doubts, too. That 200 pound prior fat girl in me wants to be lazy and dismiss these goals as simple craziness but this athlete says "NO WAY!!!" So, on that note, yours truly will be training her butt off for the next 9 months to get ready for this battle. Well, I hope I am training other things, besides my butt, off, because I might need that extra padding for those 56 miles on my bike!

What goals are you sidestepping because you think you can't? Is this acceptable? Are you willing to take the bull by the horns and embark on a journey that will increase your self-confidence, self-esteem and make you feel on top of the world? LET'S DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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