Wednesday, May 2, 2007

25 days and counting...

For those of you who do not know, I have been coerced into training for a 1/2 marathon by some overachieving church girls looking to lose the baby bulge. Trust me, this was really against my will AND better judgment. At any rate, we have been training for what seems like an eternity (even though I needed an eternity), and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Only 25 more days which really equates to 2 big Saturday runs (9 & 11 miles), and a few small ones in between (mind you, small now means 5-7 miles...OY). It is hard to believe that the day is fast-approaching. When I think that at the beginning we could only make it a few paces around our 1 mile lake loop, I really start to feel proud. Yes, i said it, proud. Thinking of crossing that finish line really brings a tear to my eye. Granted, i am no 3 time cancer survivor, or a war veteran racing with one leg, or even a single mother of 4 who had to train with a triple stroller, in the snow, after a 60 hour work week, but by golly...I am an inherently "take the easy way out" kind of unmotivated gal who has swapped bon bons and Opera for an invigorating morning run to reach my goal...AND I WILL FINISH! I just want to give a shout out to my ladies, Amy and Kelly, and to my supportive hubby who babysits two babies every Saturday morning and tells me I look skinny even though I have not lost a single solitary pound. Couldn't have done it without you guys! So I leave you with a few tidbits of wisdom I think you should know about running:

1. When your toenails turn black, you might as well kiss them goodbye.

2. Don't eat 7 chocolate chip cookies before a big run unless you want to experience the "runner's trots".

3. Pick a running partner who won't pass judgment when you have to pass gas (cause don't think it doesn't happen)!

4. Reconsider running if you have to take a baby stroller up hills.

5. Don't wear short shorts when your inner thigh looks like mine. one word - Chafing.

6. Make your friend Amy carry your water bottle.

7. Don't expect that running a million miles = losing a million pounds (or one for that matter)

8. And please, please, please, don't think that it ever gets EASY! Because that must be a bunch of malarky!


Sebs Mom said...

Alright already...enough with the guilt trip! You know you're glad that I 'made' you train for this with me, and I think, (if you'll remember,) that you were the convincing one who said something to the effect of..."I think we should run with a goal in mind". Am I mistaken? Well, our goal is our mondo race that is coming up. Get ready! By the way, I loved my shout out, although I often do only feel like your water mule. And to think...I carry your water and I have to deal with the kitty litter smell each week. OY is right! I do have to steal an itty bit of thunder on the thanking band wagon and give a shout out to your great husband who watches both our babies so that we can achieve the goal that we BOTH got ourselves into. Love ya!

Katie Hadfield said...

Ok Ali loved that post you are too funny. I am so glad you are running a half marathon, that is great! Next time and there will be a next time right? I would love to join you. Good Luck

ali degraff said...

Let's do it Katie...if we can coordinate our pregnancies!

chantel said...

I'm so jealous. You think YOU have no motivation... wait until you get to know ME better! I really admire that you're doing this! Good luck and I know you'll do it!!

ali degraff said...

Chantel - We should have a "lazy off". I am sure I would kick your butt!