Thursday, June 25, 2009

Call Me Crazy

Last September we went to Bryce Canyon with Jeff's parents and Jeff's dad told us about a half marathon they do up there. He said we had just missed it and that it is pretty much all downhill. When I crossed the finish line of the St. George half marathon, I swore I would never do another one. It felt really good to accomplish a goal and work so hard for it, but I just didn't believe anyone's body was made to run 13 miles (much less 26 for a full marathon).

A few weeks ago, I was remembering what Jeff's dad had told us about the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. I guess running is kind of like child birth. Talk to a woman right after she pops a kid out, and she'll swear it's her last. Give her a year or two, and she starts thinking it wasn't really that bad. I started thinking, "I could run another half marathon. It really wasn't THAT bad." "It's all downhill. I could handle that." and then I told myself this: "I'll just check online, and if I didn't miss this year's race, I'll sign up."

Well, I haven't missed this year's race. It is on July 18th, and I'm signed up. Jeff's even said he'll run it with me if I sign him up. While training for my last half marathon, I would run hills every Wednesday, at least 5 miles 4 times a week with 7-10 miles on Saturday. I'm not doing that this time. I'm really not even training for it other than my normal running schedule. We'll see how I do. The race starts at 6:00 in the morning which means we'll be waking up at 3:30 to make it there on time. I'm actually really excited for it especially if Jeff ends up running it with me.

Wish us luck!


jlthomas said...

You're amazing! Good Luck!

Rebecca said...

You are crazy.

The Cox Crew said...

Awesome. Jeff used to be a track star, but that was then and this is now. GOOD LUCK!!!

jlthomas said...

I once wanted to run a marathon at some point in my life, but the longest I've ever done is a 10K. I don't think I'll ever do a marathon, but maybe using your inspiration I'll train for a half marathon someday.


Kim said...

You are not only crazy--you are insane and now I think Jeff is, too! Who in their right mind would do that to their body?

Cade & Leslie said...

thats awesome sar!! you run.