Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?? -robert browning

i started Week 3 of Couch to 5K repeating Week 2, which is a bit disheartening but i’m listening to my body, and this is what feels right. today’s run had a purposeful feeling to it, i finally have a specific goal in mind. i mean, yes, the goal in general is to be able to do this Running Thing, to make this a Lifestyle but i need to have something to achieve. (thanks alot Tiger Mom!)

so during dinner saturday night with some girlfriends, one suggested that i try a half marathon this year. well yes, i had loosely thought of that but didn’t know which would be best. she suggested the VA Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon in September. that gives me seven months to properly train, but just as important, wrap my head and heart around this idea. i talked things thru with the bff, and BigK who is also doing Couch to 5K with me, is jumping in with both feet: she and i will do this together. VA Beach is right in the middle for us, me from MD and she from NC.

this is the motivation that i need. i thought about it all weekend. i am curious as to how i will go about this new challenge. i am so very scared that i will fail, but i’m more afraid of not trying. today’s email with BigK garnered an obnoxious amount of excitement, doubt and laughter. as i told her, a few things will come of this:

1. we are going to JAM at every mile with the band.
2. we are going to take shots with the lead singer of all the bands at every mile.
3. the lead singer of every band at every mile will have to hold our hair back as we throw up.
there’s no way around it, kelcy. it won’t be pretty.

her response:

this means we have to carry a camera while running. but i’m ok with this.
all i want to do is finish. even if it’s at 3 hours and 59 minutes. we’re getting a medal.

we are doing this for our health…
we are doing this because we are curious to see how this will end up, curiosity is a great motivator. fear is even better.
we are doing this for the laughs…
we are doing this for how our legs will look by sept.
we are doing this for the music.
we are doing this for the beer.

i gotta shoot for something, right?

today’s stats:
1.5 miles
160 calories


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