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What I never thought I’d say

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about goals.  Well, sort of, anyway.  Thanks to this post from Simply Stacia, I decided to start a little notebook of things I want to do, be, and have, and also to keep any inspirational things I run across in.  The funny thing is, when I tried to list 30 things I wanted to have, be, and do, it turns out that I really only have a decent grasp on things I want to do.  I’ve only come up with two things for “To Be” and one for “To Have,” but I do have several things (although nowhere near 30) for “To Do.”

Thing One is something I’ve been kicking about in my head for a couple of years, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually said it out loud.  So, here goes…deep breath….

I want to run a marathon.

Okay, so that doesn’t really seem like the sort of thing I should be afraid of saying, does it?  Well….it’s 26.2-freaking miles, people!  That’s farther than I commute to work and to school.  That’s hours of running, hours and hours of training.  And if you know me, you know I’m not actually a runner.  I’ve always wanted to be a runner, I’m just not a fan of the actual getting-in-shape part of running.  The last time I ran consistently, about 3 years ago, I was up to 3 miles at a time, and I felt good.  I’d like to get there again.  But getting there kind of sucked.  I started with 30 seconds of running at a time, and worked up, but I remember feeling like I was going to die if I ran another step.  There might have been gasping for breath and/or burning sensations in my legs.  Not fun.  But I did it once.  I know I can do it again.

I think multi-tasking is an art form, and I love to be busy, so that’s not a problem.  The thing is, I’m inherently lazy and I’m a horrible procrastinator, so I know the hardest part will be finding the motivation to start running.  “Tomorrow is another day,” is not only the last line from my favorite book (Gone with the Wind), it’s also generally how I feel about most things.  So.  Obviously, I need a plan.  And some willpower.  And possible someone scary to “motivate” me into running…Pennywise from It will probably do the trick….

But despite all my obstacles, I’ve finally said it.  I want to run a marathon.  And after watching everything for the past couple of weeks from the Boston Marathon, that only makes me more determined.  So.  Here goes.

To finding my motivation.  To getting into motion.  To reaching my goals.





7 thoughts on “What I never thought I’d say

  1. Yay!! on deciding to run a marathon!! I’ve done lots of 5k races, and thought about training for a 1/2 marathon…but never did due to a chronic hip condition.

    Thank you for mentioning me and I’m so glad I gave you a few ideas! My lists are slow to start, and my goal book is becoming a thing I visit everyday. I have started using it for journal posts/ideas, and have gotten tabs to label my pages so they are easy to get to/locate. May goals are set, and I’m hoping to start crossing some things off of my list.

    Keep plugging away and keep writing!

    1. Thank you! I really enjoy your blog, and that particular post resonated with me. I added tabs to my notebook, too, but I didn’t think about one for blog ideas. Guess that would eliminate my current system of piles of sticky notes. 🙂

  2. I’m happy to be that scary person who makes you run. Pennywise ain’t got nothing on me, although I won’t be jumping out of any drain pipes soon.
    I myself am not a runner, but I signed up to do a Tough Mudder in July so I am starting to train (i.e. run) and it’d be nice to have another non-running companion to join me. I just did a post about it on Friday….think about it.

    1. Um…wow. That video is hard-core. Like, it would TAKE Pennywise to get me to agree with that. To be honest, there’s no way I’d be in any kind of shape to do that by July. I’ve been too lazy, for too long…but it looks awesome! I think I’ll add that to my bucket list.

      1. I know the Mudder is a little scary. It’s all good though; I think it’s actually more mental than physical (although I’m training for both). We can be training buddies from afar. You push me to go for a run, and I’ll push you to get outside and go for a run every so often too.

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