Barefootin' Mama in the Middle of Nowhere

Run Forest Run

I’m not a quitter… to say that would be wrong… I don’t generally abandon things once I begin them… I even finish all books that I start… even the really, really, really terrible ones that I can’t believe I am even bothering to read the entire time I am reading them.  I might take like a four-year leave from something… but I will definitely get around to finishing it at some point…. (in fact I think I have a Diana Gabaldon book on my bookshelf that is in just that situation right now).  You see, the major flaw that I have is that I don’t typically start things that I know I won’t be good at.  I don’t have to think I will be a pro… but I do have to be sure that I won’t be the worst at it… or hate it so much that I want to quit… because then I would be stuck at a crossroads of hating the thing that I am doing as well as hating the idea of being a quitter… which would be worse??? I don’t know! ANYWAY……. there is a point to this…

I hate exercise… no, I don’t… I suck at it… I am not a fit person… I am not a skinny person… coordination does not grace this being.. I am AWFUL at sports… I am so awful that it is comical… and people let me be on their teams because I can laugh at my awfulness (that and all the team sports I have ever joined have either been rec… or things like curling, slo-pitch… “sports” where when the people start getting too serious the slogan is ‘help, my drinking team has a slo-pitch problem’… and I am good at drinking (or at least I use to be..).. so I am okay joining these types of teams).  I am especially bad at running…. my thighs rub together and I end up tripping over my own friction… either that or i have to stop and pull my shorts down because they are starting to ride up into the Netherlands and I am scared they won’t come back down if I don’t prevent that from happening… OR I have to stop and temporarily DIE because my lungs were made for things like walking and reading and photographing things… NOT running… if I run thirty yards I think my heart is going to stop and I am going to pass out.  So it is only natural that when I confessed to my husband that I want to run a marathon… he laughed at me.  (and I can hear the chuckles of those of you who actually know me in real life too… all the way from Halifax…) BUT I do…. I really, really, really do.  I think it will be the ultimate test of my determination and try.  THere will be days…. probably all of them actually… where I will say to myself “I HATE YOU” and “THIS SUCKS” and I will literally have to drag myself out of bed to make this happen…. but to push through those moments… to keep on going when my WHOLE body… mentally, physically, and emotionally is screaming STOP STOP STOP…. will be the ultimate reward….  So I am making it official (to all of you who bother to read this anyway)… In between baking cookies (p.s. i have a GREAT recipe for you), cooking supper, cleaning my house, doing laundry, and reading COUNTLESS stories to my children… I am going to train for a marathon…. And I will tell you about it… whether you want to read it or not is your choice…

So today was officially day one of my ‘marathon journey’… and I started it by stepping on the scale (and the wii fit)… and learning that I weigh 165lbs and that I am really bad at hula hooping! Stay tuned for more things that I learn about myself along the way.

P.S. We branded on Monday (more later) and it was a BEAUTIFUL day…. it felt so fulfilling at the end of the day as I watched our cattle saunter off and reunite with their loved ones… I even took a picture to capture the beauty of the moment.

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5 responses

  1. Jen

    You can do it! I am an out-of-shape flabby girl with the co-ordination of a pregnant hippo. (My scale wavers between 159 and 163 on my 5’6 body) I am running my first 5K in two weeks. I joined a running club and my friend/coach has me on a plan where you walk and run for specific intervals. As the weeks go on you run more and walk less. I can now run for 14 minutes without stopping, walk for ONE minute and then do it again. I never thought I could do this. I am planning a 10 K for next year. Did I mention I have exercise-induced asthma to boot?
    If I can do this I know you can. I will be right there with you!
    (oh, and look into some stuff called Body Glide. You put it on your chafing bits to decrease the friction. Or wear Spandex shorts under your shorts. These are things I have learned the ouchy way.) I actually wrote about running at my fitness blog yesterday. http://knitwitcooks.blogspot.com

    May 23, 2010 at 6:07 AM

    • Katie Mae

      Thanks! I did read your blog earlier today actually… I figure we are kindred spirits!! I am going to do this! And I welcome your support!!

      May 23, 2010 at 10:18 PM

  2. Jessie

    I love the picture! And I’m very impressed (all the way from Halifax), that you are training for a marathon! That’s fantastic, and I think you are a stronger woman than I. I am getting fitter though! My bus pass expired on April 30, so I’ve been making the half hour trek downtown at least once a day lately. No marathon, but it’s the closest I’ll ever get!

    May 23, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    • Katie Mae

      well that’s more exercise than I get probably (unless you count running after Levynn)… please be advised.. use ‘training’ for a marathon loosely…. As you will soon see… ‘training’ is not exactly happening yet!

      May 23, 2010 at 9:16 PM

  3. Jen

    If you want, I can share my training plan with you. It won’t get you ready for a marathon, but it will get you fit enough to run for 30 minutes without stopping, which is enough to let you run a 5K. I am doing baby steps! This year a 5K, next year a 10….maybe a marathon done as a relay with some of my running club buddies after that. (did you know you can do that??)
    Drop me an email if you want and I will pass my training regime on to you. my email is on my blog.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:45 AM

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