I didn't properly do my measurements this morning for Syl's Challenge, but will get to that this weekend and post next week. I do know from the brief check I did that I need to step up my game if I want to see better results.
DREAMING IS FREE, RIGHT?
Last night we had a long time acquaintance over that I went to high school with. She was always someone who, despite being THE highest energy person I've EVER known, always struggled with her weight, and still does. After we graduated I was surprised to hear that she had taken up running ... marathon running and then triathalons. I don't recall her ever being active in high school.
As I've now become a runner, she was sharing some of the races she's done over the years (most multiple times). Which are not limited to ...
Disney (multiple times, multiple distances)
qualified for and ran Boston
plus one (which sounds SUPER cool, but probably wouldn't interest me as a race) in France where EVERY ONE in the race runs it in costume and there are multiple stops along the way at various wineries for wine tastings, etc. I believe this is the one she was talking about - Marathon du Medoc.
To say I wasn't just the slightest (OK, fine ... OVER-THE-TOP) jealous of all her destination races would be an understatement. You name a race within 100 miles of home and she's done them all too, if not multiple, multiple times. Of course I have to look at it realistically and note that she does not have children, she is very financially stable and she has a ton of freedom to do these things. She's also roped her husband into it and he does most of these races with her. Like I said, she's high energy. Apparently she told him early on in their relationship "keep up, or move on". Gotta love it!
She is signed up to do the Goofy Challenge at Disney in January (10K, half marathon & full marathon all in the same weekend). She has not begun training for it yet and, by her own admission, is horribly out of shape. I can't even imagine. But she certainly has the mental side of running down. She says mentally she can finish it no problem, not well, but she can finish it. Of course my husband jumped right in and said I should do this too ... I could go on airmiles. But, training aside (because I would NEVER take this on unprepared), it's over $300 for registration alone, not to mention hotels, food, etc. If I ever do something like this I do NOT want to have to do it on a budget. I want to relax and enjoy every moment. Plus, a race like that would HAVE to be followed up with some serious massage/spa time.
I absolutely DREAM of doing destination races like this. Though I'm certain if I ever do, it will be a once, or maybe twice, in a lifetime event. I remember a blog somewhere were someone did their first ever marathon in Greece. What I wouldn't give to do that!
Have you ever done a destination race? Or do you dream of one?
If you're a dreamer like me, do you honestly think it will be a reality one day?
Anyhow, have a great weekend and ....