Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thirteen Point One Miles

First Seth got this crazy idea. Then I started to like that crazy idea. Now I think we're going to actually act on the crazy idea. We're going to run a half-marathon. That's 13.1 miles. Or, more than three times farther than I've ever run.

There's a part of me that's really excited. Then there's another part of me that's scared and terrified beyond belief. We've got about 20 weeks to train, a training plan, and enough fear to motivate us. I figure if I run at a slightly slower than normal pace, I can do it in 02:10:00. Since this thing is mostly downhill and I'll be full of adrenaline, I think I might have a chance of doing it in 2 hours even. TWO HOURS. Two full hours of running. Somehow two hours sounds easier than 13.1 miles. I think I'm gonna throw up.

The good news is, we'll be running in a very scenic area. We're doing the Little Grand Canyon Half-Marathon which goes right through Buckhorn Wash, an area where we camped just last year. It's home to many pictographs and petroglyphs and towering canyon walls that seem to be alive. So long as I don't get eaten by a coyote, I may have a chance at this.

7 comments:

Budsly said...

That's ambitious! 3.2 miles doesn't seem so bad now, does it?

Rachel said...

Hooray! You two are awesome. My running goal for the summer is to do the 10K Spud Run in September. Maybe I'll go buckwild and do a halfy next summer. :)

collette said...

Holy cow--TWO HOURS of running?!?!
This is happening in September, no? In one of the worlds' most beautiful places: Buckhorn Wash. Maybe we'll come down and camp while you run.

It's Me said...

That is amazing Karen! Good luck with all your training!

Paul said...

I ... am ... super ... impressed!

Holly said...

HOW EXCITING! I'm so excited for you (and a little jealous - wishing I was ready to tackle the half)! Can't wait to hear all about it!

heidi said...

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!