Woodward, Okla. — By Sheila Gay
Okay the gloves are off! It's on!
I am going to take this challenge and kick it to the curb....or in this case to the finish line!
Recently, a group of us were having a discussion after bike class about the Little Rock, Arkansas marathon that will be held in March 2012. Comments were made about how large the medal would be and that it was worth it just for that alone, but you have to run a full! I have aspirations of running a full at some point but I haven't quite built up the nerve to actually do it yet. Even the excitement the others had did not entice me until....
"It's this simple, Sheila, either you will or you won't do it."
Them there are fightin' words in this neck of the woods! Unintentionally (or possibly intentionally knowing Marcia) I had been challenged to a dual! Not a dual between her and I, but one between me and my desire for accomplishing obstacles placed in my way along my weight loss journey! I don't know what it is that just pulls me in when someone pushes that button, but it is on!
I had already been toying with the idea of whether or not I was ready. In April as I was running the OKC half marathon about 11 miles in I thought, okay I'm ready for a full marathon, then about 1 mile later I was thinking NO WAY!!! Of course it was a cold, rainy, miserable day to run so that probably clouded my judgement some. Besides, I had finally gotten comfortable with running a half marathon and not feeling like I needed a stretcher or wheelchair in order to finish. But some challenges just have to be taken out back and whooped really good and this is one of those times.
This was my first week to "train" and I use this term loosely. It's really hard to work in a run when it is freezing outside (and I hate treadmills), I have on-line classes, youth classes, I teach an early morning bike class, and I'm a new grandma....all of this equals no time! I'm not off to a great start, but I will get there. I will be tracking my progress weekly in the Woodward News so please help keep me motivated and accountable! This is a 14 week program.
I will have moments of wanting to give up and throw in the towel, moments of I can't do this, and moments of complete confusion.
Please supply me with encouragement, as this will be the biggest challenge I have taken on since my journey began. I'd love to hear from you.
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