Friday, August 10, 2007

My Birthday Is...

...10 weeks away. I'm already thinking about it.

This year I will be 35. I'm no spring chicken.

A couple of weeks ago I began to search for some running races for the fall. I'm not interested in running in anything unless it's less than 70 degrees outside.

I was excited to see that there is a race on my birthday. There's only one problem: it's a 10-miler.

Here's the thing: I am not a runner, more of a jogger really. I have never run 10 miles all at once. Once I ran about eight. But that was years ago. When I was youthful. And stupid.

I usually average 4.5 miles/three days a week on my runs, but the last time I ran more than that was when EW (my sweet Carolina Running Partner) and I did a 10k almost two years ago.

So, I am contemplating the race. I envision the race starting at 7:30 and my crossing the finish line around 9ish and then having a big breakfast birthday party in a park somewhere near the finish line. BYOD: Bring Your Own Donuts. I'll provide the juice. Orange, that is.

Insecurity is what makes me waiver. So, I am trying to make a decision, but I've got to make it soon because i need to train a bit more specifically, and more importantly, if I register early it's cheaper.

That way, if halfway through they have to carry me in a stretcher to the finish line, I have saved 5 bucks.

I'll let you know when I have made my decision.

Happy Friday!

La Vida Dulce


June Cutoff Cash said...

Girl, I am the least athletic person ever and I ran a marathon (at age 35!). You have 10 weeks to train; you can do it. Did you ever read any Jeff Galloway?

No one says you have to WIN the race. You don't have to do it fast.

meh said...

Yah, I don't blame you for being cautious. When you get old you have to be careful with the body. Mid 30's can be a pretty tricky time on the knees. I am not so sure you could hack the training for the next 10 weeks. Might be too much for you psychologically to pass the old 8 mile marker and get all the way to 10, especially on your birthday.

Feeling any competitive juices flowing yet?!

dcrmom said...

35 is a biggie. Good luck with your decision!

Kellie said...


That's rough! ;)

Wanna come here and do it with me?

You could convince Big D that you have to come for support!

meh said...

Talk about someone needing a stretcher!!! I am WAY older, had 2 more kids then you, and the farthest I have run is just over 3 miles. Pathetic!! But thanks for the offer, smarty pants! If life wasn't "up in the air" I would come and cheer you on from the sidelines!!

Anonymous said...

Kellie Ill do it if you do it. Yes that is a challenge!

Your little brother,


Kellie said...

Now that's a challenge I can't resist!

Better start training!

Your older, but faster, sister,

spaghettipie said...

So is that it, then? Are you gonna do it? I'll cheer you on, but only from the sidelines...unless I can run 10 miles virtually...

Anonymous said...

Only way I would even think about running was if there was Chocolate cake at the finish line:)