Impromptu Marathon

17 May

I met my friend JL about 7 years ago at a Christian ministry conference. We shared some floor space and talked late into the night. Some people you just find an instant affinity with. He is a yoyo-ist, I am a juggler. That’s all we needed.

But then life took us to different states. We both got busy. Busy and biz-zay apparently because we both have more kids than when we parted. Sorry for the TMI. One thing that also changed in our absence is that we both became runners.

Born to Run

Ultra runners. It trips our trigger to go long. Sometimes when I’m on a great run I wonder what it would be like to just keep going. No out-and-back, just out. Some day I’ll find out, I feel like one day when I die I’ll start my grandest adventure and God will finally release me to just go. If you want to talk to me in heaven you’d better pack your asics.

So when JL announced two-and-a-half weeks before the Cellcom marathon that he just registered and asked if anyone in Wisconsin wanted to join him I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Likewise, he wasn’t surprised when I nearly instantly chimed, “I’m in!”

Shifting Gears

Nevermind that I was focusing all my grit on burning down a local 5 mile race and hadn’t run over 10 miles in a 2 months. Ultra runners are a little fool-hardy, stubborn, and attracted to the absurd.

I AM in the best shape of my adult life though. I did run 15 miles the other day just to check how I’d fare. Mind you, this was after I submitted my registration. I guess “Can I do this?” was an after-thought.

Letting Go

So this is race week. T-3 days till launch. I go a little crazy in this time. I don’t like the logistics. I worry about traffic. I worry about alarm clocks (so I set 2 of them). In short I realize how much of a control-freak I am am. I’m also reminded how little in life I actually control. It’s very, very good for me to remember this. When I do I find myself free to drink it all in. I’m here for a short time and all I have is the choices in front of me. God willing, on monday I’ll be limping around, whining and bragging to everyone at work that will listen.

3 Responses to “Impromptu Marathon”

  1. Jamie May 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    I know you’ll do great, honey. :) Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  2. Renee Konkler May 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    I think you are awesome! I am growing a new love for running, but am finding it hard to keep going. Knowing that you are doing a marathon is inspriring! Keep up the good work!

  3. Dan June 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Oh, my, goodness. I just became a blogger! Totally stoked. Or maybe I’m not a blogger yet? Just a blogger groupie? Either way, this is my first post ever. SUH-WEET!

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