Am I running away from turning 50? Or, am I running toward 50 with my arms open wide? It’s a little to early to tell, but today, I registered for the San Antonio Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon . I only signed up for the 1/2 because I figure if I really like running ridiculously long distances, I can always switch to the full marathon, but I don’t have to commit to that just yet.
I’ll turn 50 on April 20th, 2011. I am not worried about turning 50, it actually feels kind of cool. I don’t want a big party, I might want a little dinner party, or maybe a trip out-of-town, but mostly, I want to be strong and healthy as I pass that milestone.
I have been mulling over the “marathon thing” for a while now. A few years back, a therapist friend of mine was training for a 1/2 marathon for her 50th birthday. Frankly, I thought she was nuts. However, today she seems like a sensible woman and I’ll take some inspiration from her accomplishments!
Did you know that when you register for a 1/2 marathon, they want to know exactly how long it will take you to run the course? That was incredibly funny to me. I don’t even know if I can finish, let alone know how long it will take.
I said, “I’ll finish in 3.00 hours” actually, that should say, I guessed “3.00 hours” I’ve only done 4 miles and that was exhausting and so far, a one-off event.
On what promises to be a chilly Sunday morning in November 2011, I’ll join 30,000 other maniacs in downtown San Antonio. I’ll keep you posted on the training, the psychological journey, and I’m sure a tiny bit of whining along the way.
For now, time for some Central Market Hatch Green Chile Chips. After all, it’s never too early to do some carb loading.