I had a nice long talk with a couple from my church today. It was great because we had a couple of conversations with them several months ago, decided that they seemed like great people that we wanted to get to know, but haven’t had much of a chance to converse with them since.
They then let me know that they had seen a few of my posts on this site. I was happy to hear that, since the point of this site is to allow people to keep me accountable with my goals! However, I had no idea that the wife (yes, I’m intentionally leaving out their names) is crazy!!!
She loves to run! I’m not talking about jogging around the block, or a brisk walk/jog/sprint interval program, either. She was talking about 1/2 marathons and full marathons! I told her how I feel about running – human bodies were not made for running. That’s why so many runners and athletes have problems with their knees. I had a Health professor tell me that a while ago, and that’s all the proof I need!
Even if that wasn’t true, I’m much too fat to run! If she were just a normal reader that never met me, I could just assume that she hasn’t had a chance to read my about page and see how fat I really am. However, since we see each other almost once a week, that’s not the case.
Once she started talking about running, I could see how passionate she is about it. I have never met anyone who had her perspective on running and all its benefits. She talked about things that went way beyond getting in shape or clearing your head. I am going to beg her to do a guest post, or series of posts on the benefits of running. She even talked about something called an “ultra” – which is longer than a marathon! She actually competed in the Badwater Ultramarathon in Dealth Valley. It’s a 135 mile race that goes from below sea level to over 2,000 miles above it!
I know of many people that wouldn’t be able to drive 135 miles! Now someone who has done it – and wants to do it again – wants me to start running with her in a few months!
Correction: She didn’t actually run the Badwater Ultramarathon…yet! The one she ran was only 50 miles.
I kept giving my standard ‘no’ when she asked, but she’s so passionate and persistent, I don’t think I can keep saying no to her! Actually, I would be willing to do anything that would make me healthier and help me to reach my goals. As long as it isn’t foolish and extreme, and doesn’t take away from my time with God or my wife, I’m in. But running is different! I’m a really fat guy, and my body isn’t built for running. Even when I played sports in high school, I hated running.
The other problem with her type of running is that it’s all long distance! If I was called upon to run for a few minutes, I would think about considering it. But she told me today that she believes that anyone can run 10 miles, and most of the problem is mental.
To tell you the truth…I’m scared!
photo by Sura Nualpradid
What Do You Think?
So, should I stick to my plan of doing cardio and weight training, or should I run with a woman who [happily] runs a 50 mile race and wants to run 135 miles?
I’m going to write that one more time, so you know that it wasn’t a typo – she wants to run a 135 mile race in Death Valley, in the middle of July!!!
I am expecting you all to write the only sane answer to this question…’no’!
While I have you here, I might as well let you know that I’ve been nominated for a couple of Plutus awards for my writing about personal finance. You can click on the link for details on how to vote for me!
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