This morning I finally got to check all the blogs I read since being gone this weekend to the Junior League Board Retreat (which was so much fun!). I noticed that Rachael had posted a comment on my "TKO" post, something about a post on her blog about running a half-marathon and would I be interested in running it too. So I mosey on over to her blog and read all about it and realize that she is serious. My first thought is "Hubs will definitly say no." And then I start thinking to myself (and even told Rachael) that I can't run a half-marathon I've only been running since January, there is no way that I'm going to be able to train for it by then. But, I decided to run it by Hubs anyway since I was sure he would say no way.
So here is the conversation that followed:
Me: Hey, you know my blogger friend Rachael that runs and has the cute little girl from Russia that I told you about?
Me: Yes you do. They live in Michigan and she's a doctor and remember that I told you about the little girl thinking that the word "indicate" means to have something in your dessert?
Hubs: Oh, yeah, that was funny.
Me: Well, she is running the Chicago half-marathon in September and she asked me if you and I would like to make a little trip to Chicago for the weekend and me run it with her and her sister.
Hubs: I'd be willing to do that.
Me: (nearly falling down from shock) Really?
Hubs: Yeah. I've only been to Chicago once and that was for your grandfathers funeral and you keep telling me how great it is and I think I would like to go back as a tourist. It would be fun. We could fly up there, cause I'm not driving it again (we did that 2 years ago, not fun), and have a long weekend, you run the race and we could go sight-seeing.
So, here's the problem. I was sort of counting on Hubs to say that we couldn't do it then I would have the perfect excuse to tell Rachael. Then, I thought that I could tell her that I couldn't get trained for it in time, but then she just had to go and post this on her blog.
Well, great! Now I have no excuse, and you all know how I feel about excuses. The truth is that running for 2 hours, 13.1 miles straight scares me to death. Sure, I've been running 6.5 miles (about 1 hour) for about a month now and at this point its really no big deal. But 13.1? Lets keep in mind here that I have only been running since January.
But, I don't want to be a person who makes excuses so, (oh, goodness, I can't believe I am going to say this) if my parents can watch our kids for the weekend, I'M GONNA DO IT! I know, I know, crazy! But I've been thinking about this all day and I like the idea of it. Oh and getting to meet Rachael (we have a ton in common) and her sister will be lots of fun and I LOVE visiting Chicago. I haven't really been there for any length of time in 13 years.
Also, I know that I will never train myself to run that far if I don't have a goal in mind. Signing yourself up for a race truly gets you motivated to acheive your goals. (There's a little hint for you C25K girls! Get signed up for a race!) I don't think I would have started running 6.5 miles if I hadn't signed up for that 10K. Then I think about Alex. She just got accepted to run the New York Marathon! How great is that!
The training program starts tomorrow. I am pumped!