11 Weeks Until Grandma’s Marathon

Last week I mentioned that I was making a doctors appointment. and I got my diagnosis. I later tweeted about attending a Couch to 5k workout and having no pain! It was a 2 mile run/walk and I was so excited to be feeling better. That was a Monday…and then life got in the way.

Tuesday I popped a tire on the way to St. Paul for a convention. Thursday I went in the ditch on my way home…in a snowstorm….in april…. It also snowed today, and I believe there is some freezing rain falling outside right now, (not that I’m going outside to check on it).

I’m also battling a cold/cough that I get everytime I get overworked. I’m sure resting is the best way to kick it, but I also feel like a slug and my attitude isn’t the best. Thankfully my college roommate and close friend Alex came to visit this weekend and we had a great time! We made a late Friday night decision to take a yoga class Saturday morning. The sculpt class I prefer was already full, we so took the 10 am class which was wonderful! It was my first time taking a regular class from this teacher (she specializes in sculpt) and it was mainly stretching and slow, but the room was still heated. It felt wonderful!

Saturday we went out to dinner and ended up at a bar that has a band, dancing was then required! Even so, when I got a text 12 hours later asking about going for a run I agreed. I warned my running buddy that I could probably do 4 miles, but would love to do 6. At mile 1.8 my knee started bothering me, so I knew it was time to turn around. I got the 4 miles in, but the last two miles were almost total walking.

I’m getting more and more worried about Grandma’s. I have Run for the Lakes Half Marathon in two weeks, and am 99% sure that isn’t going to happen. I’m still going to go. I want to try and walk the 13 if nothing else. Thankfully as a loyal blog reader I have an excellent example of walking a Half Marathon from Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point. And now I need to do research to see if anyone has been crazy enough to walk a marathon….

I’m disappointed. But I’m not giving up. I’ve got a long life ahead of me. A quote I was recently emailed goes as follows…

“The journey isn’t always perfect, but always worth taking.” -Kara Goucher

It quickly became my facebook status as I really resonate with the word “perfect”. I was on a date last week and realized I said “perfect” a few more times than most people do. I’m not expecting perfection out of anyone, although I do expect a lot out of myself. When I say the word “perfect”  what I mean is, “I wouldn’t change anything, I’m agreeing and at ease with what is going on.” However some people have really negative connotations with striving for perfection. But I think Kara’s quote is one that will stick with me for the next 11 weeks. I am not having the perfect training, and it may not be the perfect race, but it is a journey that is worth taking. And there is every chance in the world that I will still have a “perfect” weekend. With fun and friends and fitness!

(and I am so glad I was able to turn this post around and make it positive!)


Do you strive for “perfect”? Do you hear yourself repeating a certain word or phrase and then think about why you’re saying those certain words?


    1. Thank you! Today I’ve got some pain, so I’m rethinking the “walk 13.1 idea” I think defining “perfect” as your best is great! I’m sure perfect has changed a bit now that J is in your life also 🙂

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