May 21, 2012

My bucket

At the running store last month, I eavesdropped as another customer told the salesman that she was training for a half-marathon, the Run to Remember.

“That’s a pretty good one,” he replied.  “Very flat.”

I sighed.  Well, I didn’t actually sigh, but I sighed inside.  I’ve always wanted to run a half-marathon, but the one time I tried, the training hurt my knees too much.  Now, just two months into running after a four-month recuperation from a sprained ankle, there was no way I could even think about it.

Visiting my in-laws that weekend, it was still on my mind.  “It’s the only thing on my bucket list,” I mentioned one night.  And it’s true.  While I want to publish a book, that’s a career goal.  While I want to travel and climb rocks and learn and read, there isn’t anything or anyplace specific in my bucket.

Just a half-marathon.

A week and a half ago, I ran seven miles.  Shit, I thought, if I can run seven miles today, I can do thirteen in two-and-a-half weeks.

The twisted logic of a runner.

So, I registered.  Since I haven’t been slowly building up, I haven’t strained my knees in training.  I did another seven-mile run, plus some five-mile maintenance runs.  I asked one of the dads at school where he goes to do ten miles, since he lives down the street from us.

On Mothers’ Day, I set out to do his ten-mile course, delighted to find that I passed a Starbucks at 2.5 miles, a fire station at 5 miles, and a Panera at 7.5 miles.  Having borne three children, I judge the merits of a run on the number of available bathrooms.  Not so awesome was that the run included 2 of the 3 dreaded Newton Hills, sans only Heartbreak Hill.  I probably should have known better than to ask a marathoner where he runs, because he didn’t even mention those hills.

I did ten miles again yesterday, and although I was convinced I was going to die from mile 7.5 to mile 9, for the last mile I was thinking I could go another three if I had to.

Like I said, the twisted logic of a runner.

This coming Sunday, I’m running a half-marathon. They’ve promised plenty of port-a-potties. With any luck, my husband, his mother, and my kids will be waiting, a long two-and-a-half hours later, when I cross the finish line.

As of Monday morning, I’m going to need some ideas of what to put on my bucket list.  What’s on yours?

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  • Reply Melanie May 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    wow congrats, that is such an accomplishment!

  • Reply fiwa May 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That is great! You can do this – and I can’t wait to hear about it.

    My bucket list – at the moment one item is indoor sky diving. Hope to knock that one out by the end of the year.

  • Reply De a May 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Congratulations! I’m excited for you. I was training for a half marathon in *cough* 2000. Pretty much haven’t run since : (

    As for what’s on my bucket list, i don’t know.

  • Reply magpie May 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    a 5K. shut up.

    good luck next week!

  • Reply Heather May 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    RtR is a fine half. They do a good job. If you are planning 13 minute miles be sure to keep that on target for the first 2 miles because I’ve heard they are strict about enforcing the time cut off to keep walkers from doing the half rather than the 5k (10k?? the shorter option)
    Running is often compared to getting drunk. Only in getting drunk you have fun first and feel miserable later. Running is the reverse. Have a blast!

    My athletic bucket list grows longer every year! Last summer I crossed off the alcatraz tri, and next month I’ll cross off a marathon swim. But each time something gets crossed off another two get added! Running a half may force you to add the western states 100, who knows?!

  • Reply Catherine May 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I’ve never had a bucket list. Like you said, there are plenty of places I want to go and things I want to do but not specifically. I’d like to see my kids be intelligent, compassionate adults able to function properly in society, but that doesn’t seem very bucket-y.

  • Reply inthefastlane May 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The one thing that I am waiting to be an empty nester to accomplish, is to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail, Mexico to Canada. It has been on my list since my late teens. Gonna happen one day. I just need a free 5 months or so….

  • Reply Lilian Nattel May 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful. Way to go!

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