My next crazy challenge.
All year I’ve been planning to run the Kiawah Island Marathon on Saturday, December 6th. In fact, I’m training to PR.
A couple months ago, Elizabeth signed up for a calligraphy class in Palm Beach, Florida during the weekend of November 30th, which just so happens to be my 39th birthday. After registering for the class and booking our rooms, Elizabeth called me and said “so, there’s a half and full marathon the same weekend and it pretty much starts and ends at our hotel. The races are December 1st. Do you want to sign up for the half?”
“Hell No,” I replied. “Sign me up for the full!”
Of course she replied, “you know you have the Kiawah Marathon six days later, right?”
“Have you even met me?” I asked.
Why run two marathons in six days? Because it friggin sucks. That’s why. Because it hurts like hell. Because it’s exhausting.
Because doing things that suck, hurt like hell and are exhausting make me a stronger person. Because doing the harder thing prepares me for most other challenges that come my way. It strengthens me mentally. It makes me a hard son of a bitch ready to tackle the world.
All the endurance insanity has it’s physical benefits but it’s far more mentally and emotionally beneficial. Doing shit that sucks teaches you how to set a goal and to tackle that goal no matter what bullshit gets in the way and no matter how painful it is. Sitting on the couch doesn’t teach you that. At some point when you get used to it even running one marathon doesn’t teach you that. I want the constant lessons. I want to always be learning.
Yes I want to get stronger and faster. But, I’ll never be the strongest and fastest. I won’t even be in the top 25% – but damn if I can’t sneak my way into the top 10% of mentally tough people. That’s my goal, y’all!
So, when Elizabeth asked me again last night, “are you sure you don’t want to just do the half,” my answer is still a resounding HELL NO! I’m doing the harder thing.