Monday, January 7, 2008

Counting down...

I'm a procrastinator. Really. I am one of the best. Take for example our trip. I have a list of about 45 things I need to get done in the next three days. Cleaning the house is on there. Now, reorganizing the junk drawer is cleaning, but not quite as critical as, oh, say, the bathrooms and laundry, but hey, it's got to be done sometime anyhow!! Sebastian and I spent the better part of the day working on various projects. We did do some laundry, and go a bunch of bill stuff organized. And the dishwasher, but failed to put general stuff away and start packing. 

We leave in 3 days. We are flying to Orlando, via Toronto for the Disney Marathon weekend. I am doing Goofy's Race and a Half. Yes, the half marathon on Saturday, and the full marathon on Sunday. Not entirely sure what I have gotten myself into, but excited non the less. I want to do well and feel strong at the end of both. I want to make my husband proud. I want to make my parents proud. I'm also excited for the people in my group who are completing their first half or full marathon. It's been incredible watching them progress through longer and longer runs. All the training is behind us now, and it's race time. 

I ran 5 kilometres tonight. I really didn't want to. My husband gave me a nudge though and encouraged me, and here I am, post run, feeling great. I have a new favourite song to run to. "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe. I first heard it on a youtube link that had a dad who runs ironmans with his wheelchair bound son. I saw them on Oprah last year sometime, and was so inspired by them. The dad is incredible to run these races with his son. I can't complain when I'm running by myself. It's a great youtube clip. I'll try attaching the link. Not sure if it will work though. 

I hope to help out with the next season of Team In Training as well.  It's been a fantastic ride this fall and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The people I have met inspire me. Incredible mentors and incredible participants. It's truly a fantastic group!!

But, I will stop here. I still don't know exactly what this blog is for. I want to effect change in myself and hope that someone out there will help inspire me maybe? Who knows, but hopefully I get there!! 

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Less than a week!!

It's Sunday and I am starting my blog. I'm not entirely sure what I want it to be. I want to make sure I have some goals and I want to try and follow them. In 6 days I am running a half marathon, and in 7 days I'm running a marathon. It's the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge at DisneyWorld. It should be fun, but it's definitely something I've never quite done before, at least not with such a short change in between. I'm doing it for my mom. In her honour, and in honour of others who are fighting illness and disease. I've been training with Team In Training, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's a great group and I have met some incredible people. I've been a mentor to two people. One is running her first ever half marathon and the other is running her first ever marathon. It has been amazing to see the transformations. 

After I finish these races, I think I will try and lose some weight. I want to run faster, and if I stopped carrying around an extra 40 pounds, that just might help!! I also want to start getting into the world of triathlon. But that might be for next summer. My plate is getting a little full for this year. I'm hoping to do the Police Half, another race with Team in Training, the Banff Jasper relay and maybe something else. Maybe I should do a beginner triathlon, just to get my feet wet.

Life on the homefront keeps me busy too. Sebastian is as active as ever. He's also preparing for his first race. 100 yards. If he completes it, he'll get his very own medal. Nothing like starting young!! 

In the meantime, I need to cut back on my computer dependence. Scale back a little anyhow. Set aside one or two times a day to do emails, facebook and blogging. That's it. Just once or twice. Should be enough really. But can I do it!!