Saturday, March 20, 2010

Oh dear...What have I done?!

I'm terrified. Seriously. SOOOOO scared! I just signed up (and by signed up I mean actually paid money) for my first. race. ever. Ahhhhhhhhh!!!

You see, I work with the most wonderful chorister ever in my primary. Doreen. Doreen is just simply an incredible woman. And on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend 2008 Doreen lost her husband, Keith, to SADS (sudden arrhythmia death syndrome) while he was preparing for an upcoming marathon relay.

I never knew Keith. We moved here the November after he died. But I know Doreen. And if she chose Keith above all others, well, then I have no doubt in my mind that he was simply incredible, as she.

And so I have signed up to run in the 2nd annual Keith L. Young Memorial Race. (I think I've gone crazy.)

The race is just a 5k. I say just for all you runners out there. But for ME this may as well be a marathon. The last time I actually ran a mile was....get this: NEVER.

You read that right. I never even jogged a straight mile. Ever in my life. Unless the elliptical machine counts. Which it doesn't. Even in junior high, I walked or barely jogged most of the fun run. Pathetic, I know.

So know I've gone completely mad and plan to run this race on May 22nd. Exactly 2 months from Monday.

I went out today and bought a double jogging stroller for the kiddos and first thing Monday morning the training begins. I'm so flipping terrified! Have I mentioned that?

But also ridiculously excited. I need to push myself physically. I have put off getting into real, good physical shape until I'm 26. Waiting even longer scares me more than this race does. How much time do I really want to waste? No more. So even though I don't yet have the faith in myself, I'm doing it. I will follow the training program and I will finish the race, whatever that takes.

Pray for me. Wish me luck. And please. pretty please, don't laugh at me!! :)


Scott+Kimber+Ruby=Scimby said...

You're the same as me when it comes to running...I do NOT run! I hate it, and just the thought of running a mile gives me anxiety! So mad props to you! You're doing something I will never have the balls to do! Haha

Erin and Family said...

you will do great mckenna! and after you've been training for a while, you'll probably even start liking to run:) good luck!

r said...

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! It's a great idea to have something specific to work towards.

I've been running since February (2 1/2 weeks of my training program left) and while I can't say I love running, I don't loathe it so much anymore and I find myself thinking [on the good running days] about maybe *gasp* training for a half-marathon...

Randi said...

McKenna, you are awesome. Go you! I have no doubt you will do great.

Anonymous said...

I, too, have never run a mile... walking is so much easier :)

BUT... Good Luck my friend! You are doing it for a wonderful cause and that will help you succeed :)

Did I mention you rock my socks :)

Jason & Kelli West said...

when you build up to it (like you are doing) it makes it soo much easier! Just have some great tunes to run to, it helps. I am so cheering for you. You can do it!!!

Sara said...

I didn't always like running - I only ran in high school because you had to run to play soccer. Since soccer hasn't been an option all the time as a mom, I run and hike now and absolutely love it. I do occasionally run with the kids in a jogger, but for me, the best running time is without them - either before they go up or after they go to bed.

Good Luck!

The Larson Family said...

That is great McKenna! Good luck.