|Last year's Wild Women in front of our mountain. The mountain helped convince me to run. I can run in front of our mountain; it is known, it is comfortable, it makes anything possible.|
On August 10th (tentatively) the Wild Women will race. The Wild Woman Marathon is a 26.2 mile trail run at the base of Mt. Adams through the local National Forest. Exclusively run and organized by women, it is designed to push every day limits and release your inner Wild Woman. The secondary purpose is to unite the women of the community in personal strength and sisterhood. There is a communal family camp out before the marathon, and the after camp out is set up to watch the Persieds meteor shower. All the food is local, organic, and vegetarian mostly served by the farm folk families of those running.
Running isn't my thing. I never thought I would run a marathon. Maybe a half, maybe if zombies were chasing me, maybe if there was a BlendTec blender waiting at the end, but never voluntarily. I'll climb mountains. I'll walk across the nation. I'll swim across the Columbia River in a full wetsuit to protect from hypothermia. Not running. Running is my Kryptonite.
But then Jules decided he wanted to become an ultramarathoner. And then The Barracuda decided he wanted to participate in adult triathalons (the kid ones around here are rather cutesy and no where near enough for him). And then people started talking about the Wild Woman. And now it is November 23rd and I actually have to start training! I'm still mildly baffled at how I talked myself into this.
|The Barracuda and I do these agility drills twice a day during school days. They are total butt kickers, but who can't fit in 4 little minutes?|
Currently my goal is just to finish. I know I can finish. I can hike 26.2 miles in a day, so I know I can finish. Moving at 3 to 4 miles an hour it will take me 6 and a half to 8 and a third hours. It would be pretty neat if I could finish in 5 and a half to 6 hours. That still won't be a competing time (the average female marathon time is just under 5 hours), but I think it would pretty darn good. We'll see what happens in a couple months. I might just decide to attempt to compete.
I have just over 8 and a half months to try and get there, and a whole lot of family to run with. Here's the current running schedule: Each run is approximately 30 minutes in duration this month and there are 4 runs a week
2nd Run: 10 minute warm up walk; 1 minute run, 1 minute walk (x 7); 5 minute cool down walk
3rd Run: 10 minute warm up walk; 2 minute run, 1 minute walk (x 5); 5 minute cool down walk
4th Run: 5 minute warm up walk; 2 minute run, 1 minute walk (x 7); 4 minute cool down walk
2nd Run: 5 minute warm up walk; 5 minute run, 2 minute walk (x 3); 4 minute cool down walk
3rd Run: 4 minute warm up walk; 5 minute run, 1 minute walk (x 4); 2 minute cool down walk
4th Run: 5 minute warm up walk; 8 minute run, 2 minute walk (x 2); 3 minute cool down walk
2nd Run: 5 minute warm up walk; 12 minute run, 3 minute walk, 5 minute run; 5 minute cool down walk
3rd Run: 10 minute warm up walk; 15 minute run; 5 minute cool down walk
4th Run: 6 minute warm up walk; 18 minute run; 6 minute cool down walk
2nd Run: 5 minute warm up walk; 22 minute run; 3 minute cool down walk
3rd Run: 3 minute warm up walk; 25 minute run; 2 minute cool down walk
4th Run: 2 minute warm up walk; 30 minute run; 2 minute cool down walk
Everything we have achieved as a family began from seemingly impossible goals. Somewhere in me, I always knew they were possible. This is the first time I'm really having to leap without much faith. Running seems rather impossible for me. A 5k, sure, but not 26 miles. Not over an hour of sustained running at a time. Not running solid for 4 or 5 hours. But here is to self-stretching. Here is to the impossible. Here is to becoming a Wild Woman!