What’s your biggest remaining challenge?

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Some miscellaneous notes…

Jason, who stopped by the other day to offer some encouragement (thanks!), has a great blog about his 130 pound loss. He also started running along the way, is a believer in slow running, and has even done some  ultramarathons (my current not-so-secret obsession). Jason and I started within a pound of each other if you count my blogging starting weight. I don’t think I’ve ever come right out and said what that was (308 pounds, 325 was my highest). Before now, Angie was the only one who knew. Now I won’t have to eliminate her because she knows my secret. (Kidding!)

I ran for 30 minutes today without stopping to walk at all — and I could have kept going, hills and all. My husband’s going to help me find a 5k trail this weekend and I’m going to put it to the test. It was my goal to be able to do it by the end of the year and I think I’m there! (And I just got a hint that I might be getting running shoes for Christmas ;-))

I’m reading another book by an ultrarunner (The Extra Mile by Pam Reed) and have very mixed feelings about it. More on that soon. Interestingly enough, I’m thinking I might end up doing an ultramarathon at some point. You might think that cheeky, given I’m just getting to 5k, but you never know… I’ll never be an elite athlete, but I like the challenge of the finish.

Wed, December 24 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Support

2 Responses

  1. Jason December 24 2008 @ 6:08 pm

    Hi onelastthing,
    I was not aware of your secret obsession for ultra-running. I will tell you, it is an amazing experience. If your starting out at the 5K, you’re ahead of me. I started in April 2007 with a 2 mile run. It grew from there and I did my first marathon in October of 2007. My first ultra was in Feb. 2008. It was a 50k. My watch and foot pod broke so I did not know how fast I was going. It was a pretty tough 30 miles because I went out to fast. My favorite one was the strolling jim 40 miler. To me, it seemed like my first “real” ultra. That wasn’t true, but it was inside my head.

    Running can be the most amazing road and it can take us to unbelievable heights. Anything is possible, and with ultras, pain will be involved for sure, but it is worth it

    You go for it.

  2. Alexia December 25 2008 @ 5:16 pm

    Well, not exactly starting at a 5k — at first I couldn’t run a block 😀

    The “strolling Jim” sounds like just my speed!