Friends of mine are, this very weekend, competing in a Tough Mudder race. I was offered the opportunity to join their team in this endeavor.
I have exactly zero interest in plunging myself into anything called an “Arctic Enema.” The thought of attempting to get over a “Berlin Wall” calls to mind entirely too well my childhood memory of hanging from a wave pool’s hand rail in some Miami-area water park as a 10-foot wave passed over and left me shrieking in its trough, 15 feet above the pool’s concrete floor. And running through a forest of electrified cords? Uh… NO. Thanks.
|This fun obstacle is called "Shock Therapy." Makes ya wanna sign right up, doesn't it?|
I wish my friends and their teammates the best of luck and wish I could be there in person to cheer them on, but I haven’t the slightest interest in joining them on the course.
Know what else I don’t want to do? Run a marathon.
A half-marathon? Sure.
19.3 miles of a the two-day Glass SlipperChallenge? Absolutely.
26.2 all at once? Nope.
|Would I, could I on a Wall? No sir, no sir, not at all.|
It’s not really a matter of distance. I feel quite sure that with the proper training, I can run a full marathon. I’m just not motivated enough to try. I don’t care to spend a huge amount of training time away from Leo. I’m not excited by running all over a city. The thought of preparing the vast amount of food I’d require to traverse 26, forget that last .2, miles makes me feel physically ill.
Nope, not that into it.
Wanna know what I fantasize about running?
The Hardrock 100.
100… as in 100 MILES.
Over mountains. Across rocks. Through streams. In rain, sleet and/or snow. As well as scorching heat. With a total elevation change of almost 68,000 feet.
Let me be clear: I live at sea level and get altitude sickness when we vacation at 5,000 feet. The highest “hill” I run is a 74-foot high bridge to the beach. I run on rocks sometimes – the gravel trails at a local nature park. I don’t ever contend with sleet or snow… though I’ve got the market cornered on running in the rain and scorching sun.
Do I really think I can run a 100-mile race? No. But I’m pretty sure I could run some, walk some, nap some and finish the distance. Eventually.
I probably never will, if I’m to be honest. But just watch this stunning recap of the 2013 Hardrock 100 and see if you don’t start thinking, “Maybe…”