I have decided I am going to have to change my website name to Whimsy, Writing and WALKING. I’m a walker. I embrace this fact. I accept my limitations. Give me a sticker name tag that reads: HELLO I’m a Walker.
I do not believe it is going to get much better than it is—not in one month’s worth of time (maybe in a year or two from now, but not one month). There is something wrong with me; something about my body, my person that does not agree with running.
I figured I needed to let my Ragnar Team know this fact. I was willing to step aside and allow another runner to take my place. I was fine with that. I just wanted them to be aware of what to expect from me.
This is what I got back from one team member (I love her):
Well, the longer it takes your van to do their runs, the more time I get to relax and even sleep, so I am all for a walker or two in the mix. But my guess is Scott wants you around because its fun and its even more fun with your spouse to snuggle w/ at night and cheer on in the day. I want you along for the memories, the general bonding that takes place, the friendship, and so much more than the speed of your feet. Your have a spirited wit, cleverness and willingness to be silly, I love that! That is what makes this soooo fun. Don't even think twice about speed. However, its your choice and if you just don't want to come, then we won't pressure you. I may ask you to babysit my kids though (our babysitter got invited to DC and how can you blame her for cancelling??) So think about it. IF its not fun, then we aren't doing it right. Love you jen
Don’t you just love that line “I want you along for the memories . . . as so much more than the speed of your feet.” Wow, the amount of pressure that lifted from my shoulders. I love Jen. I love her cute family . . . but when she asked if I would watch her three LOVELY boys (they are lovely) plus my three kids, then I started thinking that 13.1 miles doesn’t sound all as bad .
So my Ragnar Team, I make you a couple of promises: Promise #1) I will complete my legs of the race. Promise #2) I will keep my cursing to a minimum. Promise #3) I will not to flip any one off. Promise #4) I will provide comedic relief, which will hopefully make up for my lack of athleticism. I promise to make you laugh
While I walk my legs of the race (I might mix it up a little and run a tiny bit), my other 11 Ragnar team members better be resting up and preparing to make up my time. I figure, if the rest of you can do a 6 minute mile or less to make up for my 15 minute mile, then all will work out. We won’t come in last place. So run your little hearts out. Train, train, train . . . cause I’m a walking.