Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bikini Challenge-A Change in Focus

pasture

Spring has brought about change 'round here.  Just look at this pasture.  Went from nothing to a flower wonderland.  I can't say I've turned into a beautiful flower, that's for sure.  But I have made a change.  I've redirected my focus.

I've really been thinking about this bikini challenge.  Mostly because over the last week, I haven't been to the gym.  I started pondering why it was so hard for me to stick with the program.  Then it hit me.  I'm tired of worrying about my outward appearance.  This whole challenge revolved around what my body was going to look like.  Don't get me wrong, I don't want to turn into a slug but my health/fitness is more important than how I look in a bikini.

So my focus has shifted.  I need a new tangible goal that has nothing to do with how I look.  I don't want my worth to revolve around that.  Does that make sense?  Therefore, I decided on a new challenge, something I have never done before and will require complete dedication.  Any ideas?

I called the husband today and told him.  Well, really asked him what he thought.  His first response was "WHAT!"  Then he said he would support me 100%.  It's pretty crazy but when I set my mind on something, I usually accomplish it.  So here goes, I'm gonna.....


RUN A MARATHON!


What do ya think?  I'm I just a crazy loon biting off more than I can chew?  I know I can do a half-marathon. I ran one about three years ago.  After it, I said I would never do another one.  But I need something to work towards.  I know this about myself.  And I will be so proud once I accomplish it.

I'm gonna start out slow and increase my mileage slowly.  Hopefully my legs will hold out.  I don't plan on entering a race until the end of the year.  The husband and I agreed that I will enter one in a fun location so we can make a trip out of it.  I'm thinkin' maybe the Walt Disney World Marathon in January or Rock n Roll Marathon in Las Vegas this December.  But if finances don't allow for travel, there is a marathon here in January too.  Not as much fun but no matter what, I'll get it done.

I also decided to document my journey on another blog.  That way I don't bore y'all with my running stuff.  Don't feel like you have to visit it either.  It'll just be there if you're interested.    That is, once I start it!
 

24 comments:

K. T. Sparks said...

Good for you and I am glad you changed your focus to health rather than that darn bikini! You are so gorgeous you don't need to make yourself sick trying to feel like you need to be a Hawaiian Tropic girl. If you want to run a marathon great, and if you want to rope calves, that is good too! Kit be yourself and know you are beautiful inside and out!

Janet Phillips said...

You go girl! One of these days I keep thinin' that I would like to run a marathon as well maybe you talkin' about it will make me get my butt into gear and get to trainning!

CCC said...

2 things for sure are better than pretty: fit and smart. This new goal will prove you're both.

Gail said...

...and one of the terrible side effects of that will be a muscular, lean, running machine of a body.

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Be sure to let us know when you get that blog up and running! Ahaaa running --- a marathon wow (how many miles is that?)

Tami said...

A marathon....WOW! That's an impressive goal.

Love the new look here by the way. And the header is super.

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

Great idea and an amazing goal!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Good for you!! It's important to do what is best for you and having the guts to change your focus is a great thing!! I think a marathon will be great for you!! I have a cousin who just did the OKC Memorial run back in April, she has been training and running for years. The success she feels after these runs is amazing, so glad you will get to feel that!

lisa said...

I think that is great! My husbands Uncle has been in the Boston marathon, and ran in more marathons than I can count. He bike rides and he is still going in his 70's! So, you go girl, my husband tells me that he will love me no matter what I look like and I for the most part am not that unhappy with the way I look and Kit, I think you are a very pretty lady!!!

retriever farm said...

wow you are brave. best of luck. I just don't think I could go that far.

Scrappy Doo said...

WHAT!!! a marathon?? I wish ya akk the luck in the world. You go girl!:-)

Goodwife said...

I support ya Sister! It has to be about health, because our self worth isn't related to what we look like. We are beautiful wether we weigh 110 or 210 or even 310 because we are God's children and because we are fabulous! Health is the focus, so keeping that in mind, don't beat your body up trying to do this marathon either, that wouldn't be any healthier! Take your training slow and steady and you'll "win that race"! Hugs to you and your faboo man! And thanks for always being an inspiration to me! :)

Nicole J said...

I don't think that's crazy! Heck about 10 years ago my dad trained for one off a bet from some co-workers. He ran the Jacksonville FL marathon and a few weeks before it he broke his big toe, he still ran in it too.

wilsonc said...

Sounds like a worthy goal to me! Take it slow, listen to your body, and remember that health and fitness is your bottom line.

Tammy said...

Good for you! I think goals are important. Last year, I was going to ride my horse 300 hours. And by God I did it. Considering winter is a 6 month ordeal, I had to seriously squeeze in ride time in the warm months. This year... it is not going to happen. It was the plan, but we never even got any teaser days this past winter. Nothing wrong with revising goals.

I am still on my quest to lose those 10 pounds. I keep losing 2 and putting those 2 back on. I start going to WW meetings Monday. Maybe that will help. My motivation - I don't want to buy new clothes and what I am wearing now, hurts! :)

Linda said...

Go for it! Which one? I'm thinking of training again for another half.....26.2 is just too time consuming.

Lil Mama said...

Hmmm. More running. You and the Hunter would get along great. There is a marathon around here called the Mt. Diablo Challange. If you run it you can stay with up. Yikes that should send you running. Ha ha get it running.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

Good luck and have fun training! Take it easy...

Tatersmama said...

Good for you! If you set your mind to something, you can achieve anything... But I gotta say, better you than me, sweetheart. :) At my age, running to the toilet is more than enough exercise. LOL!

Bekah said...

NICE! I would love to run one...but I seriously doubt my own dedication to training.

Merri said...

you're a total loony. Just saying that because I still can't run from here to the barn. go for it!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You will never regret running the marathon... ;) I celebrated my 40th birthday running my first one in San Antonio. Enjoyed three more after that over a few years. Much older now and have hung up my running shoes... but, STILL one of the highlights of my life. Just remember to start slow... finish strong. Good luck.

Shirley said...

Hey, you're not just pretty, you're smart! Definitely a more worthy goal.

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

You are a superstar! And you're right, we're all to focused on outward appearances so this is a smashing idea. Even more smashing is running the marathon in Vegas in December, because, drum roll please, it's almost always during the NFR! And I am there too! Good luck! I will do my best to keep up with the travels in your new blog!