What’s another 13 miles?

Posted on | November 12, 2012 | 8 Comments

Sometime around the beginning of October, something amazing happened.  My boss asked for suggestions on how she could make my life easier, what with all the single momming and full time attorneying and other stuff and nonsense.  I told her that having the time and place to exercise would really help and like the fairy godmother she sometimes is, she bought gym memberships for the whole firm.  At the gym across the street.

So for the past six weeks, I’ve been diligently going to the gym 3-4 times a week and pounding out my frustrations on the treadmill.  Not to lose weight.  Not to impress the fellas. Not for any reason other than feeling like I’m reclaiming SOMETHING from my “old” life.  I’m reclaiming my ability to sweat it out in a gym.  I’m reclaiming my competitive streak.  I’m reclaiming my sense of being someone other than J’s mom, even though I love love LOVE being that person. I never want my son to think he held me back from anything… never want him to feel like I gave up on my dreams for him.  And in order for him not to feel that way, I have to not let it BE that way.

So… I’ve now completed two 5ks, have two more scheduled and… gasp… have registered for my very first (and potentially only) half-marathon… the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 24th in Orlando, Florida.  A half. marathon.  As in 13.1 miles.  As in I’m the girl who totally cheated and played the asthma card in school when we had to run a mile BECAUSE I COULDN’T EVEN RUN A MILE!  Yeah.  Because why not, right? Because I’m a single mom and dammit, single moms can do just about any damn thing we put our minds to!  It’s not enough for me to tell J that he can be or do anything or that women can be or do anything… I want to SHOW him that.  I want to throw my arms open wide and say “Look! Look at all that you can accomplish even if you’re a single parent with a full time job!” I want him to grow being amused by but proud of his mother, lovingly acknowledging that I’m bat shit crazy but in all the good ways.

I’m not just running a half-marathon though… I’m running and raising money for the local Ronald McDonald House here in Macon.  Since I’m doing fundraising, I’d love it if you guys could help me reach my goal.  RMH does such amazing work and my puny $1000 fundraising goal won’t even cover the cost of operations for one day at the facility.  But it will get you on the race path with me, with updates and screams and every other obnoxious part of me laboring through 13.1 miles.  And it will get you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve donated to a totally awesome cause.  So if you’re interested in helping out, here’s the link to my page: CLICK HERE.

And you  can probably count on a lot of obnoxious updates about how this is going all over the Facebook page.

But ultimately? I think I can do this.  No… I KNOW I can do this.  Even if I have to walk 9/10ths of every freaking mile.  Because this is about more than just a stupid race. This is about recovery.  This is about reclamation.  This is about believing in me and what I’m capable of doing.

And with everything else I’ve been through, with all the miles I’ve crawled over the past year and a half?

What’s a few more…


8 Responses to “What’s another 13 miles?”

  1. Joanna
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    yay! massive fist bumps for you. I’m not ready for a half marathon. I’m not sure I’ll ever be…. but I’m so glad of how good running makes you feel. You are awesome.

  2. lawmomma
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I’m no where near ready either… but I am determined. And that has to count for something.

  3. Joanna
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    you’re damn right it counts for something!

  4. TarynB
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    You will do Awesome! I’m only 2.5 hrs away from Orlando.. might have to come up so you have a cheering section at the finish line!!!!! I just did Savage Race in October… 6.5miles and 25obstacles… crossing that finish line was the best feeling in the world!

  5. lawmomma
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Oh do come! That would be so fun and totally worth it just to hug your neck! Or, you know, grab hold of you for dear life so that I don’t fall on my face… 😉

  6. TarynB
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    hahaha… and hand you a glass of wine after you get your princess medal!! 🙂

  7. lawmomma
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Obviously. 🙂

  8. pinkflipflops44
    November 12th, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    wahoo! good for you!

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