I’ve been watching a lot of running documentaries lately. I especially like to watch them on Netflix streaming while I run on the treadmill. Spirit of the Marathon follows six runners as they train for the Chicago marathon. I liked that there was a good mix of runners: first-timer, old-timer, elite, etc. I also really enjoyed Marathon, which is not a documentary but a Korean movie with English subtitles. It wasn’t difficult to read the subtitles while running.
I’ve had to order a few in the mail. There was The Runner: Extreme Ultrarunner David Horton about a guy who ran the Pacific Coastal Trail from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Then I watched Running the Sahara about three guys who ran the Sahara Desert from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The latter was a much more interesting watch.
I find if really motivating to watch these movies, especially the ones about the ultrarunners. It makes me think that I’m capable of so much more.
I think that’s why I came up with this crazy idea shortly after I innocently bought this hiking book from Costco.
There are 127 hikes varying in distance from 0.7 miles to 12.5 miles and in elevation from level to 3,200 feet. I decided that I’m going to do every single hike in this book before the end of 2014.
And here’s where the drama ensued.
Shane thought it was too ambitious of a goal. He gave me a laundry list of things that would sabotage this grand idea. Sickness, soccer/baseball games, visiting my parents, family trips, and on and on.
As he spoke I started to think that he was right. I’m pretty good at coming up with great ideas, but famously terrible at executing them. Some craziness always happens. This would be a failure waiting to happen.
But then another voice spoke up. So what if I didn’t complete the entire book?! If I did any of the hikes, I would still be accomplishing something. As it is now, I never take the kids on hikes and even though I’m familiar with the names Garrapata and Garland Ranch because they are referred to so frequently by locals, I’ve never set foot at either place.
I interrupted him and said “Just stop! I’m going to do it. I can do it!” I was furious. And sad. And disappointed. And yet somehow determined.
And over the next day, I went back and forth between being excited about this awesome journey I’m about to embark on and nearly returning the dang book because it’s too exhausting listening to me argue with myself.
It would be nice if Shane had initially been excited and motivated, but I can’t help but think this is all for the best. That this is an opportunity to practice some self-motivation.
When I was single I was adventurous and over the years I’ve lost that part of myself. I’d like to find her again.
And to be fair, he did call up his big sis for some advice on dealing with his highly emotional (and perplexing) wife (aka Me). She’s the best and now he’s fully supportive. Perhaps a bit half-hearted… but I’ll take it. I think he’ll come around.