Tuesday, June 12, 2007

This is where I have chosen to die.

I blame the 5K races I've done thus far this summer. That's where the bug bit. Hit a couple on a whim and kept on running. Plan to do another couple, like this one and this one. There's even some talk floating around about some 10Ks through canyons that may sway me towards running them, too, should the wind be blowing right that day. I mean, at first, it started with the shirts. I like the ones I've received so far. I've enjoyed creamsicles and wee slices of pizza at the finish line. Then I got to like running around outside, matching my surroundings with the music on my iPod, making for my own real life music video channel, the one that goes for, oh, 45 minutes to an hour at a time. Started running four days a week. I dropped 15 pounds in two-and-a-half months and, all of a-sudden, running started to get even easier. Chris joined and became my own personal coach, the one that keeps barking at me to keep going, the one who has no problem calling me a fat girl when I don't. He is the Mickey to my Rocky. Doing it at 6 AM was a challenge, but now it's getting fun. And, even though both my ankles feel like they've been run over by a bullet train today, even though my butt feels more sore than my legs or knees ever do, even though there is no reason in this world to do more than I already have done, I have decided to take it a step further. I guess that's what runners do, right? Maybe. I'm no runner. But I do like to pretend.


I will be running a half marathon in Bryce Canyon on July 21st. My coach may not come along (commitment frightens him) and I may have to crawl across the finish line like it's the bloody Mojave, but I'm not real concerned about that right now. I just need to do it and finish. This whole silly sense of accomplishment thing is propelling me forward. As well as the lovely scenery. And the rumor that this thing is almost completely downhill. Poor knees. I hardly knew either of you. I may not come back from this. Then again, I just might. I just happen to be a risk-taker. And, if I do die, at least I'm doing it on the cheap. $30 is some kinda steal.

P.S. Neither of us are pretty runners but, if this keeps up, we'll be doing that whole shirtless runner thing by summer's end. Mark my words. We may both have to invest in sports bras, but that's neither here nor there.

19 comments:

aisy said...

yah for races! good work dainon. i'm planning to do the hobble creek half in august (also a lot of downhill). i love being able to see my progress... and will love to read about yours.

f*bomb. said...

I would definitely die there. As in, pass away on dry heaves. At least it's a gorgeous place to go...but I don't know how I feel about being laid to rest in spandex...

brent said...

D-

This is genius. It looks like a lot of fun. You should get in on the Freedom Run 10K action as a little warm up.

Anne said...

Wait...is that your finish time of 26:22? Nice work!! I'd just be starting mile 2 at that point (only a slight exaggeration).

Isn't running addicting?! Sometimes I hate the hold that it has on me, but I do love the race atmosphere and the free t-shirts that come with it (although I've never gotten creamcicles or pizza at the finish line, lucky you). If I could do a race every weekend I would. Those races you have planned sound awesome, especially the lavender one? How cool would that be?!

Good luck with the half marathon. If you make it out alive I'll be curious to know how it goes. You'll be great!

Angie said...

Sports bras? That's funny.

Sarita said...

I dig the matching outfits.

tim & brandi said...

This makes me really miss running, and my iPod. Hopefully in a couple months I can take it up again - possibly to train for next year's St. George marathon... maybe this could be your next goal after Bryce?

~b

cropstar5 said...

i wanna know what's on your ipod when you're running.

i love races. they make all those daily runs worth it. and who doesn't love a free tshirt?

good job and good luck!

and i agree with brent. you should do the freedom run 10k. i'll be there and i'm planning on taking a blogger photo with everyone that i blogstalk. so all the blogger/runners are invited to be in the photo. cheers.

Dainon said...

I have over 8,000 songs on my iPod. Sometimes it gels with the surroundings and sometimes it doesn't.

10K, eh? Child's play at this point. I just might do it.

aisy said...

i'll be there too... let's run for running freedom! (and shuffles... greatest working out invention... love the clip)

Daisy Paige said...

If you're up for another half after Bryce but before you want to commit to a full marathon, I recommend the Moab half next year (Canyonlands). Rolling course, beautiful scenery, perfect running weather. There are even massage therapists at the finish line waiting to rub everyone down!

Of course, it was after I ran the Moab half that I decided running a full marathon wasn't necessarily a goal I *had* to accomplish. I'd hate for you to become dissuaded as well.

Dainon said...

Who needs to run for 26 miles? Not this cowboy.

dr_b_rock said...

The Moab 25K is one of my all time favorite running memories in Utah. Being up there in the desert as the sun comes up and then running through the morning is amazing. I am jealous!

k8 said...

you could do the wasatch back relay with us next year!

Dainon said...

Who's to say I'm not going to do it this year? If my co-workers have any say in the matter, I'll be there. I have my doubts, however.

Trude said...

my favourite thing about my 5.30am jog in the dark is listening to Andrea Bocelli .. but once that sun has come out . Bam .. wolfmother wakes up Australia ..

Dainon said...

"Woooooman!" - Wolfmother

f*bomb. said...

If THAT's the case, I might be up for a run. If by "run," we mean a leasuirely jog while stopping on occasion to take pictures and walk with friends...

eped said...

hey alright Dainon! I didn't realize you were leaning into this so much. that 13miles through Bryce canyon sounds spectacular, the lavender thing too.

do consider my offer for September, eh?

there's also a nice 1/2 marathon they do down Provo Canyon at the end of the summer too.