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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why Not?

My, sometimes the thoughts fly fast, and faster than I can capture with the pen..or typewriter..er, computer..

I was listening to an ultra running podcast, the latest episode, and I believe the host was referring to my blog post in his discussion. I burst out laughing. The podcaster is very good at trying to keep anonymity on the internet (which I think is a good idea) but it was pretty clear to me he was referring me. (Ok, I guess you had to be me to understand this.) But he actually recanted his statement about a woman finishing The Barkley. He changed his mind due to Jennifer Pharr Davis new world record on the AT. Davis' AT times bested two Barkley finisher times, David Horton, and Andrew Thompson, who also finished the AT (and Thompson used to hold the record).

The question would be, is, does, Jen Pharr Davis have any hankering to run the Barkley? I'm sure she knows what it is, she is in the ultra community, and friends of Horton.

Okay, that was amusing stuff of the day.

I've been feeling rather bipolar in my self lately. One minute I am fretting over low mileage weeks, then I run my personal best on a training route and post my best body weight.
I'm doing real good with small goals lately. Run up that hill by summer's end? Ok; check that box off twice. I now have a different hill planned to summit by running by summer's end.
And you know what happens after you know you can *run* the hill (instead of hiking)? You have now freed your mind that you "cannot". Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier. I've run up hills that I thought impossible. Now these hills will become part of the normal "running" routine. (Not every time; but I used to say that about wee small hills, that I now routinely run up).

Future goals:

I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo,this November.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

This is quantity, over quality. I have no idea what I am going to write about yet.

But, why not?

Why not force my creative side to the front? Why not eschew reading Facebook and Twitter, and focus more on a new, creative, challenge, than catching up on what everyone is having for lunch?

I am also going to apply  for The Barkley Marathon for 2012.

Again, why not? It's the quotation I have at the top of my blog, from (aptly) the Barkley RD:


"1) you will never achieve great things with small goals
2) there is no guarantee you will have another chance tomorrow"
-laz

1 comment:

  1. Kimba,
    Very cool, all of this. Love the attitude and it is so true. There are many hills too steep to consider running up, until, one day when you feel feisty ... And there it is, runnable.
    Inthink it is fantastic that you're applying for the Barkley. You are one of the toughest and most determined ultra runners I know, male or female. Go for it!

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