A picture of the piles of snow that keep accumulating in front of our house that will never melt because it's frickin' freezing out here, Mr. Bigglesworth. I should have put a little elf in the photo for perspective, because the front pile is about the height of an elf. Last night was the Biggest Loser finale and watching it made me want to do something big. It will probably pass, but in the meantime, I've been thinking of what I might do. I've had various 'big" ideas in the past, such as walking across America or hiking the Continental Divide, which I never follow through on because they're complicated and impractical.
But I would like to keep healthy this winter before I start biking again. Because when I first started biking, every day was like someone was scraping out my lungs with a dull spoon and most days I had to put my head between my legs to fend off the vomiting. So I have motivation to keep up my cardio strength.
If I were a runner, it would be easy to set a goal, like running a 5K or half marathon. But I don't want to have knee surgery by 40 or be grumpy all the time, so I don't run. But what if I could borrow from the motivational bag of a runner and walk a marathon or a half marathon? I googled it, and apparently people do it.
But looking at running sites, I remember how much I hate crowds and paying money to be in crowds and paying money to sweat in crowds. And how much I cower in front of gangly runners who intimidate me with their Jack the Pumpkin King legs and wee beady eyes.
So, I thought, why not organize my own personal run-free marathon or half-marathon? Maybe somewhere beautiful and peaceful like Steamboat Springs or Ouray. Maybe I can use it to raise money for something cool, like IJM. It's not the Dunder Mifflin Celebrity Rabies Fun Run, but I think the Van Schooneveld Run-Free Marathon for Justice is pretty catchy.
What do you think? If I don't forget this idea by tomorrow, does anyone want to join me?