I posed the question on Facebook, “What do you think I should do about June?”
1. Find an extra half sometime during the rest of the year and double up one month. Then it's still 12 in 12.
2. Finish in January, possibly in Tempe, AZ which is the same place I started.
3. Let it go as a reminder that goals don't always go perfectly, but the quest is still worthwhile.
What do you think?
Here are the answers I got. I think they are so interesting!
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I'd probably go with #1- if you could find a virtual one then you could do the mileage with MIT.
I agree with Heather. Then you can hang out with us again.
Finish in Tempe in January. That would be a nice full circle.
Go with your gut. It's not the end result it’s who you have to be to get there.
Finish in Tempe! And, pick up an extra race along the way just for giggles.
First - don't give up.
How does your body feel? I'd say virtual race to cover it if that's important and you’re strong and healthy and #2-Tempe again!!
What do you feel in your heart, is the thing to do? That's the choice I support and recommend!
Finish in January. Tempe would be cool if you can make it back there!
How about 13.1 on Friday?? Although I vote for Tempe because I'm running that half in 2016!
Tempe vote here too.
Do two in August. Of course you can still do Tempe in January for my birthday.
Double up one month. It's still 12 in a year.
My vote is Tempe.
I'm thinking of going back and doing the marathon in Tempe in Jan.
The past is the past. Embrace it. Move on.
It's not worth the risk of injury.
I think #3 or, Tempe in January. Don't double up.
Maybe the half in January will be before the date of the first one you did in January, then it would still be a year. Isn't there a civilization from the past that had more than 365 days in a year?
#3 do not be too hard on yourself. Look at all you have accomplished, all the women (and men) you have inspired & helped. You are growing your business & that is physically & mentally taxing. You are not "bad" if you choose #3.
I don't think you are really ready to accept #3 at the moment.
#4 Create a New Year’s Eve virtual 1/2 marathon for a great cause.
Tough!!! Is there an interesting one to add?
Hmmmm good question. Being all things happen for a reason, I'd look into the spiritual growth potential of NOT completing 12 in 12. Perhaps an opportunity to let perfection go? Perhaps more allowing of "what is" without attachment? Perhaps knowing you "showed up" for 12 even though the stranding didn't allow you to actually run it? Get my drift?
I love this response!
I am in agreement with this, too. Wonder if letting it go will allow something else appear that will be the perfect thing to do in place of the half you missed?
I totally agree with this thread too. For me, sometimes I get so focused on completing my list that I lose sight of what is really important. You inspired me so much with how you responded to what had to have been a huge disappointment when you couldn't run last month. Perfection is so over-rated. You are teaching me that and it is a hard lesson to learn. Whatever you decide to do is wonderful provided it is for the right reasons.
"Let perfection go". Definitely something I need to work on. Blog topic?
Run something in Texas in January and stay with me because I miss you and will drive all over the state to support you!!
Do whatever moves you. Have fun with it! What do you want to do?
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I already knew what I planned on doing. I just wanted to see what everyone else thought. But then I saw Marie’s post. How about 13.1 on Friday?? We were already planning on walking 6 miles at Highbanks that day.
But I already let June go! I made peace with the Lake Erie storm while I was running down the mountains in Utah. That doesn’t mean we can’t do 13.1 on Friday, I thought.
So we did. I registered for a virtual half marathon called Guts to Glory, a charity run for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Printed out race bibs, fueled up and met at 1:00 pm on Friday. We walked the first 5.5 miles, our usual trail, and stopped at the car to refill our water. It was nice and hot out, sunny and eighties. Once we resumed, we started adding some running to the flat areas to give our hip extensors a break. Power walking is no joke!
It was fun trying to plan out a route that would have us finish at 13.1 miles. We took selfies and chatted, and time flew by. We made one more stop at the car for water, and finished the home stretch. We ended up exactly 13.1 miles right behind the visitor’s center. 3 hours and 10 minutes. [avg heart rate 146, 1798 calories burned]
I cannot describe the sense of accomplishment of this one. No crowd, no official finish line. Just our own moment of arms in the air victory.
There are so many things I loved about doing this. But my favorite is that we did it with no training, no planning and 100% for fun. That’s the kind of fitness I want. If someone invites me on a spur of the moment hiking trip, I want to be able to say yes, because I have a baseline of fitness that will allow me to do that. Or to walk through Europe, babysit grandkids, take the family to Disney, or whatever activities and events mean the most to you. Be able to say yes! Get a foundation of fitness that allows that kind of freedom. That kind of freedom feels like anything is possible.
But the only way to get it is to keep showing up. Day after day, year after year. Get your walks in. Get your lifting done. These daily workouts may seem like sacrifices of time and energy when you are doing them, but when you get to celebrate your fitness and the freedom that comes with it, you will se that it really is a precious gift.