Sunday, October 17, 2010

How Peer Pressure and Reverse Psychology Are Ruining My Life

Me: I’m not running a marathon this year.
Husband:  Thank goodness.
Me: Hold me to that, please.
Husband: Gladly.
One Whole Day Later

Brother: Do you want to run the St. George Marathon with me next October?  All the siblings are doing it.
Me: I don’t know.  My book is coming out that month.  Not sure if it’s a good idea.
Brother: You probably shouldn't do it then.  You’d probably just stress yourself out trying to qualify for Boston, or re-injure your hamstring, or something.
Me: Screw it.  I’ll be there.

And if that wasn’t enough, then I came across this picture of the last race we ran together and got all nostalgic.  It was the Grizzly Half-Marathon in Choteau Montana, five years ago.  He placed THIRD OVERALL, and I placed first in my own very small category of women breastfeeding at both the start and finish line.

Now I just need somebody to peer pressure/reverse psychology me out of running a marathon next October.  Any volunteers?  Or just come and run it with us.  Trust me, it'll be fun.  There might be tears, vomiting, chaffing, fainting, and/or bleeding, but it'll be fun.


  1. I'll try not to be insulted by the fact that I told Steve about a week ago that I didn't think I could do the marathon. So apparently when referring to the group of "siblings", I don't count? Just for that I may do it just to spite you all. Nothing says, "I'll show you!" like running yourSELF in to the ground for 26.2 miles.

  2. Oh I am so glad that this is the first time I am hearing about this. And slightly offended that Steve did not ask ME to run too! I guess he knows someone needs to take care of his kids during all the training and the race, so it might as well be his own wife doing the childcare! Just kidding. We all know I happily prefer to be the one taking care of the kids and not running:) I will help take care of your kids too! And cheering you all on.

  3. If you run this race (or, better stated, if you train for this race with intentions to run it) I will come to Orlando (which, as you know, isn't a terribly long drive for me) and pull a Kathy Bates on you.

  4. Amanda, you count, he was just planning a kidnapping/forced-marathon-running for you, and now I've had to go and give it away. Thanks a lot.

    Janae, you seriously had me--I thought he hadn't told you and I was thinking, that IDIOT! You're way too supportive for your own good (and possibly my own good.)

    And Robert, it's so good to know I have friends who are willing to break my ankles for me. PS. I run with pepper spray.

  5. Well, you know, I am a true "letter of the law" follower of the Bible and I'm certain that John 15:13 says, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man break a friend's ankles if she plans on running an ill-advised marathon."

    I'm just following the Good Book need to break out the pepper spray.

  6. A marathon! You are truly amazing, book writer, awesome mom, one of a kind violinist, and a long distance runner. Someday when I grow up I wanna be like you.

  7. I've always wanted to run a marathon. If I could see you again after so long i'd make training a priority and run the St. George next year... that is if I could get in.
    P.S. a book writer! I cant wait to read it.