Day 30: Double the Challenge, Double the Fun

Here it is, the end of the year.  I am shocked, shocked (!) I say that it happened again, this whole orbiting around the sun thing.  Again with that.  This is all rather ironic, because I am someone who loves a schedule, gets giddy over a fresh new calendar, and makes a living overseeing someone else’s appointments.  But for the last five years when the end of the year comes, I get a little anxious.  I can pause it enough to adore Thanksgiving Day and revel in my actual birthday, but everything else from November until January 2 has me on edge.  It’s a long story…


So this year, I decided to squeeze in one more timed running event, a real bitch of one too, the North Face Endurance Challenge Half Marathon on December 5th.  Just to keep it interesting, I will be four days into being age 39 on the day of the race.  I wonder if it changes my bracket?  I think it is fitting that this race features four intense hill climbs over the 13.1 miles, because I cannot think of a more precise metaphor for the year I have had.  While 2008 had some important breakthroughs and milestones and FUN, 2009 has been a Groundhog Day ridden slog punctuated by some of the most serious, stressful, shocking circumstances people have to face in a lifetime.  And this was me and my people facing them!  The blessing though is that I have never been more equipped to handle them, whether it was offering support, or asking for it for myself.  So bring on the damn hills!


I have also decided to add one more challenge to my challenge, and that is to write about it.  Every night that I run, I wish I had some kind of stenographer cruising along side me on a scooter, just jotting down my every blurted thought, turn of phrase, or epiphany.  Without my steno, I get in the house, high on adrenaline and songs, and by the time I have removed the dogs’ harnesses, all my thoughts have fallen out of my brain.  D’oh!  And if I hear one more time that I should be/need to/why aren’t you writing and offer some b.s. excuse, well then, I might not have learned anything in 2009.  And of course, I will include some basic stuff about the training.  There will be Aches and Pains, Song Reports, Goofy Moments of Nature Love, Sanity and Vanity, Non Sequiturs etc and so forth.  Tonight I ran 5.5 miles in 52 minutes in total darkness, save for the puplights and the ambient light bouncing off the low clouds.  It was beautiful.  Also the first night I ran in long pants since winter.

I am excited and I hope I can pull it off.  Even though crazy Facebookland is still so new to us humans and we are so not emotionally equipped to handle the access to this kind of info about each other, I do think at its best it connects us and it certainly has done that for me.  I love reading about your lives, even if in short bursts, or photos, or links, or even about your lost FarmVille sheep, or your kid’s soccer game, or your heartbreaks, or your triumphs, or how you broke a nail today.  I will likely be tagging you if I mention you or I particularly want you to read an entry, so do it.  I am inspired by so many of you and if I can tell you that because I pounded out some miles in your honor that alone makes me happy to have expressed it in writing.  And if I don’t tag you, I might know your preference for discretion, so don’t get all sad, just read.  Comments, on point and for god sake’s witty, are welcomed.  But I reserve the right to delete them if I think there are offensive to the gang.

Thanks friends and family, you’re all that matters to me.

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2 thoughts on “Day 30: Double the Challenge, Double the Fun

  1. Micol-

    You are SUCH A STAR I CAN’T STAND IT! Thank you for being a perpetual inspiration. xoxoxoxo
    November 5, 2009 at 10:20pm


    Yay! Good luck sister!
    November 5, 2009 at 10:33pm


    well you’ve done it again! just when i think you dug deep and brought it all out…more amazingness comes from you! rock on sister sledge! xoxoxo e. addy
    November 5, 2009 at 10:57pm


    You are amazing!!
    November 6, 2009 at 5:45am


    i can’t wait to read. You are inspirational. Your writing is amazing and your insight is spot on.
    November 6, 2009 at 6:19am


    Friday, friend love and a good hair day?! Damn, I am lucky to have you!! Thank you is an understatement. XOXOXO
    November 6, 2009 at 7:15am


    go girl! i think creating an outlet that combines 2 of your passions is a great idea and brilliant defense against my-life-exists-for-work syndrome. great idea! xo
    November 6, 2009 at 7:29am


    Good luck J.
    November 6, 2009 at 8:39am


    Thanks VH :-)
    November 6, 2009 at 9:39am


    excellent way of channeling your energy and creative juices! and what a way to end the year! love u! xoxo
    November 6, 2009 at 10:49am


    I’m so proud of you chica. You inspire me and I want only the best for you.
    November 6, 2009 at 11:01am


    Looking forward to YOUR training!!!!
    November 6, 2009 at 11:12am


    You go girly!
    November 6, 2009 at 11:21am


    KBB, you will be pressed into service for much training advice, stay tuned :-)
    November 6, 2009 at 11:35am


    you are a SUPERHERO!!! i love this idea and can’t wait to follow along. hills? make them your bee-atches.
    November 6, 2009 at 12:06pm


    die hills DIE!
    November 6, 2009 at 3:43pm


    Yeah Justine! You are my inspiration!!
    November 7, 2009 at 4:15pm


    run like the wind baby.
    November 7, 2009 at 4:47pm


    wow, you are inspirational and should be a writer, I read all the things you post and in the short time I have gotten a glimpse into your life we share one thing.. telluride and that is a big bond and i think you are a incredicble, strong amazing, resilant woman. You have done great things and you will kick ASS!! xoxo
    November 7, 2009 at 10:23pm


    Good for you Justine! That’s wonderful!
    November 8, 2009 at 3:07pm


    I am just discovering this. So cool! You’re a rock star. I wish I had half your motivation and ALL of your bod! ;o)
    November 16, 2009 at 9:22pm


    thanks Penny!! I will hike with you ANYtime. :-)
    November 16, 2009 at 10:09pm

  2. Ha ha love it. Great post, great comments. I think people who spill their guts deserve comments, and you deserve as much as anyone. Why I like to give them. :) Oh, and yeah, push yourself to whatever you can achieve. I will follow you on your journey fo’ sho. :)

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