As with many people, it often seems my life is guided by lists. Household chores, to do lists, training plans, lists on calendars. As a Champion, I was lucky enough to hear Don Kern, director of the Grand Rapids Marathon, speak last week. He caused me to think about lists in a different way.
When I heard that Don Kern would be speaking to the Champions, I had to attend. My first marathon and running race are coming up October 21st at the event he organizes. I thought I might perhaps get some words of wisdom about nutrition, pacing, or hear a bit about the set-up of the course. Instead I got much more.
Don Kern reminds me a bit of myself. We both seem to lack in any natural athletic ability. Like me, he was also one of the last kids to be picked for every team in school gym class. But the one thing he kept reminding us was that “ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” And he did do something quite extraordinary -he achieved the world record for running marathons on all seven continents in the shortest time (25 days). Not only that, it was the fourth time he had run marathons on all seven continents. Running seven marathons in 25 days is still difficult to wrap my head around let alone adding the travel to the picture.
He also discussed the importance of having 100 things on your Life List (things you want to do in your lifetime). And, unlike many of the items on my lists, it seems these items will lift me up and inspire me, not weigh me down with the burden of all I need to fit into a day.
So I came home and started my own list. There are many things on it from all areas of my life. I thought I would share some of my fitness-related goals with you though:
1. Qualify for the National Weight Control Registry. This requires having maintained a weight loss of over 30 pounds for over one year. I completed this goal today! Yay Me!
2. Finish a marathon. I am hoping to cross this one off the list on October 21st because I don’t want to have to do it again
3. Finish a century bike ride.
4. Do a pull-up. I’ve never been able to do one. Ever.
5. Complete an Iron-distance triathlon.
As much as I am in this for the process, I have to admit I still want the experience of #6. Even if it is when I am 80 and the only one left in my age group.
6. Have a podium finish in my age group.
So get out your paper (or app) and think about what inspires you!