I’m a writer, I write horror and science fiction stories and once for a slight second I once contemplated to write a romance story. To supplement my writing earning to a living standard I work a day job as a system administrator.
I love freedom, I love to be free and do whatever I fancy at the moment, however regrettable most of us (including me) are not free in doing so. Laws, rules, government, responsibilities, impairments, keeps us from this. However this is no reason not to be able to keep ones mind free, so I may be physically freedom impaired, my mind is free and running with all the limitless crazy ideas I can come up with. Sometimes one of my crazy ideas is possible to enact on without infringing on the chains that keeps us captive and doing so it will transverse from my mind into reality. (At least I try to make it so.)
One of these ideas gave birth to this blog. Some co-workers of mine decided they would run a half marathon and started training for it. They asked, urged, implored, begged for me to join them in training for this and I rejected that idea at first. I didn’t reject it immediately, I thought about it for some while(very short while), but running 21km is way too much for me. It isn’t that I can’t do it, I most certainly can because I’m awesome like that, but it’s too time consuming.
A few months passed and my co-workers are now struggling with their training, not in the running part but more in the getting to run part. I thought about the marathon races and decided to look online to the ones being held, lo and behold I see that there are more than just half and full marathons. They hold 5km, 10km, and many more races, and the 5km race got me thinking, that I could manage that.
I searched for more information on running in general and running the 5km and it got me excited. I emailed my wife asking her if she wanted to start running together with me and to my surprise she answered positive. I researched how to start training, the times 5km are run, the world-records, what shoes to wear, training, etc, etc… I became obsessed and still am obsessed with running the 5km. I think doing it would be a great thing for me. I may now finally get my belly under control, and be able to dance for more than five minutes. Who knows it may even help my stamina in some other more nocturnal activities.
Looking at the men outdoor world record for 5km:
I thought if some pro can run well below 13 minutes then I sure can run it in 15 minutes. I told my co-workers I would also start running. They got excited about the 21km and asked when I started training and again I had to disappoint them in me not wanting to run 21km and said instead I would do the 5km. Them being lazy (I didn’t really call them that, but they are lazy) I told them to join me instead in running the 5km, they foolhardily stuck to their plans. (I’m sure to get flack from them for writing this.)
Next I proclaimed that not only would I run the 5km, but that I would do so in 15 minutes. The big eyes looking at me said it all, and they calling me crazy confirmed it. (I’m sure most of you reading this also do so.) Impossible was what they said next. You can’t do that. And then with the crazy again. (And maybe I am.) Well I said I would do it and can do it and will do it and sure I may fail, but I will not fail by not trying. This moment of insanity borne the dedication in me to try my best in doing so and stick to it.
I started this blog to document this challenge I put on myself. I’ll review my strategy, my tactics, my progress, my everything pertaining to the challenge and running in general.
Will I turn out a fool or will I be proven right? We’ll see, we’ll see.