Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Go Big or Go Home...

Is a saying we use at our house a lot.  It can be used in a lot of different scenarios.  For example, when you are sitting on the patio with your boyfriend (pre-engagement and marriage) and decide that you both want to move to Nashville.  Job hunting began, a job offer was accepted, and our house was listed.  Go big or go home.  Yep, that was our motto.  To sum things up, Ken ended up coming back home after six months in Nashville.  I guess in this case the "Go Home" part came true.  Oh how we miss Nashville though. 

Go big or go home.  I am pretty sure that came into play when I started running.  I had never run a race in my life or anything over seven miles.  I decide to train for a half marathon and had not even run the half marathon when I decided to start training for a marathon.  Go big or go home.  I still have never run in a 5K.

I have been debating about trying a triathalon.  You know me, I do not want to train for a small race or a short distance.  I want to you guessed it, go big or go home.  The Kansas Ironman 70.3 is held every June in Lawrence, KS, which is right in my backyard.  I have been tossing around the idea of signing up for it.  I talked it over with Ken last night at dinner and he told me the decision is up to me.  He asked me the distance and responded with, "You can totally do that!".  How cool is it that he has so much faith in me!  My biggest concern is what the heck is he going to do for the time it will take me to finish?  If you know Ken, you know he gets bored easily.  He loves to support me, but he likes to be entertained by doing so.  He told me that we can figure this part out.  He can drop me off and come back later with Kya or we can simply drive separately.  Why is it that I get so concerned with logistics and I am not even signed up for the race??  Seriously. 

So a decision needs to be made.  Will I go big or go home??  The race is two months after the St. Louis Marathon, so it will not interfere with marathon training.  I can simply adjust my training a little to add in the running and biking.  Hmm...what to do what to do...

4 comments:

Baron and Amelia said...

Go Big. Ken can kill some time by stopping my Maull's field. I would love to do that. I have thought about adding swimming at the gym. I just need a new swimsuit for lap swimming.

lindsay said...

i love "go big or go home", though i don't quite use it nearly as much as you guys do! that's cool though that you are willing to step out and try new things (ie moving to nashville on a whim). so many people are too afraid, too comfortable.

a half-iron... so intimidating! some days i want to, some days i don't :)

TarynMurtagh said...

Keri-
I did the KS 70.3 last year and the event was fantastic. Lots of support, very family/spectator friendly, not intimidating, mild weather and beauitful scenery. I am thinking of doing it again this year. I went to school at KU and can help you with any suggestions, if you choose to do it.
What site or method do you use for logging miles / training?
Keep it up!

Keri said...

Taryn,
I am not sure how to get back in touch with you. I hope you come back to this site. I would love to chat with you. Thank you so much for your willingness to offer up suggestions. Please feel free to email me at k_dodson1@hotmail.com.

I use a good old planner to keep track of my miles. So old school, but I like to be able to flip back over it and add up the miles.

Have a good one!