First things first, though: Okay, so where did I leave off on my last post? Oh, right...I'm soooooooo competitive and going to outrun Neil....who saw that I had pulled into the lead and texted me:
|"I would appreciate it if you took the next two days off from running. Thanks."|
Back to my Paula love fest. I couldn't be more excited to cheer Paula on in the London Olympics this summer [NYC friends - plan on me hosting a viewing party to cheer her on...don't worry, it takes her a LOT less time to run the marathon than me], so I'll start off my Wannabe Wednesday posts by paying homage to the marathon world record holder.
|Paula partying with wine like we will at the marathon viewing/cheering party. Just kidding...sort of...|
Thanks for Owen for giving me permission to use his photo!
- I really like her attitude towards running versus life. Obviously she's pretty stinking dedicated, but I really like the stance she took on not wanting to put her life on hold to have children because it might interfere with her bid for a gold medal in London. No one has a crystal ball, and even if she had put off having kids, that didn't guarantee she'd win the Olympics. I imagine that couldn't have been an easy decision for such a competitive person, but it sounds like she has her priorities straight: winning gold but missing her biological chance to have a second kid wouldn't have been worth it to her. Not that I'm all gung-ho on motherhood or anything, but I just think it's nice to see someone who seems to think rationally about her work-life balance.
- How cute is she???? Did you see the pics of her holding her daughter after winning the NYC marathon???? (okay, maybe that's not the best reason to like her)
- She won the NYC marathon the first year I remember watching it and the excitement from watching that race is what got the pot stirring that maybe I should start trying to qualify for the race, too.
|Thanks, Emma, for letting me use your picture!!|
So...it's Wednesday and I Wannabe like Paula (and Emma, who can apparently run a sub 5 minute mile and got to run with Paula - so cool!!) . I took her speedy inspiration to the gym with me tonight and decided to try to see how fast I could run a mile. Mile completed in 8:40 on 2/29/12 [Happy Leap Day everybody!]. That's my goal to beat for 3/31/12, when I'll try a go at another fastest mile.