Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"All we have to do is run"

It all started one sunny day last month when Buddy called me and said that we should run the 5K leg of the Beijing Marathon. His company would pay for our registration, all we have to do is run.

All we have to do is run.

That statement right there sums my husband up so well.

If I had to choose between registering for an event and running 5K, I would easily choose the former. But not Buddy Gao. He has the energy of 12 cheetas pent up in one human body.

"Sure, let's do the marathon," I said.


"We will never run in that marathon," I thought as I hung up the phone.

Something always comes up when Buddy and I attempt things like this. I can see it now - sick kid, flat tire, sprained ankle, broken garbage disposal. Something will happen that prevents us from running in the marathon.

I checked the website to get some details on the event, because Mr. "All We Have To Do Is Run" couldn't even tell me the date. The website says our event is actually 4.2K and there's a time limit, a fairly aggressive one if you ask me - 25 minutes. After 25 minutes all 4.2K runners will be asked to get in the pick-up van.

How humiliating would that be? To cross the finish line on my first race in the back of the pick-up van?

So basically I'm fixated on one goal, which is to finish the race before that damn van. And I think this is a smart move on the part of the Marathon organizers. If it weren't for this time constraint I would probably be stressing over whether I can complete the race at all. Now I've moved my anxiety to a whole new level.

So I'm running laps around my complex this week like crazy, trying to get my time down.

And as a back up plan I am grinding corn cobs down my garbage disposal.

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An said...

Hahaha! Wow that IS aggressive. Good luck!

Sin-Yaw Wang said...

4.2k is about 2.5 miles. Doing that in 25 minutes is not really aggressive. If you are not a runner, it takes about a week to build up the stamina. Make sure you have good running shoes and trim your toenails short.

Melanie Gao said...

Thanks An. :)

Sin-Yaw you're such a jock. :) And you gave me another good idea on how to get out of the race - an ingrown toenail!

Dalton said...

That is hilarious! Of course they send round the van, funny.

Our first race was the Beijing Great Wall marathon, which I 'ran' the 10K.

The highlight for me had to be running up the mountain behind a pickup style tractor, sputting black fumes on me and driving by with raw carcases in the trunk. Headed up to a restaurant I assume.

Nothing like raw meet and fumes to motivate you to move your ass!

Good luck Mel, you will enjoy it.

Melanie Gao said...

Dalton that is hysterical. Yes, that would get my ass in gear for sure. I hope you're right, I hope I will enjoy it... I'll be sure to update the blog afterwards.

Anonymous said...

According to my experience, if you take execuse every day. Make sure have a rest in Oct 24, that will give you more energy in the next day running.

Looking forward your pictures.

Good luck!

Melanie Gao said...

Thanks for the tip Forrest! I'll rest the day before the race.

Anonymous said...

You can do it! :)

Melanie Gao said...

Thanks Anon! And you were right - I did it! :)