2010年4月18日日曜日

Go Y Go!

As I sit here in my pjs waiting for the laundry to finish washing and thinking about my second cup of coffee (you can pretend you're having a lazy weekend by doing the housework in your pjs. It's all mind over matter, I tell you) anyway, as I'm sitting here my friend and neighbour Y is running a marathon. Not a metaphoric marathon, a real fair dinkum 42.195 km marathon. Wow.

Y works full time, has a 9 year old and a 5 year old, a husband who works 6 days a week, a MIL who expects help in the fields during harvest and planting season and all the same daily grind as I have as well. More really as her kids do piano, swimming and English to boot.

She's not an athlete, either. Her husband is a runner and she went and watched him run the Nagano marathon last year and was so impressed and moved by it all she decided to train and run together this year. Just like that. From zero to hero in a short 12 months. At the start she said she couldn't run 50 metres without stopping puffing and panting. But over the year she has trained consistently (early mornings- and the kids here leave at 6:40 so early mornings are really very early) and at night after her husband is home. She built up to 5km then 10, 20 without stopping for a break, 30 and finally the full 42. Wow.

K is a runner, too. And I went and watched him run the local half marathon last year and the year before. But all I thought was that half marathons are really not spectator sports. There's a lot of standing around waiting between 'See you! Good luck!' and 'Well done, honey!' To be totally honest and expose my shameful level of cheergirl spirit I considered doing the shopping while waiting for K to finish last year. Terrible, huh? I guess that's one reason why I'm so impressed with Y.

And today is the big day. She doesn't have a PB to break, no time she wants to make, she just wants to finish in the maximum time allowed. (It's a road marathon so you have to run at a certain pace or you will be asked to retire so they can reopen the roads). And I think that's pretty impressive.

Go Y Go!

3 件のコメント:

illahee さんのコメント...

wow!!

Kim さんのコメント...

Can't wait to hear how she does! I'm very very impressed! Would she let you tell us how old she is so we could really feel terrible about our lack of activity???

Slime さんのコメント...

Ganbatte Y!

I'm w/ you fuka-chan, I went to the Tokyo marathon last year. BOOOOOORNG! Altho seeing all the funny costumes people were running in was pretty entertaining. And I'll just say now: Anyone who can run 42 km in a full ドラえもん costume, including the huge round head, totally ROCKS!