Everybody gets nervous. If you do big things, you’ll have nervous excitement at the very least and full-on terror at the worst. It’s that bumping up against the boundaries of life that causes the reaction.
This weekend I’ll be running the Seattle Rock-N-Roll Half-Marathon. This is one big step toward the marathon that has been sitting on my bucket list since long before I even knew what a bucket list was.
The original intent was to write a post after the half-marathon to report on my progress and how I weathered this event. I haven’t written a ton about my training these last 8 months even though it has been a big part of my life, and I think a lot of that had to do with being nervous about the outcome.
Then I chanced on a quote from Lady Gaga of all people and it just somehow clicked:
“When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl,” she says. “Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today.’ “
~ Lady Gaga in Rolling Stone
I’m a big fan of “kick-ass” kind of statements like this, and they really motivate me to act the way I want to be instead of how I might be feeling at the moment.
How am I going to walk the walk today?
I’m going to publish this post before I run the race and include my intentions instead of writing it after the race and stating the outcome. And I’m going to tell you my time goal as well as publish my progress online via GPS while I’m running for anyone to see.
Borrowing from Lady Gaga, “Bitch, you’re Betsy Talbot, you get up and run that half-marathon today.”
Today I declare that I will finish the half-marathon in 3 hours (my predicted time on the registration form is 3:40). If you want to follow my progress you can do so by following my Twitter feed, where my GPS will auto-post my progress at each mile. I’ll update this post after the race with my actual results.
And if you’re interested in the course, you can follow along below. (If you are reading through a feed, you can access the video here.
If you had to follow Lady Gaga’s quote, what walk would you be walking today?
UPDATE: Official race time 3:08:20. Great pics from the race coming up in the next post.