Last week, Lily wrote this newsletter intro about the energy unleashed when she signed up for a marathon, essentially making a promise to herself. Things snowballed. By the end of the week, we had all agreed that the Utah Valley Marathon (almost all downhill!) looked pretty great, and Lily and some friends, plus Paul, maybe Monica, Catherine for the half, and I all got on board to join her. There are 57 replies on the thread in our Slack channel—and we have a notoriously quiet Slack life at Chairman Mom. Looks like we may have to take a company-wide vacation day on June 6 of 2020. 

Would you like to join us? I’ve started a thread to discuss.

I understand that a bonding activity around something so fitness-based could come across as ableist, and that’s not my intention. I understand we are all lucky to have the option to put ourselves through 26 miles of effort, and I know it’s not possible for a lot of folks. And I also understand that a lot of folks don’t have the vacation time or funds to do something like this. 

But, for many of us, there’s a reason marathons are a bucket list item. They are both unimaginable feats of endurance, but also doable for most people if you train. 

If you are interested but not a great runner, trust me when I say that this will be more about “Holy sh*t, we made it!” than showing off. There are half marathon and 10k options on this same course, and a lot of us will probably walk part of it. 

For me, this is about pushing myself out of my emotional comfort zone, along with my physical one. I didn’t run for most of my life because my body is simply not built for it. I constantly got bullied in high school for how poorly I ran and never did it again until a few years ago when I decided to take it on.

I am so proud of the runner I’ve become. We tell ourselves so many stories (and lies) about what we can and can’t do, and to break through one in my 40s felt amazing. But I am incredibly slow still and never run with people for that reason. I have asthma, and am lucky to run anything under an 11-minute mile. Seriously, I run about 15 miles a week regularly, and yet I get in the red zone at Orange Theory Fitness if I run an 11-minute mile. The fastest I’ve ever run in a sprint is still in the 9-mile range. My lungs and body are not built for speed, but my mental game is definitely built for endurance. 

Come join us or come share tips on marathon running!

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