Some reactions to my decision to run this marathon

These are some reactions from a few of my friends and family after I told them of my plan:

My sister on her Facebook status "Pigs are flying in the sky" 

Another comment: "This is a sign of the Apocalypse"

When I told a coworker/friend: "You're going to lose."

Another two friends: "You would go all the way to Kenya."

When I told another friend: "You're going to lose."

When I told yet another guy friend: "Oh no."

And seriously, a third guy: "You're going to lose."

My conversation with a girlfriend on the phone:
Me: "Hey, I have something to tell you. You know how you're Miss Jock and you love to run and be at the gym?"

S.: "Yeah, yeah, I know, I won't make you come to the gym with me."   -SIDE NOTE, a couple of years ago she tried to set me up on a date with her trainer.  It was our first (only) fight. 

Me: "No, no, it's not that. I'm actually going to run a marath-"

S.: "Wait? What? You're going to run? Did you say run? I don't think I heard you."

Me: "Yes, but wait, let me tell you-"

S.: "You're going to run? What for?"

Me: "I'm going to run a marathon in Kenya fo-"

S.: "You're running a marathon in Virginia?! OMG are you serious? When? You have to start training now. I'll go run with you sometime this week. Why Virginia?"

It was the longest announcement of my week.

And finally when I told my dad a few minutes ago on the phone. All in Spanish, btw.

Me: "Hi dad, I have something very important to tell you. I'm going to run a marathon in Kenya.  The cause is for sending the Maasai girls to school..." I continue into detail "... and I was thinking I was going to train for the full marathon but I guess I'll do the half..."

His response, "No, no, no, you can do the full. I ran in university..." NEWS TO ME! "... look, you are fit, and start slow, do one kilometre, rest, next time do a little more, and by September you will be able to do the full marathon.  Just don't do a lot right now, build up to it. Also, you're little and light, it should be easy for you.  So, how's your sister?" 
Photo by Sarah Edson via http://www.amazingmaasaiultra.org/

All 3 times I heard "You're going to lose" was said in a straight face and that one makes me laugh a lot.
I have have a circle of beautiful friends and family that are so supportive and funny.  So many have called and messaged me with tips and words of encouragement.  Maybe I don't fully understand the seriousness of running a marathon, I think I'm in the Ignorance is Bliss part of my journey.

Have you ever run a marathon? If so, what made you want to run it? How was your first marathon?

Oh, and one more thing, I will only lose if I don't go.

Hugs, kisses and running shoes,
Rocio Ildemaro

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous25/2/13

    When your running for charity no one loses.


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