i’ve been on a get my butt in gear and get fit kick lately. i’ve drunk the crossfit koolaid and i’m addicted. i’ve taken up running – even managed to enjoy it a time or two. i finished the c25k program a few months ago and have kept on going. and i’ve been working on an overhaul of the foods i put into my body. this week i’m starting a 30 day paleo challenge – i’m pretty sure this isn’t the last you’ll hear about it.
since i took up this venture into fitness i’ve lost more than a few pounds. 53.1 to be exact. i picked up a 24 kilogram kettlebell the other day (which is almost 53lbs) and was shocked at how heavy it was. and that i carried that much extra weight around on my body. it made a pretty good impression on me and, while i would like to lose more weight, it is no longer a focus for me.
which leaves me in need of a new goal. i’ve found what i think is a pretty good challenge.
i’m not thinking full marathon. i’m leaning way more towards the half – i believe that’s the proper term for a 1/2 marathon. 13.1 miles to be run on christmas morning. a bit of a christmas miracle. and then a whole different opportunity presented itself.
the annapurna 100 this one is to be run/walked/jogged on new year’s day. on the annapurna trail. in nepal. this race comes in 50k, 70km and 100km versions – version 50k (31 miles) seems a good fit for me. there are logistics to work out. money, flights, arrangements at home, etc, but it might fall in the category of opportunity not to be passed up.
it’s not decided which one i’ll do. i’m planning on training for the half. since that’s most sensible. but i’m still considering the annapurna race as a viable option. official registration doesn’t happen until december 31. of course, plans will need to be in the works well before then. i do find the idea of new year’s day in nepal very exciting and a not too unattractive way to usher in 41 – which i will have turned 2 days before the race.