7.05.2008

{Gulp ...}

No, I am not talking about a 32oz drink from McDonald's nor any other food/beverage establishment.

I have a very official {and frightening} announcement to make:

Without telling anyone (I am actually posting this before I tell my parents and family) ... I applied for a head cross country coaching job for a division III school in North Carolina, and after multiple "secret" phone interviews ... I've been hired.

I fly out in 17 days!

Just kidding. :)

Uhm ... The real story: I am ... planning on running my first marathon in September.

This is the first summer in four years that I will actually be able to train {as much as I love EFY, it never allowed me enough time to prepare for the grueling 26.2 miles} and the year before that I was recovering from a stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and IT-band syndrome. And all years before that: I was either running for Utah State or my high school team and a marathon just didn't "fit" into my schedule.

So ... I figure if I broadcast this news to the great world wide web {read as: the people who know me and actually read this website}, I can be reminded that a. I am really going to run this dang thing and b. I should really train for it {unlike the half marathon I ran last August with absolutely zero training, yet surprisingly enough, was my favorite race ever}.

And for those who like photos better than words ...

Here I am, not running a marathon in high school.

Annnnnd, here we have ...


me not running a marathon while running with Utah State. :)

Top of Utah Marathon*Saturday, September 20, 2008*6:55am*Goal: under four hours*

P.S. If you actually believed that North Carolina thing ... I'll give you a golden star! :) Annnnd, if this post mysteriously disappears, that means I no longer want to run the marathon and I will not recall ever posting this. Got it? :)

18 comments:

Toni said...

Ooh! Congratulations and good luck! I don't believe you've never ran one before ...that just seems like something you should do ...so good job for doing it! You'll do great!

Rhonda said...

I got so excited/nervous for you thinking you were going to NC!...in just 17 days! But alas you are not, but, you are running a marathon! Holy moly, Mindy. That is my worst nightmare- running a marathon...sounds miserable. BUT I am excited for you and wish you much luck as you train these next few months. I just KNOW you can do it! Go get 'em!!

Barbara said...

Hey! I've been thinking about running a marathon as well, but I would really REALLY suck! :) Good for you though, I know you will do great. If I ever get up the nerve to do one I will make sure to ask you for advise!

Di said...

Good luck on the training! Sounds like a lot of work to me. I love the new blog layout.

Krystal said...

A - I love that we now have the same blog layout (I have invited you to my blog, did you get the e-mail? if not, my e-mail is missplott@gmail.com let me know)

B - I can TOTALLY see you coaching a cross country team (but I see you coming to SL, not NC).

C- GOOD LUCK! I think you'll do fabulous!

Haley said...

Oh Mindy, Mindy... what a mean trick to play! But I'm right there with ya! Hopefully I'll see ya in September because I'm planning on doing the TOU, too! In answer to your question, Elder Cutler gets home on July 15th, which is approximately 10 days from now. (Who's counting?) Best of luck on training!

Bailey Family said...

Mindy! You are so cute! Thanks for all the fun comments on my blog. I am so happy to see that you were just as excited as I was to have our little boy. You are so sweet! He seriously is such a blessing and so much fun. Thanks so much for caring so much about our life! That is so awesome that you want to run a marathon. I am way proud of you!!! GOod luck training and I cant wait to hear how it goes. My goal is going to be to run a 5K. I hope I can even make that! By the way I love your new car! I want it:)

Alison said...

Mindy!! I am an excellent marathon route cheerleader, as I've done it many times watching my aunt run many of her 11 or 12 marathons...

So if you need a good cheerleader, let me know!!!

P.S. I can always use an excuse as to why I need to visit Logan!

Natelli Johnston said...

yeah Mindy! good for you! you are one funny chica!

Brandon and Erica said...

whoa. So..obviously I haven't been to your blog for awhile. Because I was just catching up on all of the old posts, and I LOVE YOUR NEW CAR!

All catching ups aside: I seriously believed the NC thing. And I was about to write that you would be a great coach, and you'll probably become famous. But, the marathon is believable too.

Brandon and I just ran the Freedom Festival 5K, and I remember specifically saying, "how could anyone want to run a marathon?!?"
But, you simply amaze me.

3.2 miles was quite enough for my gluteous maximus.

BreAna Palmer said...

congrats on doing the marathon. I wish I had it in me to do womething like that. Let me know how the training is going for you.

Allred Mom said...

Okay! I'm a gullible one! My first thought..."This is great, a new bit of scenery for Mindy! Plus, she loves running, what a great new job for her!" Oh, well! Anyway, good luck with the marathon training and the marathon itself! Be prepared for losing your toenails! :)

Jeremy & Marie said...

You are so brave, way to go!

Matt and Avree said...

I bet you'll do awesome! Just stick to your training schedule and you can't go wrong!

jill said...

Good luck Mind!!!!

Our Little Fam said...

I believed the north carolina thing, do I get a gold star? oh and congrats on getting ready for the marathon. I did that one last year, I loved it until the last six miles, but I am kind of wanting to do it again.

Kim & Jen said...

I am replying here because the post above would be completely inappropriate and this one is just not in context to my reply. Heh. Chuck/Ed is from Gossip Girl, the Greatest Show Ever. DVD of the first season comes out in August and you should buy it. And love it.

Kim & Jen said...

Oh also, more appropriately: MARATHON! Good for you! I really liked my first one and it wasn't that bad. Definitely very challenging but not like, this superhuman feat of athleticism. I would say that walking the day after the marathon was more difficult than the actual run itsself... For real. Plan not on moving much for the following week. We're running Philly in November and then Boston and New York next year. And then London. If our knees don't give out.

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