Welcome to the obsessive side of me. The side that gets an idea and sticks to it until it’s complete – even if it’s not perfect. The side that ran a marathon a year after starting to run. So what if we didn’t hit our goal time? The side that picked a complicated sweater to knit after years of only making scarves and hats. So what if it ended up being two sizes too small? The side that has slowly been chipping away at student loans since I realized they were growing (thanks, interest!). Because this time, I exceeded my goal.
There are very few things in my life that I am addicted to. Even the typical “American addictions” don’t usually show up in my day-to-day life. I enjoy Netflix, but haven’t truly binged on anything since The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came out. I like sweets, but can’t eat them often because of the way I feel later in the day. I can’t drink caffeine, so my (decaf) coffee consumption limits the joy I get from a coffee shop visit. On the other hand, I’m mildly obsessed with trying new foods – especially “healthy” ones. I also really enjoy finding local beers.
In January of 2014, I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon with my dad. I say run very loosely. We probably ran for about half the marathon. Then walked, then walked slowly, then kind of leaned forward and hoped that our legs would move up to catch ourselves. And catch us they did. Just one year prior to the marathon, neither of us had run more than a mile or so. But we trained for it, we ran some half marathons, and we accomplished our goal. Here are some of the lessons that came out of that experience: 1) Don’t