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Decisions, decisions, decisions ...

So I've been discussing fitness programs with C. Being the goal oriented person that I am, I have decided that I want to set up some specific goals for my training.

Here are the options:

a) Training for the Marine's 10k that will take place in October; or
b) Training for my first figure competition, which would not take place until next year.

Pros and cons:

Marine's 10k

PROS

  • It would happen this year.

  • I can train to win or I can train to finish. I may do the latter, as I am not much of a runner as it is.

  • It is the kind of event that you do with a bunch of people, and you get everyone cheering, and just finishing is a wonderful accomplishment. Especially for someone like myself, who has never been much of a runner in the first place.

  • I can run a lot longer these days than I used to. I may yet learn to love it.

  • It sounds like a blast.

    CONS

  • Did I mention that I am not much of a runner? I don't hate it like I used to, and I can actually jog for a lot longer than I used to before throwing in the towel, but it's still not something that I really, really love. (Of course, that may change with practice.)

    Figure Competition

    PROS

  • The training. I love it. Give me something to lift, and I'm there. I can always find time for the gym or make up a workout at home, even if it is just running up and down the stairs.

  • It is in my bucket list, and I am not getting any younger.

  • I know I can do it.

    CONS

  • It requires more time and commitment than what I am doing right now.

  • The dieting may get in the way of my social life. On the other hand, if my friends and family get onboard with me and understand what I am doing, and the fact that I can't always eat what everyone else is eating, this may not be such a big issue.

  • It is not a group event, like a marathon. No screaming crowds. No brotherhood/sisterhood of the track. It's only me, in a teeny weeny bikini, strutting about on 4 inch high-heels (hopefully graciously) in front of a bunch of judges.

  • And speaking of walking graciously on high heels, I have all the grace and poise of a professional wrestler. Even on my wedding day I looked like I was about to body slam somebody. And that was while wearing a strapless wedding gown, veil and tiara. Boy, this is going to take some work.

  • Did I mention spray tanning?

    At any rate, I know that I won't commit to this one unless I am determined to win, which I am.

    Hmmmm ... too much to think about.

    Belfebe out
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    Comments

    ( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
    isenglass
    Mar. 17th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
    Which running event? There's a 10 miler that I know of, but that wouldn't be a marathon.
    belfebe
    Mar. 17th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
    It's the Marine's 10k. You are right, not really called a marathon. It happens in October here in DC. Very popular and sounds like a lot of fun.
    isenglass
    Mar. 17th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
    Go for it! 10ks are short and fun. 6.2 miles should take around an hour.
    belfebe
    Mar. 17th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
    Yeah! Sounds like a lot of fun! Right now it's a matter of deciding which one I want to do, since the training for either is very different.
    chargirlgenius
    Mar. 17th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
    Are you taking opinions?
    belfebe
    Mar. 17th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
    Mainly sharing my thoughts. The real deal is what do I really want to do in terms of enjoyment and commitment. I am more inclined to the figure comp, which is more up my alley, but the 10k sounds like lots of fun :-)
    chargirlgenius
    Mar. 17th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
    I've never been much of a runner either (boobs of DOOM), but I'm starting to love it! Know where you're coming from there. :-)
    belfebe
    Mar. 18th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
    Oh, yeah. It is quite tempting. I wish I could do both, but the type of training I need for either is very different. Ahhhh, decisions.
    jaine_parr
    Mar. 17th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
    Figure competitors don't strut much. You stand, you pose, you turn, but there isn't a lot of strutting involved.
    belfebe
    Mar. 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
    Thank goodness. The thought of walking gracefully in high heels is more daunting to me than the actual training! :-D
    greta_k
    Mar. 18th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
    I could never understand why you have to wear such high heels for figure competitions. I realize you want to show the muscles taunt and all, but 4" heels just aren't healthy for the feet :-/

    Good luck with which ever one you choose to do.
    belfebe
    Mar. 18th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
    That's because they give you marks not only on the shape of your muscles, but on proportion, presentation, poise, etc. It's the whole package. High heels are not required, but they do sell the package. ;-)
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