Sunday, March 23, 2014
We are finally starting to see some sun and good weather here in Norway and things are starting to really look up. I started running again in earnest 8 days ago and am finally moving past that awful sore feeling where you don't know if you will ever be able to move normally again and moving into that feeling when a good run really improves your day. Yippee!
Aside from overall health and well being, one of the reasons I am compelled to be running for real is that my husband has convinced me to run in the Råskinnet run again this year. Some of you may remember this crazy race I have run in the past. It is the first Saturday in May this year and in Norway that could mean rain, sleet, snow or sunshine...one can never be sure! It is a run through the forest just north of Oslo. Even if the day is sunny and nice, the forest will be wet and muddy and treacherous. The lake (that we have to run into) may have ice on it and may not but it will for sure be cold. The cliffs that we have to scale will be wet and slippery...the hills will be steep and never-ending and the river we have to cross with be swift but at least you get a rope to hang on to! It is a very "special" race (insane)...for very "special" people (crazy) that makes a person feel amazingly accomplished if they are able to complete it (sore, bloody and completely drained). I signed up for it one year by accident and didn't really know what I was in for until, basically, right before it started (naive). It isn't one of those races where they set up obstacles for you...real nature IS the obstacle! The course is changed every year so no one can practice...although I am not sure why any one would want to. I have a pair of socks that will never look clean after running the Råskinnet no matter how many times I wash them. I keep them as sort of a trophy (oddity).
I think you get the idea. I don't really want to run it again. I have done it twice. I KNOW what I am in for. Here is the thing though. Patrick really wants to do it. He hates it and loves it. He feels compelled to do it. He HAS to. (crazy) I needed a little convicting but here is what I have come up with. Two years ago I was laid up physically and it was impossible for me to do it. This past year I felt that "life" was out to get me. Defeated, depressed and NOT feeling like I was able to fight the fight but rather like all I could do was survive. Now I am coming out on the other side of that. I am fighting. I am trying things. I will not only survive this time in my life but I will thrive in it! Sooooooo why not? I'm gonna do it! I will get all up in that run. Super people do it. (crazy people) The ones who win it are those Nordic skiers you all see on TV who are in amazing shape and have tremendous endurance the rest of us are just muddy, sweaty, wet warriors. Trying something. Willing to go into the freezing water for the cause (insanity), taking a deep breath and going strait into the waist deep mud to prove to ourselves that we are not afraid (not old yet), inspired to finish the thing as sticks whip us in the face and mud clings to our underwear (lost in the woods if we don't finish)...yes, the rest of us are just ordinary people who get to be warriors for just one day!
I AM a warrior (crazy)! I may be out of shape and a little beaten up after this past year but I am a fighter and I am NOT...DONE...YET! I'm gonna do this thing!
ps...I've linked this video before but if you haven't seen it here is a great video of the Råskinnet race the last time I ran it.