The crazy idea I thought of this week tops all of the ones that I have had before. I will begin with the somewhat crazy idea, I want to tattoo all of the major races that I have done or will do on my arm somewhere. So I would put NYC Marathon 13 on my left bicep, I also want to compete in the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb. I would then "These legs climbed Mt. Washington" kind of like this bumper sticker. Enough about my weird ideas concerning tattoos.
While I worked out this week I have been thinking about going the extreme marathon route. What exactly is an extreme marathon? Click Here to get an idea, and yes that is the extreme marathon I have in mind. I have many reasons for this. First and foremost, diabetes, I want to prove that although I may have diabetes I can complete extreme sporting events. I almost lost my life because I didn't take care of my diabetes, that thought is in my mind everyday. I know to many that have lost the battle against diabetes, I hear about the negative side of diabetes more than I hear the great things people do with diabetes. This may sound selfish but I want to complete an ultra marathon so people say "Did you hear about this guy with diabetes that ran almost 200 miles in seven days?!?!" I also know that may never happen, I may compete an ultra marathon and only a small group of people will know but at the end of the day I'm competing in any race for those that have diabetes, I never compete for myself. The second reason I want to run in an ultra marathon is because I love pain!! Yes, I'm weird, I'm well aware of that. For those of you that are immature like me, I don't mean whips and stuff like that. (I don't know why I feel I had to write that but I hope it got a laugh or two) What I really like is being pushed to the limit physically and mentally. Running a marathon is one of the toughest mental challenges I have ever had in my life and I loved it. I love the heat, I love running or biking when it's 90 and the humidity is at 90%. I'm not normal, I love the pain from working out, I love it all!! I love doing all of this and having my blood sugar be below 200, I love doing what people say I can't!!!
The thought of an extreme marathon might be just a dream but with my track record I feel that this dream may become true. With this dream however I might be on my own, Leanne has already shaken her head and wants no part of me being in an extreme marathon. At the end of the day family may win, the pain that she would have for seven days would be to much, not to mention putting my parents and her parents through the same torture. Time will tell and I will continue to push my body to extremes, if that leads me to The Badwater Ultramarathon then I will sit down with the ones I love and form a plan of attack. I have this article on my desk and have a new goal set!! I wouldn't bet against me!!!