Monday, December 10, 2012

What's next?

With the Singapore Marathon thankfully in the rearview mirror it’s time to look ahead to what is next to keep me motivated to get out and run.

Our time in Singapore is coming to an end and Andrea, Anna and I are excited about moving back home to Texas. We have been thinking about what it is we want to do before we leave Southeast Asia.

I told Andrea a while back I wanted to hike to the top of Mount Kinabalu – the highest peak in the region – on my birthday. She said, “Go for it.” My plan was to hike alone because it is hard to stay on pace with another person. But then I started thinking about the times Jakeb and I have trekked and it just so happens he will be out of school then. I called and asked him if he was interested and didn’t have to convince him at all.

On May 9th-14th Jakeb has finals at Texas Tech. On May 15th he gets on a plane to Singapore. He gets to Singapore on May 17th at 12:20am. Then on May 18th he and I board a plane to Kinabalu in Borneo Malaysia. At 7:00am on May 19th (my 46th birthday) we will attempt to hike to the summit of Mount Kinabalu and back down in one day. Most tours require two days to climb to the summit. There are only four permits issued a day to do it in one. Then we fly back to Singapore on May 20th.

Jakeb will be worn out just from all of the travel. I will be worn out because I am getting old.

As if that were not enough we found out that the Sundown Marathon is on June 1st in Singapore. It starts like at 11:30 pm at night and you run to beat the sun - which is good because it is cooler. Jakeb pleaded with me to sign us up. So I did. Maybe I am foolish to think we can do both. I have been told already that I am. But what would we be if we didn't try - you have to try ...

I have plenty to train for. My goal is to train to go up. Then add enough miles to finish a marathon.

Afterwards it’s home to Texas! I can’t wait.