Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What's Next??

It's been 3 days now since the completion of the 2009 Walt Disney World Half-Marathon, and I'm still enjoying the post-race high. Now that I'm back home in chilly Massachusetts, it's fun to re-live the experience by sharing all the stories, pictures, and souvenirs with friends and family. I'll post more on the actual race and the week in general in a future post. The question I want to answer now is, "What's next?"

Jonathan announced some big news about his "What's Next." John Corigliano (sp?) announced his "What's Next." Rae, Deb, Chris, & Matt have all shared with my their plans for their "What's Next."

So what's next for me?? The short answer is...something. I don't have any specific plans for another race, but I know there will be one.

Before this past weekend I saw the Disney Half-Marathon as a finish line. An end goal to a long journey of self-betterment. But something changed during my week in "The World." I saw an amazing cross section of people challenging themselves to be better. Some were slim and fast, others were Pooh sized and slow moving. Some were young, some were old. Some were agile, others were dealing with injury. But everyone was doing it...and I was doing it!! Every time I crossed a mile marker along the way, I really felt a little euphoria at knowing that I was getting closer and closer to a goal I had been working toward for over a year, and when I crossed the finish line and saw all the other Team Voice members who had finished, I felt a true high. Now...I want more. I want that feeling again, and what's stopping me from getting it?? Nothing!! The line at the end of the half-marathon wasn't a finish line...it was starting line.

Like I said, I don't have any immediate plans for another race, but I'm going to continue to train and continue to move towards a healthier me...and with Team Voice pushing me along through cyber space, there is nothing that can stop me.


Matt said...

What a great way of looking at things! You should definately keep training and try to find another race to do. Perhaps another half marathon and plus your time, or do a full marathon. What ever you chose, you can do it!

You mentioned to me Saturday night that you were going back to the World in October. When exactly? Will it be around the Race for the Taste or the Tower of Terror 13k? I'm seriously considering trying one of these races. Maybe if you're down there during one of those, you could do that.

It was great meeting you in person and Congrats on finishing!

Chris said...

A starting line indeed! What a great trip, had a great time meeting y'all, running with y'all, and celebrating with y'all! (not to mention the nice dinner at Le Cellier that someone invited me in on.... ;-)).

I know it's early on, but I'd love to meet up with you again down in Narragansett for the 10 mile Blessing of the Fleet race! If you don't want to run, come down and cheer, I'll need it! Maybe have a victory beer after... Looking forward to what's next!

DisHippy said...

Just wanted to pop in to say great job Basil! Congrats on the marathon.

MikeF. said...

Well put my friend. You did great at the half! It was a blast meeting you and Bill. I hope to see you down there again next Jan.

Rae! said...

It was great meeting you!!! And Bill.
Whatever you choose to do, and when we are all here.
I had a blast and it is cold here in South Florida it is 56 right now!!! brrr....... hahaha
Keep me posted !!!!

Princess Fee said...

Congratulations on completing the marathon!!! I was here cheering you all on - and I knew that everyone in Team Voice would do it, and do it amazingly too!
Let us know when you decide 'What's Next' - but I'm sure you deserve a little break after completing such a worthy achievement!

Jeff said...

"I saw an amazing cross section of people challenging themselves to be better"

Yes and isn't that amazing!?!

I feel, that difference is a large part of what has helped all of us keep going. We all bring something to the team.

Look into future area runs and I'm sure that somewhere along the line I will be putting up some virtual team events again this year.

It was wonderful to meet you.

Joggerblogger said...

:-) well done - sounds like you had a great time - keep it up and put some miles down for me ;-)