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English and a marathon

November 8, 2010

What do these two things have in common?  Well, they are part of a bet I made with my hubby the other day.  We were talking about how busy I am and the fact that I do not have time to exercise.  My lack of exercise means I am always tired and never feel really healthy or rested for.  According to my hubby I am on that vicious cycle where you are too tired to exercise and therefore can never reap the benefits of exercise.  For him adrenaline is almost as essential as food, water and shelter.  If he does not get at least 4 days of playing tennis for at least 3 hours each week, he is a grumpy wreck.  I am such a couch potato compared to him.  I would be happy enough to be able to drag myself out of bed at 5:50 am to take the dog for a walk.  In the ideal world I would be playing tennis with my husband and kids on the weekend and getting up at 5:30 every morning to run.  Yeah – that’s not gonna happen.  So in a related conversation we talk about ways in which we can set goals for ourselves.  I always talk about professional goals and he sticks to one theme – exercise.  What is the next mountain I can climb?  What is the time cut-off for swimming in the Para Olympics?  When can I do the Camino Santiado de Compostela?  You get the idea I’m sure!  So given all these factors, we decided that we needed to up the ante on the goals/challenges.  I suggested that he learn English (finally) and he countered with a marathon for me.  Hmmm… that means that for every hour that I train for a marathon, he would study English.  I was pretty leery about this at first as you can imagine thinking that I had gotten the short end of the stick until he said:  “Wait, what do you want more English or our house built?”  Duh – no brainer.  So after all that we called off the bet almost as soon as we had made it!

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