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What’s on Kristen’s Fitness Bucket List?

This half marathon finish line picture means I can cross at least one of these off my list!

We’re talking fitness bucket lists—you know, the stuff we want to do before we die—for this edition of Question of the Week! Yeah, it’s a little morbid, but it’s fun to share the stuff we really, really want to do!

I love lists. I think I might’ve mentioned that a time or two. But, it’s true, and bears repeating; I love putting something down on paper (or, you know, the computer) and being able to cross it off in some way. (Heck, that’s why I started a Life List a couple of years ago. Lists make me happy!)

Aside from making me happy, lists also motivate me, so I’m happy to say that I’ve crossed a few items off my fitness bucket list already. But I still have a lot of big dreams!

Kristen’s Fitness Bucket List

1. Run a half marathon. I’ve completed two, and sadly, I hated both of them. Despite vowing to never, ever put myself through that fresh hell again, I’m toying with the idea of trying it again. What’s the definition of insanity again?

2. Learn to stand up paddle board. I actually have tried this, but I was positively terrible at it, so I don’t count that as “learning” to do it. It’s such an amazing workout and I love being on the water, so I’d really like to be able to say, “Yes, I can stand up paddle board. Let’s do it!”

3. Race in California and Hawaii. I don’t feel the need to do a race of some sort in every state, but I’d really like to do a race in California (maybe a run through wine country) and, possibly, a triathlon in Hawaii. Not Kona. Obviously. But I love the idea of planning a trip to Hawaii around a race.

4. Swim a long-distance open-water race. I’ve been in plenty of open water swims in triathlons, and I did a one-mile open water swim earlier this year, but I’d like to take that up a notch and maybe swim a 5K somewhere really cool, like Key West. You know, providing they have people making sure the swimmers don’t get attacked by sharks—because that does not appeal.

5. Complete a half-Ironman. Oh, this is such a big one, but I can’t help but really, really want to get a 70.3 under my (hydration) belt! I know for a fact that I can complete each distance, but putting it all together is scary. Especially considering how tough I’ve found half marathons on their own. I know that the training will be a huge commitment, but I also know the payoff would be enormous. Now, I just need to pull the trigger and make it happen. That’s what I did with the Olympic distance, so why stop there?

What’s not on the list? Like Erin, I have no desire to do a marathon. No way, uh uh. And that means a full Ironman is out of the question (although I would definitely consider doing the swim portion on a relay team). A good friend just returned from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and her experience both has me intrigued and terrified, so is that on the list? I’m just not sure. But otherwise, I’m pretty open to ideas!

What about you? Do you think any of these are crazy—or not crazy enough? And who wants to go to Hawaii with me? —Kristen


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