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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  1. Katie H. says:

    I just paddleboarded for the first time last week, and had a BLAST! Of course, once I found my balance, I didn’t move my feet for the next hour.

  2. John Cena says:

    That is really cool Kristen. My wife and I completed a half marathon a few months again. We both lost weight and all our friends and family were really impressed. It was a great accomplishment for us.

    An open water race might be up next!

  3. Kelsy says:

    I LOVE this bucket list. I’m new to NYC and decided to run the NYC marathon (and blog about it!: http://www.dontstopleftfootrightfoot.blogspot.com/)for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Slowly knocking them off the bucket list, one by one!

  4. Sarah says:

    I’m beginning to train for a 2013 70.3 Ironman (I feel more beast now that it’s not just called a “Half-Ironman” because that would only make me half of a beast athlete. I did my first relay tri (first tri experience ever) last weekend and the open water is a completely different experience than a pool. I think training should include someone swimming in front of you, making the water choppy, forcing you to both ingest water and keep swimming. To me, this is just something to get through. I think after the swim, you just have to keep moving forward.
    But I definitely echo your sentiments on the half-marathon. I’ve done two lifetime, and both were when I was not in peak condition. The first was the most memorable because over the course of the race, I spilled my hydrapak water on myself (something I think only I may be capa, thought I lost my keys as a result, realized five miles later that they were, in fact, in my hydrapak–just in another pocket, and quit feeling pain around the same point in the race. I guess my best advice to anyone (including myself) regarding the run is to just keep moving forward. Eventually (if you don’t get lost or take longer than the time limit) you will finish. It never always will get worse. Over the course of that distance, you can bank on moving for 6-9 hours. Give reprieve when needed, but keep progressing. I wish you all the best on all of your endeavors! God bless! 🙂