“I want to settle a disagreement. So I’m running up a mountain”
So, I’m currently training for the World’s Toughest Half Marathon – 21km straight up
Mount Wellington in Tasmania. “Oh, I never knew Carrie was a marathon runner?” I hear you say.
I am not. Far from it! I a m a wo man who hates being told she might not be able to do something. So when a friend recently joked that there is no way I’d be able to make it up to the top, I signed up the next day. The problem with being wired this way is you agree to do things before having the skills to complete the task.
Like when I decided to put on a big concert with Ed Sheeran to launch my Carries Beanies 4 Brain Cancer foundation… only I didn’t know Ed Sheeran. I asked – or should I say harassed – my music contacts to help me achieve my dream, but it was pretty much showtime and I still wasn’t confident he’d be there. (Spoiler alert: he showed up, of course, because he is awesome and he smashed it out of the park, like I intend to do up this little mountain.) I think part of my motivation to lug my sorry arse up the hill is to settle a disagreement. Last year while I was preparing to give birth to my third child, my partner Chris was training to run his first marathon. (Allow me to e m p h as i se,o nce again ,t hat we are not marathon runners.)
Whether it was an early midlife crisis or a way of avoiding his grumpy pregnant partner and the housework for hours a week, I am not 100 per cent certain exactly what his motivation was, but he sure was determined. Midway through training he declared that perhaps running a marathon is harder than giving birth.
Now, Chris is not an idiot. He knew what he was doing, poking the swollen, sore, short-tempered bear. “How ridiculous!” I declared, and immediately hooked him up to a labour simulator and watched his conviction dissolve before my eyes.
But as I stood on the sideline at the 20-kilometre mark of his marathon (he still had half the run to go) watching his lifeless chafed body shuffle past me, I genuinely wondered whether he might be right.
It looked horrendous.
Given he can’t ever know the pain, sorry, joy of giving birth, I guess I will have to be the one to test that theory. Although I am only doing half a marathon, it is straight up a mountain, so I think it’s an even playing field.
“I am a woman who hates being told she might not be able to do something”
I also know how fortunate I am to have a healthy, working body, and I want to put that body to the test. So along with 20 close friends and family (also non-marathon runners), we are going to spend the next three months doing hill training. I don’t know what you have planned for your next three months, but doesn’t hill training sound fun?
Oh, and I have booked the afterparty (minus Ed Sheeran), so I simply have to make it up the hill…
Carrie co-hosts The Project, 6.30pm weeknights on Network 10, and Carrie & Tommy, 3pm weekdays on the Hit Network. If you’d like to get behind Carrie’s marathon, visit carriesbeanies4braincancer.com.