I have 13 days before the big event. Shoot, I should have started training sooner for this.
There are so many ways to waste money. One of the
biggest ways is to take me to a smorgasbord (yeah, that’s how you spell it). I enter into this world of diverse delectable delight and immediately become overwhelmed with all the possibilities. I know myself. I must prioritize. What looks the best? Because I must eat what I’m craving 1st. There is no guarantee that I’ll be around for seconds.
My problem? A small stomach. It is a hazard in smorgasbord eating environments. Oh the frustration! There are so many things I would love to dig into – but my stomach cannot expand beyond the 1st dish (one must save room for a bit of dessert), so I’m left with “big eyes small stomach” syndrome.
Not this time. Jason and I are joining his squad at a larger-than-life smorgasbord over in Lancaster County. I’ve never been there (we tend to avoid this type of restaurant due to my stomach hazard). It’s called Shady Maples (insert angel music here). I’m in trouble.
What can be done? The answer is not what I want to hear. I don’t know if I have it in me. It’s going to push my boundaries. I’ll be stretched beyond what I think I’ll be able to bear. I’ll have to dig deep.
I must stretch my stomach. Just like the hot dog eating contestants in a hot dog eating contest. It’s the small asian guy that wins. I may just discover a hidden talent. I’m not a runner. I’m not a badminton player. I don’t have large muscles. But, as I progress in training, what if I find out I can eat 53 hot dogs in 15 minutes? Do these guys make much money?
Stay focused Emily, stay focused. You are not training for the hot dog eating contest. You are training for the way too big smorgasbord over in Lancaster county in order to not waste $18 bucks and to enjoy more than one plate of dinner and one type of dessert. You are weak and tiny. You must eat each meal until you are miserable. Stretch that stomach out girl! It will take guts. Lots of guts to keep your resolve firm. You will find that you are a stronger person when everything is said and done.
I have friends who run marathons. I have family who have (and will again) run the Tough Mudder.
Me? I will eat many plates of food at a very large smorgasbord.