One of the things that I have long prided myself on is that if I decide I want to do something, I can often make it happen - within reason, of course. That mentality is really how I got into running with The Bear run on Grandfather Mountain and more recently my three running goals. Over Thanksgiving, I was talking with my brothers and mentioned in passing that I had thought about trying to train myself to dunk a basketball on a 10 foot basket. One of them immediately said he thought I wouldn't be able to do it so, naturally, I started thinking right then about how I could really make it happen. The other was a bit more optimistic and then they began talking about wagering on my ability to be able to do it at some point.
For reference, I haven't played basketball since I was on a rec team for a couple weeks back when I was maybe 6. In middle school gym, I'm pretty sure my all time scoring amounted to less than 10 baskets. Suffice to say, the pessimism in my potential to dunking ability isn't entirely unfounded. By the same token, before I decided to run The Bear (it's a 5 mile race), I don't think I had ever run more than a mile or two at a time. It is also worth mentioning that I'm about as stubborn as they come. So I started researching a training program for dunking and my findings have been very encouraging. Mainly, there's a lot of form, plyometrics, and strengthening I need to do, but I am pretty confident that I can make this happen. I'd like to find a basketball hoop to embarrass myself on and figure out just how far I need to go before I set a time frame on this, but I will certainly keep this blog abreast of my progress.
My post on the things that I don't understand how people who run can live without is still coming! I wound up with a lot of podcast editing to do today and I didn't want to shortchange the upcoming list so keep an eye out. If you're into Star Wars, bad puns, and pop culture criticism, you might like The What Else Sucks podcast. I'd love to hear thoughts either way though.