Oh my goodness. I can’t believe that. I pushed the button. I confirmed registration for a FULL 26.2 mile MARATHON. Up to now, the furthest I’ve run is 15 miles in one race, but now I have to complete 11.2 miles OVER that. OH.MY.GOSH. I never thought I would commit to that when I began running in 2010. And I never thought I’d commit to that when I began running again after my C-Section with Thing 4. Even after my first half marathon in 2012, I never thought I’d do that!! Then, like so many others in the running world, when the Boston Marathon bombings happened, something changed. Overnight, I went from saying, “no, never”, to, “I will not let those guys defeat me.” I then decided that I wanted to run a marathon. Now, I say, JUST ONCE. I guess time will tell on that part.
So, since I fatefully pressed the button on Monday night, I’ve been sort of one-track-minded. Monday into Tuesday, I didn’t sleep very well. It took me over an hour to fall asleep, and I woke 5 times, finally at 5:10 deciding to get up and go for a run. Last night was a little better, I only woke once (which is not unusual) and then again at 5 am deciding to get up and go for a walk (I’d run Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday).
Yesterday I decided that I need to make sure I’m in tip-top (for me) shape before I start training, so Monday, I have a Dr. appointment to discuss my hip (which has hurt on and off for a while now), and just check me out in general. I’ve decided to run or walk every day in October to work on getting my mileage back up after my knee injury in August.
I have a little over 200 days to get myself in marathon condition. My goal is to finish. No time goal. I’ll be pleased if I come in under 5:30, but if not, I’m okay with that too. I just want to finish, alive, and healthy. This will be my motto for the next 8 months.
I will do this, despite the fear and doubts. I will do it with focus and determination, training and support from my friends and family. And, I will survive.
What will you do that puts you outside of your comfort zone? If you’ve run a marathon, what is your best advice to me? If you haven’t run one, would you? Do you think I’m crazy (because I do)?