I am the last person in this conversation that would ever admit I could run a marathon. A half marathon is an ordeal in itself, so double that? Yeah, right! I know other people do it all the time, and FAST, but not me. Never me. But then something changed. I'm not sure if it was my awesome 10 miles I ran last year when the idea first popped into my head, or the constant badgering of Marci, but since January all I've been able to think about is running a marathon.
I think it began when I started pondering the next big thing I was going to try and accomplish. I absolutely loved training and participating in the TriRock Triathlon last September in San Diego, but after looking at our calendars, Marci and I saw that the timing this year wouldn't work out for us. So then what? Run another half marathon? I've run three half marathons, and while they were gratifying each in their own ways (and incredibly humbling), I wasn't sure if that was the goal I wanted to accomplish this year. So that pretty much left one thing to do:
Run A Marathon
Once I committed to the idea to run a marathon, much to Marci's eternal joy, we then started having many conversations about when we'd want to run this, and where. We finally decided on the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando on January 10, 2016. I have family in Florida that we can stay with and we thought running through all the Disney parks would be a great distraction to the pain, I mean joy, of running 26.2 miles.
I've pretty much had a hysterical voice in my head laughing nonstop since signing up (not sure if that's a sign to seek professional help or not). I can't believe I'm doing this!
My official training plan begins in August so there will be lots of posts about the journey starting this fall. I know I will have good days and bad days and days I'll feel unstoppable and days I'll want to quit. But I won't. Signing up is an official agreement, an unbreakable vow if you will, that, come what may, I will be crossing the finish line in January.
"Its not always about the results, its about the commitment to the effort." - Daley Thompson, British Decathlete
Running a marathon is going to be so much more than just running THAT 26.2 miles. Its about the training and nutrition and sleep and encouragement leading up to the event. The marathon will just be the icing on the cake at that point. Mmmm, cake.