Thursday, June 7, 2018

Signing Up For My First Marathon

Well, I did it! I signed up for my first marathon, because if I don't do it now I never will. A marathon is one of those things I never thought I'd ever do, but then again I never thought I'd start running and actually like it, so we surprise ourselves everyday. I've been mulling around the thought of completing a marathon for the last two years now, and each time I tell myself, "I want to get a sub 2 hour half marathon first, then I'll start upping my mileage and training for a marathon". Well, I got a sub 2 hour half a few months ago, so that old excuse won't work anymore!

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I talked to someone I follow on Instagram about a month ago; she has done 30 some odd marathons and I wanted to know how she did it. She said that she was so nervous for her first one that she chose one in northern California among the Redwood trees, and that way if she never wanted to run one again she would have that one wonderful memory. However, she ended up loving it and decided to run a marathon in every state. I don't think I will go that far (pun totally intended), or have the cash for that right now. Regardless, I'm ready to start somewhere.

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As much as I was planning to try a destination marathon, too many things came into play. First and foremost, I am not sure how my body will feel after the race and why pay to be stuck in a hotel room sleeping for the next 24 hours and not touring a new city? Second, one of the best, if not the best Texas marathon is right here in my city. Third, I used to volunteer for this race when I began running 3 years ago. Each year I co-captained the mile 8 mega station with Justyna. It was so inspirational and we had so much fun together doing it, so why not make my first full where I got started truly loving this sport? Also after talking with Jess about her experience with this one, the answer was pretty clear.

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On January 19th, two days after my birthday, I will be running the Chevron Houston Marathon. I'm nervous, excited, and eager to see what I am truly capable of. It's going to be a long road (there it is with those puns again!) but I'm going to train my butt off and try my absolute hardest. Thanks to everyone for their training advice and advice about what to expect. It's a great way to begin my journey, and I can't wait to see how it changes me for the better. Also, since I love Robin Williams what better way to end a blog than with a Robin running meme? 😋

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What was your first marathon? 

2 comments:

  1. solid choice! I had flown before without issue so figured I could do a destination race for my first marathon, but flying before a vacation and before a race are two very different experiences. Turned out my body wasn't even close to 100% for the race and it sucked big time

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    1. Thanks! I'm starting to realize that there is much more to the destination marathons than signing up and flying over. I ran a destination half marathon a few years ago and that was okay, but a marathon is a completely different beast. Maybe one day...

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