When I first decided to do Twelve in Twelve for this year's New Year's Resolution I figured I would run a few 5k's, some 10k's, and maybe a half-marathon. Never did the idea of running a marathon cross my mind or seem like something I could do. However, after completing the Heartland 39.3 challenge, it hit me...if I can do something that I previously viewed as impossible...I could probably take on this challenge as well.
So here it is...today marks the first day of marathon training. For the next 16 weeks I will be working towards running my first (and probably only) marathon. To say I am nervous is the understatement of the century. I have waves of confidence where I am SURE I can run 26.2 miles and then I have those days where running 4 miles is a struggle...but deep down I know that if I fully commit to my training I CAN do this! Not only can I do this...I really WANT to do this.
I will be 30 in October and I can't imagine a better present to myself than the feeling of accomplishment when I cross that finish line after running 26.2 miles! I know this sounds crazy to some...and yes it kind of is. Running 26.2 miles is not really a "present" that most people want...but honestly, if I am ever going to do this now is the time. It fits perfectly with my New Year's Resolution AND it is right before my 30th birthday...how cool is that?
Along with my marathon training I will be posting each Monday (hence Marathon Mondays) and just kind of share my thoughts, feelings, etc. After running my marathon I want to be able to look back at the "journey" and see how far I have come. I'm not sure exactly how I will come up with 16 weeks worth of things to talk about...but I will do my best :)
So there you have it...my public commitment to running 26.2 miles for fun...and you know me, once I say I am going to do something absolutely nothing will get in the way of me accomplishing it :)
**I haven't decided which marathon I will be running yet (which will change my training schedule slightly) but it will either be the Kansas City Marathon on October 18th or the Prairie Fire Marathon in Wichita on October 12th.