So this is happening….after running for 4.5 years, I have finally committed to training for a FULL marathon. I can’t quite figure out how I feel about this. I should be feeling excited and I when I registered for the race, which happened to be right after I finished half marathon #8. I was feeling great about myself, flying high, ready to register for just about anything, EVEN a full marathon.
Of course, reality has come crashing back and I am wondering what the heck I did!
FULL MARATHON = 26.2 MILES
That’s a lot of miles.
Here is where I am stuck. I will pick a training plan, execute the training plan, and I 100% know I will finish 26.2 miles on race day. Doing eight half marathons has taught me that much (and more)- I finish what I start and I am no longer scared of the distance.
Will I enjoy it?
It’s only been the last few half marathons that I have truly enjoyed going 13.1 miles. I am beginning to LOVE this distance. Many of my runner friends who have done countless marathons, including my husband, claim the half as their favorite distance. Yeah, they will train for full marathon races and do them and proudly proclaim their status as marathoners, but the majority of them say *13.1 is where it’s at*. So why do they keep training and doing the 26.2 if they don’t enjoy it? To me, that is way too much time, effort, discipline and sacrifice to make NOT to enjoy it.
I may only have one marathon in this body of mine and I want to enjoy it. Luckily, this marathon race isn’t until February 2015 so I have plenty of time to figure this out.
In the meantime, anyone have some tips on how I can enjoy my first (maybe only) 26.2?