Well readers, I have gone and done it. I’ve signed up to run
my first marathon. As some of you may know from previous posts, I’m a runner,
but the farthest I have gone-once, a year and a half ago-was a half marathon. I
remember that day clearly. I had no sleep the night before, woke up numerous
times, stood at the starting line feeling woozy and thinking, “This will never
happened.” And it did. I made it.
So here I am again, only this time I’m going to double my
mileage. The race is in February; it is an annual event here in Huntington
Beach, formerly known as the Pacific Coast Marathon but now called the Surf
City Marathon. This time around I live
in the same town so I won’t have to wake up to run after sleeping in a hotel
bed the night before.
To say I’m nervous is not even to tell you half of it. I
want to say I don’t know if I can run 26.2 miles, but I know that if I do not
think positively I will not be able to do it. You can do what you think you can
do. Running is almost all mental anyway. Your body will do just about whatever
you train it to do; it’s your mind that strays and falters. When running a
race, it’s important to prepare not only your legs but your mind as well.
I’ll keep you posted on my marathon training progress, and
if any of you are embarking on a marathon journey, please share! I’d love to
correspond with others who are as crazy as I, and I’d love to hear your success
stories when you cross that finish line.