So I did it, I registered for a marathon. When I hit the submit registration my palms were sweaty, I felt like throwing up, and I was extremely excited all at the same time.
Coming into 2016 I had a goal to run a marathon and I had an idea of what I wanted to do. I didn’t tell anyone but my goal was to run the Chicago marathon for St.Jude. I have a special place in my heart for St.Jude and I wanted to be able to run for a purpose. On the same day I posted my goal on Instagram my beautiful little cousin Nikki got engaged. You are probably wondering why that is relevant. Well I’m the Matron of Honor, her wedding is the last weekend of October and her bachelorette party(in Las Vegas) is the first weekend of October. The Chicago marathon is the second weekend of October. In no way did I want my running to interfere with her wedding …and let’s be honest, running a marathon a week after being in Vegas is just not a smart decision. So I had to change my plan and I still plan to fund raise for St.Jude but not in one of their sponsored races. Timing just didn’t work out this year.
I started looking at other marathons. I narrowed it down to Detroit on October 16th or Marquette on September 3rd. I drove my husband insane talking about it and going back and forth with pros and cons for each. Here are the reasons I chose Marquette:
- It’s on Labor day weekend- which gives us another day to recover.
- I will not be training during my cousin’s bachelorette party or wedding.
- The course looks amazing and I got great feedback from IG friends who have done it before.
- My husband said he would do it too if I did Marquette.
- My husband’s family lives in Marquette and graciously said they would watch our kiddos while we did the race! (THIS PRETTY MUCH SEALED THE DEAL) . Since it is the last weekend of the summer I didn’t want to leave my babies at home.
So I’m going to run a marathon. I really cannot believe I’m going to do this. I still can’t believe I’ve ran two half marathons with a third coming up in May. I’m not the fastest, I’m not trying to qualify for Boston, I’m just trying to push myself to do something WAY out of my comfort zone. I don’t have a goal time in mind, I just want to cross that finish line. I’m scared of training and I’m scared of the pain- but I’m telling that little voice in my head to shut up and I’m going to put my big girl pants on and try to kick some butt this summer!
I have so many questions and research to do on marathon running. I need to learn how to fuel better during long runs. I currently don’t wear a fuel belt or camel back for hydration. I also don’t use any GU’s because I have silly stomach issues. I need to be a smarter runner on my long runs if I’m going to do this.
So I’m asking for suggestions and help! What advice would you give to a first timer?