I struggle with this and haven't been following the rules so I decided I am going to journal the next sixteen weeks until November 13, 2011 when I COMPLETE my first marathon.
Am I CRAZY? I started telling very close family and friends about a month ago and I have only had one person respond with, "Are you crazy?!" This isn't just some last minute fluke decision, yet one that has been on my mind for over ten years. I remember thinking about it during college.
This journey started back in early May when two other couple friends had showed interest when I mentioned the idea. The six of us were off and going (not really running yet) until we realized the "marathon" in Philly we signed up for was really only a "half." I decided that if I was going to fly somewhere far away, then it wasn't going to be for a half! After researching and talking to several people for the following couple of weeks, we discovered that the best first marathon based on the time frame we were thinking was in our very own back yard... The San Antonio Rock and Roll.
I started training then. See, I had been running four miles or so 2X a week for the last year, after finding my club's TREKING class but it was 100% on an indoor treadmill with fancy little fans blowing in my face less than ten inches away. I have never really been a runner and definitely not an outdoor runner. I had run ten or twelve miles once when I was nineteen and that year I was regularly running four to six miles a day... but that one year, thirteen years ago, in combination with the last year, is the full extent of my "running career."
I found a running plan and a partner, although she lives in Austin now.
My first major feat was to transition from indoor to outdoor running and I knew this would be a major task for me. Probably more mental than anything.
I journaled after my very first runs outdoors: (Week of May 16, 2011)
- There are a ton of dead animals on the street. Gorgeous red and blue birds mysteriously dead?!
- There is trash EVERYWHERE... it's crazy!
- I stared asking myself questions during my first four mile run.
- Do real runners run on the sidewalk or ONLY on the street. Especially if the "bike lane" is only 10 inches across like on Huebner.
- How can a street I have driven two thousand times in six years develop hills overnight?