Official marathon training season has begun! I'm a bundle of excitement and nerves and to be perfectly honest, I'm flat out scared. Right now I'm 18 weeks out and I'm following my training schedule faithfully...so far. I've been running religiously for the past couple of years, but it's time to pick up the mileage.
Why run the marathon?? Because I'm insane. Not really, I actually love running. It became my saving grace when we moved to Chicago. After we moved, I was way out of my comfort zone with plenty of time on my hands while Jason studied. Running occupied my time and it kept me happy during hard times. I slowly started building up my mileage and ran a few shorter races. After the first 5K I was hooked! It just grew from there, and now here I am about to face the ultimate challenge in running. I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I find joy and accomplishment in pushing myself to the end of what I think is possible...and then going further. It's a discipline which I love. And did I mention the "runner's high"? It's awesome.
Why am I blogging about my training? Just like anything else in life, it's the journey, not the destination. I will run 26.2 miles during the marathon, but I will spend hundreds of miles training for the darn thing. I want to write about it because I am like every other person out there. It does not take any special talents or athletic ability to do this. Believe me. I see people of all shapes and sizes out there running. The people you would least expect to run are usually running circles around me. Well at least they always pass me and wave. I don't have a good running form and I'm horribly clumsy. There are days when my knees, ankles, shoulders, teeth, and hair all hurt, but the point, my friends, is the effort. So my main focus in blogging about the training is to encourage all of you to push yourselves. Get out there and find something you love to do. I know that all of you are busy with work and family, but it is important to your health and well-being to devote the time.
In conclusion to this entirely too long posting, expect more about training and the funny mishaps that always happen to me during a run. It should be interesting.