I have this crazy little idea that just won’t go away.
Yep, that’s right. I am strongly considering running the Richmond Marathon on November 16th. It is apparently “America’s friendliest marathon” and I know if I’m running 26.2 miles, I will need lots of friendly faces. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’ve already started looking at training plans and working the idea around in my head. The general reaction from friends has been “go for it.”
To be honest, while I really want to do it, I’m also simultaneously terrified at the idea of running for that long. I’m scared that I won’t be able to finish the race. I’m afraid I won’t be motivated enough to stick to the training. I’m just scared. I know intellectually, I can do it. I don’t know why I am having such a hard time just clicking the “register” button. A major mental hurdle for me is imagining how I will do a 20 mile training run on my own. I just can’t fathom it and that fact has me stuck right now. I just read this NY Times article about a runner who didn’t run further than 16 miles before her marathon and it made me realize that if I can run 13.1 miles (which I can), I can probably run 16. If I can run 16 miles, I can run 20. If I can run 20, I can run 26.2. I just have to commit to the training and not let my fear control me.
Have you run a marathon? What was your first one and how’d it go?
Update: I DID IT. I’m officially registered for the Richmond Marathon! HERE WE GO!