So guys. I’m running a marathon. 26.2 miles. 42 kilometers. Holy crap. It’s happening.
Okay I should probably explain a little – I didn’t just roll out of bed this morning and decide this craziness.
In April, Morganne asked me if I wanted to be her “cadet” as part of Saucony’s “26 Strong” campaign. Being the incredible runner and marathoner she is, Saucony approached Morganne to be a “coach” for 26 Strong – a campaign featuring 13 veteran marathoners (coaches) and 13 first-time marathon runners – that’s me!
I was so flattered when Morganne asked me to be on her team but I have to admit, I didn’t say yes right away. I was so nervous – could I do it?! Some days I like running more than others. Some days I don’t want to run. I added “run a marathon” to my “life to do list” ever since seeing the Boston Marathon for the first time but I hadn’t planned on running a marathon this year or next. Heck, I didn’t really have a plan… however, when this opportunity presented itself, I knew it was for a reason – and it was too good to pass up.
After discussing with Morganne, my parents and doing some thinking… I did say yes! (Gosh, it sounds like an engagement story… it’s not… I’m clearly very single).
I am excited/nervous/thankful/motivated but so happy that we are doing this together and running a freaking marathon! Yay Nutty Honey Runners :)
Morganne has put together a great training plan for us. It includes lots of running (I kinda freaked out seeing 20 miles on the calendar) but still time for CrossFit and rest. We will be training a lot this summer and then meeting for the first time (eek!) to run the St. Louis half-marathon together on October 19th – we are using this race as a training run. I couldn’t be more excited to finallyyyyy meet in person. Skype is nice and all but 3-dimensional is kinda nicer.
And then we will taper before heading down to Vegas (never been, woohoo!) to run the Las Vegas Marathon on November 16th. Cross your fingers for us – but mostly me, Morganne is a rockstar. EDITED JULY 2, 2014: CHANGE OF PLANS… WE ARE RUNNING THE HONOLULU MARATHON ON DECEMBER 14TH… READ MORE HERE So if all goes well, we will be crossing the finish line, popping a bottle of champagne (I’m serious), spending $10 at the Black Jack tables (also serious, that’s my gambling budget) and making a memory to last a lifetime. If all goes well, we will still be crossing the finish line, and still popping a bottle of champagne (or maybe an Island-inspired-drink), but instead of gambling I’m gonna hop on a surfboard (when I can feel my legs) with a coconut bra, grass skirt and then see a volcano. Yup, a pretty awesome change of plans if you ask me.
First and foremost, I am really excited. I am excited to be doing this with my friend, mentor and overall amazing human who I wished lived closer. I am also very excited that this race is supporting a charity that is dear to my heart. I am of course very thankful to have this opportunity – thank you Morganne for asking me! And thank you to Saucony for all the awesome support and an even bigger thank you to my family and friends for being so supportive of this endeavor.
I am extremely motivated to cross the finish line. I want to accomplish this. I am 100% committed to training and this race. But I am also nervous about the training. I am nervous how my body will hold up. I am confident I will train “smart” but I am nervous I might get injured. I am nervous about losing my muscular “gains”. I am nervous about how much time the training will take. And I am nervous about balancing CrossFit with running.
My training focus is on the “long runs” – to train my muscles and body to feel the distance and not freak out. I know I am in good shape – not in “marathon shape” but in good shape nonetheless. CrossFit makes my legs strong. Running everyday is just not good for me and my body. I know this and so does Morganne. Our training plan is really balanced and Sean (my CrossFit coach) is providing some great guidance.
I also need to figure out my fueling (during my runs). I’m thinking a few dates or raisins or even bee pollen for some energy – but chewing while running seems weird. Morganne suggested Pocket Fuel Naturals as they are a whole food fueling source – I will check them out.
So that’s my news :) I will not talk about marathon training 24/7 but I hope this can help you realize that you can do it. You can do whatever you think you can’t do. Just a year ago, I was barely running 3 miles. YOU.CAN.DO.IT. Believe it. Find your strong.
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