So I am running a marathon on November 20th. This much I have said.
But I haven’t really talked about how I came to the decision to run a marathon in the first place, let alone the decision to run the Philadelphia Marathon.
The truth is, I have always wanted to run a marathon. I grew up playing sports that involved running, and a marathon seemed like a great bucket-list type goal that I would accomplish as an adult.
Then this summer, I suddenly realized that I am an adult. When did that happen? I don’t know exactly, but I figured that if I don’t start accomplishing some goals, I may never even get started.
Still, a marathon is a huge goal that takes months and months of training. So, late this summer I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon with the intention of switching my registration to the half marathon. This way I could train for a while and see how I felt, but I knew that the half marathon would be the smart race to choose.
But then the half marathon filled up, before I ever got the chance to switch my registration. Oops. So, suddenly, I was running a full marathon.
It took me a while to even tell anyone about this development. I guess I was scared to say it out loud, because acknowledging it meant that I might fail.
The way I am feeling about my training progress is a whole different issue, one that I will address in another post, but for now I am at least committed to finishing this race. No matter what.
In the mean time, the race website has made it very easy for me to see exactly how many more days I have
to freak out until the big day:
That is very soon. Very. Soon.
It’s crazy that I have spent the past several months training for one day. That seems like quite a gamble, and there are so many factors that are out of control. Like the weather. It was rainy on my run this morning (5.75 miles, average pace of 9:05), and I realized that I could end up running a whole marathon in the rain. Or in the snow.
That would be fun. Or maybe not.
So now that I have gotten myself freaked out about weather, I will leave you for the day. Stay dry out there.