I have been running off and on since college. I have run three half marathons and dozens of shorter distances over the last few years. I have dreamed about doing a marathon but have never signed up for one… until now.
To celebrate turning 35 in 2015, I signed up for a marathon in January 2016. Yes, I am running 26.2 for the first time at 35. I don’t know why but this seems significant to me. I want to prove to myself that I can do this.
Last week I received an email from PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Arizona with the lowest price for next years event. The marathon was $80. I debated and doubted myself all week. Can I do it? What if I fail? Am I able to run more than 13.1 miles?
I posted a few thoughts on Facebook and two people from my running group said they were thinking about doing the marathon as well. They gave me the push I needed to sign up; that was the encouragement I needed. I did it. I signed up for a marathon. I know with the support of my running group I will be able to get through the training and conquer 26.2 miles. They helped me break 2:30 in the half and set a new PR 9 minutes faster than my previous PR. They are amazing, supportive people.
I figured since I was starting the blog back up for my possible celiac diagnosis that I will also start writing about running and my attempts to complete 26.2. The celiac disease and training will go hand in hand; if I have celiac disease I will need to relearn how to eat to run. It is going to be hard and will require complete dedication. It will also be an emotional undertaking as well and I know crossing that finish line will be the greatest feeling in the world.
What is one thing that scared you but became your greatest accomplishment?