NO, THATS NOT A TYPO.
I HAVE WILLINGLY SIGNED UP TO RUN OVER 26 MILES.
theres a joke among runners that half marathoners are only "half crazy". im officially completely insane.
Back in may i submitted a video the map my run/ map my fitness #RunDiaries contest. I WON! i won a sweet pair of under armour running shoes as well as free admission to any race id like. i thought about it and decided this was the perfect opportunity to register for my first marathon.
so i looked on the internet to see when there even was a marathon i could get to. i knew there wouldnt be one down here till winter because its too hot, so i figured mass might. since i go there often it would be perfect because i could do hair for a couple days to make some money, see my family, and run a race.
unfortunately mass didnt have a full marathon coming up until october. but there are two in new york the last weekend of september. my options were yonkers and hamptons. Originally i wanted yonkers because its a shorter drive, but i went with the hamptons marathon because the course is less hilly. Its not that im afraid of hills, but i live in florida so i dont have many to train on, and i dont want my first marathon to be a complete failure because i wasnt prepared.
i will be running 26.2 miles on September 27th in the Hamptons, New York. YIKES!!!
The minute i hit "send" button, letting the people at map my fitness know which race i would be doing, i cried. by now you should know im a baby and shit like this brings me to tears. i am not sure what i was crying for. i was partially proud. partially scared. partially worried about the commitment to training i just made. i think my biggest emotion is disbelief. i never in a million years thought id run a mile, never mind a marathon.
today i got the confirmation email letting me know i am officially registered. so this is REAL. holy crap.
i typically race alone. i like to be in my "zone". however, when i finished my first half, i was kinda wishing i had let my family come and meet me at the finish. knowing i would be so close to massachusetts made me feel like i couldnt do this alone. i knew i would be sad running my first MARATHON alone with my family only 3 hours away.
i have also been manifesting a girls trip for my sister, mom, and i each day when i do my affirmations and focus on my goals. this seemed like the perfect opportunity for the girls trip, so i invited my mom and sister. Neither of them have ever been to new york. so im making this a trip not only for me, but for them.
the day before the race were going to drive up and stay in the hamptons, close to the start line that night. on saturday i will race and after the race were going to drive to NYC and spend the night there. ill take my mom and sister to times square and we will have dinner in the city. Its going to be amazing. they will experience my first marathon with me, i will experience their first new york trip with them. im especially excited for my sister, who hasnt been away from her children in the 6 (almost 7 years by then) that theyve been alive. not that she wants to be away from them, but every mom needs a break for more than a few hours here and there. i am SO excited.
normally i go into races with the intention of never walking. i ran every step of my half marathons. However, this will be different. my trainer has suggested i walk/sprint. she says some of the fastest marathoners do that. its more realistic, can give you a better time, and less chance of injury. i will not be racing for time, i am going into this with the goal of finishing. ill use that time to determine what i want my time to be in my next marathon and to come up with a plan of action to get fast enough to qualify to run the Boston Marathon someday!! :-D