I’M OFFICIALLY RUNNING MY FIRST FULL MARATHON!
Last year I made my 2015 resolution to run my first half marathon. I signed up for the Rock ‘N’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon with my mom and definitely caught the runner bug. Running gives me such a sense of accomplishment and clarity it’s addicting. I’m constantly craving more which is why the challenge of running a full marathon is so alluring.
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series did such an incredible job organizing the race last year which is a huge reason why I decided to make my first full marathon experience with this organization. Fellow runners know come race day it’s so important for things to be as stress free as possible.
Running a marathon is a HUGE deal, honestly this is probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever decided to do. I contemplated doing my first full marathon in San Diego just to make things easy, but THIS IS A HUGE DEAL! And who knows if I’ll ever be crazy enough to run another marathon or if I’ll even survive this first one? To make running my first marathon as special as possible I chose to do it in Seattle.
I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle. The beer, the culture, the food, the lights…did I mention the beer? And what better of an excuse to finally make it up north than to run a marathon? The Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon is June 18th giving me plenty of time to prepare both physically and mentally.
I realize that running a full marathon is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. Goodbye social life and hello hours of training, stretching, icing and mentally preparing. I thrive off challenging myself and lets be honest I much prefer a relaxing night in to a wild night of partying these days anyway so changing my lifestyle won’t be much of an issue.
No joke, I’m 25 going on 85 and get drunk off of 1/2 a glass of wine haha.
As much as I love a good challenge I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I’m scared to death of running 26.2 miles. When I registered I had butterflies in my stomach just entering my in my information much less actually lining up on the starting line! I really don’t think the human body is meant to run that much. The longest I’ve ever ran is a half marathon which is 13.1 miles and I’m dead after that.
This is going to push me both mentally and physically to new levels and I cannot wait to pursue this dream of finishing a full marathon in 2016!
Marathon runners, PLEASE give me some helpful advice!!!