Several months ago, Coach Pam suggested that I consider adding a full marathon to my race calendar.
At the time, she actually suggested that the Dopey Challenge (running 48.6 miles in 4 days) would be a great goal (sometimes I think there might be a bit more than Spark in Coach Pam’s water bottle… just sayin…), but registration for Dopey 2015 was full in like 5 nanoseconds.
I have been fully focused on my blackbelt test preparation since March. I’ve been biking and running too, but more in a maintenance mode than in real TRAINING mode.
Now, a month our from my blackbelt test, I’m looking forward to new goals and getting back into swim-bike-run training.
That is not AT ALL to say that my blackbelt test is a slam dunk – far from it – but aside from practice, I’m not sure what else I can do to prepare for it – it’s all such a big unknown mystery. Increasing my endurance is probably the best favor I can do myself in the next month.
So, what does one do when they need motivation to train for endurance?
BINGO! They sign up for a full marathon!
What do you mean, “normal people don’t do such things?”
Well, who wants to be normal anyhow?
And, of course, now I start pondering how on earth I will manage to finish a 26.2 mile run.
I remember how bad my feet hurt at the end of the Disney Princess Half Marathon.
And then I realize that I had all those same qualms and questions when I registered for the half marathon too.
And I also know that after I finish this marathon I’ll wonder how I could possibly do that after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles.
And the answer to all those questions is that I’ll figure it out along the way – one day, one run at a a time.
I’m very excited!!
And when I get scared, I will remind myself that my friend, Angel, ran Space Coast when she was 20 weeks pregnant. If she can do THAT, then I have absolutely NO excuses!!