So I have just signed up for the Surf City Marathon on February 1st 2009. That sounds far away, but it is only about 14 weeks away – just 14 long runs until 26.2 miles! What was I thinking?! Well, I was thinking that it is time to bite the bullet and just go for it. I have been wanting to run a full marathon for a long time now. I have been thinking about it and struggling with, “Which one should I choose?”, “How much training time do I need?”, “What else is going on in my life that will affect my training?”. Well, there is always something going on with me, there is always a road trip coming up,or a long run that has to be rescheduled or something else outside of my control that makes me second guess committing to a race. That is life.
I want to run a full marathon just to prove to myself that I can do it, so I signed up. There. Now the decision has been made and I have to get my training on track. This is scary and exciting at the same time! Ah! It is even scarier that I am announcing it here to all of you. I can’t back down or change my mind. That’s a lot of pressure. But, my goal is to finish, even if I crawl across the finish line I just want to complete it.
So, now Run, Eat, Repeat is getting even more exciting (really, was it exciting before?)! I am documenting my training and nutrition to prepare me for a Full Marathon in February. How I train and what I put into my body have never been more important. I am asking a lot of my body. It is very hard on your body to run those long runs and extremely hard to run 26.2 miles. So, how I treat myself is of utmost importance for the next 14 weeks. I am still committed to losing 17 pounds, which would seem easier since my runs are going to get longer. But, I also need to make sure I am properly fueled while trying to cut calories. This is a very delicate balance, but I am up for the challenge. Hey, if I can run 26 miles I should be able to eat healthy right?