Monday, July 15, 2013

26.2

Ever since hitting my goal at the Big Cottonwood Canyon half marathon in May, I have been considering running a full marathon. I've gone back and forth on the decision. It's something that I definitely want to do -- yet I keep taking myself out of it. The truth is, it scares me. A marathon is 26.2 miles. TWENTY-SIX POINT TWO! That is a long way to run. The furthest I have ever run at one time is 13.5 miles. But it's not just the actual race that scares me -- it's also the training. Marathon training plans include long runs of 20+ miles. Am I even capable of something so physically demanding? The whole thing is very daunting.

But here's the thing -- I really WANT to do it. And deep down, I am positive that I can.

Well today I found the inspiration I needed to stop doubting myself.  I read the story of this awesome lady.


Annette was diagnosed with MS three years ago.  A year ago, she decided to set a unique and awe inspiring goal for herself -- to run 366 marathons in 365 days!  Holy cow!  Well, day 365 was a couple of days ago, and she did it.  I cannot even comprehend how this is humanly possible -- especially while dealing with a physically debilitating illness.  She has totally inspired me.  If she can accomplish this incredible feat, there is no excuse for me to procrastinate this goal of mine.

So that's it.  I've decided.  On September 14, 2013 I will run the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon.  And by the way, I'm still scared.  But I'm also excited.  Wish me luck!!

2 comments:

Eliza said...

You can definitely do it!

mary elizabeth said...

i am so proud of you vince! i know you can do this, you are already rocking your training!!! love you!!!