Today on my 5 mile walk I was thinking about why I crave the marathon distance? What made me do a marathon in the first place? My parents didn’t start brainwashing me as a newborn to want to be a runner like I am doing to Brooke, so why did I sign up for that first marathon and why am I already thinking about the ones I want to do in a few months?
In high school I always said it was one of my goals to run a marathon but I actually don’t think I thought I would really do it but instead just said it so that people would think I was cool (I needed all the help I could get). Once I got into college I would go out for longer runs but never really knew how far I was going because I didn’t have a garmin. I went to school at BYU Hawaii and ran a few times a week for the summer and when I got back my aunt (who has probably done close to a trillion races) convinced me to run a half marathon with her. (Picture from after a marathon, back in the day I didn’t take a million pictures and so I don’t have one from my first race). (PPS my cutest cousin on the right is getting married on THURSDAY!!!)
After that half marathon I wanted to die. I had no idea why anyone in their right mind would even think about doubling the distance and paying money to do it. I was sore for 4 months I think.
I met Billy and we would go running together every now and then and he really encouraged me to get more into the sport. He bought me my first Garmin, winter running clothes and some sweet shoes for my birthday. I did some sprint tri’s and shorter races but the marathon still didn’t cross my mind.
It wasn’t until my bf Megan and I were working out one day at the gym that I decided to run a marathon. She told me she was running the SLC marathon and convinced me to do it with her. I went home, paid the money and had my aunt put a training plan together for me. I did every run except for one on a treadmill because the only time I could run with the job I had at that time was when it was dark outside. The marathon came, I hit the wall hard but when I finished I knew I wanted to do another and did one 7 weeks later (the Utah Valley Marathon).
The Utah Valley Marathon actually ran right in front of my house at mile 25…..I was just a little tempted to go inside to get a ding dong and collapse on the couch.
I want to focus on 1/2 marathons for the next year to help me to get speedy again so that I can break that sub 3 marathon but that doesn’t mean I won’t sign up for at least 1 or 2 marathons because those are my absolute favorite.
In non-running news, I have mastered making Billy’s bfast egg sandwich and lunch with just one hand. Brooke is especially fun in the mornings and I do not like putting her down.
What made you sign up for your first races? Did you ever think that you would do crazy running distances?
What is something that you have done with your running (a time, workout, race etc) that you never thought you would be able to do?
Who in your family runs?
Do you have any races that are super close to where you live or do you have to travel for most of your races?