I SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST MARATHON!
Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon
September 22, 2012
(more about that later)
Isn't the first step of recovery admitting you have a problem? What if the addiction isn't a bad problem? What if the addiction is a good one? Well, I think I'm officially addicted to running races, and I'm thinking any recovery isn't necessary. The side bar over there-----------> keeps growing as I find myself being more and more thrilled with signing up and running races. My husband wishes I would sign up for races that are a little more far away so that we can actually go somewhere and have a vacation. So, that is one of the reasons for the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon in July. When I started running and training in December of 2010 I had no idea I would love running in races so much. In fact my friend Jody invited me to run a 5K with her in March of 2011 and I remember thinking and even saying out loud to her "Why would people spend so much money running races when you can just do it for free on your own?" I just didn't get it then, but boy am I ever eating my words now.
Running of the Leopards 5K in Salt Lake City-March 2011
My very first 5K-30:40
Utah Valley Half Marathon-June 2011-2:38:02
Speaking of full marathons....I have been seeing this particular race advertised on Facebook for a few weeks now and it's been speaking to my soul. I've been wanting to run a marathon for some time now but have just felt like the biggest chicken. After my Draper Trails running experiences and being encouraged by a few running friends I decided to go ahead and sign up. That was the HARDEST submit button I ever pushed on the computer. I have exactly 16 weeks to train and prepare which is perfect and so now with week one almost done I'm feeling excited and trying not to get too nervous as I look ahead at some of the longer runs on the schedule. I've been told to just go into this marathon with the plan to finish and without any expectations on a specific time. Then there won't be any disappointments. I know that will be hard to do because as of now I just want to take my average half marathon time and double it but I've been told it doesn't quite work that way. So finishing a marathon is the goal for now. Marathon #2 will be the one I set a time for. If you have any marathon training tips or words of advice please feel free to gush them now.