I know several of you were shocked I was running a marathon since I never actually blogged about it. I think I casually mentioned it in an entry about cheese or something…you know…because those two things are similar in weight. My love of cheese and my first real marathon.
First – if you’ll recall – I did run a marathon in 2007. I had trained for two half-marathons relatively well in 2007, (never ran the entire 13.1, but did okay) but after those I kinda stopped my training completely. But we had already made plans for the marathon so I went through with it. And I walked the majority of it. It took me almost 8 hours.
So…I prefer to pretend I’ve never run a marathon, because I haven’t. Not really.
Second – let me tell you how ANYTHING happens in my running group. Someone posts a message on our Facebook group about a race, several of us talk ourselves into it. That’s how it was with the Oak Barrel Half Marathon and the McKay Hollow 25K. And as soon as McKay was over (that was my trail race) some people started posting about nearby trail races. One was a trail half-marathon in May. I spent some time thinking about it, roped in another running friend by proposing a doable training schedule and BAM! We were signed up for A Trail Marathon on May 19th. EEK. There’s a few of us doing it and it’s going to be AWESOME.
Of course…um…that’s not all. While I’ve not signed up for these races since their registration isn’t open, I’ve also verbally committed to running the Dizzy 50s 50K (30 miles!) trail run in November AND the Rocket City Marathon in December. We’ve kinda mapped out our summer based on those future events.
Oh, and, um…one more thing. Just yesterday I, um, signed up for another marathon in October. You see…my Dad had a favorite bridge! It’s in Chattanooga and it’s a walking bridge across the TN River and it’s LOVELY. So, of course I had to sign up for the 7 bridges marathon! IT’S FOR MY DAD! (Yes. I’m totally playing the dead dad card.) I had no choice!
So…basically over the rest of the year I’m doing THREE marathons and one 50K. And a few miscellaneous half-marathons I’ll incorporate into my training. Which means I am officially STUPID CRAZY. Mostly because the one I signed up for yesterday? I didn’t even consult my running group. I just DID it. Because I have that much confidence now, enough that signing up for a marathon? Is not a big deal. Which is crazy because I’ve not even run one yet! I should not be this confident.
Oh well! No big deal…right? Just marathons…26.2 miles of running…NO BIG DEAL.
2012 – The Year Kim Lost Her Mind.