I was trying to think back to see how far I’ve come in this whole world of “running” since I started wanting to run a 5K. I found this entry in my archives where I mention going 2.25 miles and running about a third of that. Meaning I wasn’t even able to walk/run a 5K when I first started. I was able to run less than half-of-a-mile and walk less than three. DAMN, I’m in such better shape now.
I mentioned in that entry wanting to run the Big Spring Jam 5k. Just a few days after I read Pamie’s account of her marathon and started thinking, Hmm…Pamie makes it sound like I might be able to run a marathon…. I think that was the day I consider starting my marathon training. Once you start thinking you could do it? You start trying.
I figure that I’ve run over 40 miles since that point. I’ve not been as diligent to the program as I should be. I’ve been doing a combination of the half-marathon and full marathon because I wasn’t really sure what I was training for and didn’t really think I’d make it past the five mile mark. Hell, I still haven’t gotten brave enough to register for any of the races I want to run. I ran 10 miles last Sunday and am still doubting if I can run a half-marathon on the 11th.
So, I’m going to lay it out here: And you all have to hold me accountable. And if you live near any of these events, I’ll pay you a dollar to come cheer me on.
November 11th – Huntsville Half-Marathon EEK! This is the race I’m scared to register for because my current long-distance pace has me finishing in almost 3 hours, which would put me 2nd-from-last compared to last years times.
November 18th – Dam Bridge 10K I’m actually not too worried about that one, which makes me smile because who would have thought I’d get to the point where a 10K was considered “easy”.
November 23rd – Turkey Day 5 mile in New Orleans. I’m not too worried about that one either. Look at me all cocky and shit.
December 10th – Tucson Half-Marathon. I’m really excited (and terrified) about this one because they encourage walkers so I’m fairly certain I won’t come in last!
February 25th – Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans. HOLY SHIT I SAID THAT OUT LOUD.
So – there it is: Countdown to Marathon. Damn.