April 26, 2012



There have been many times during our training runs that I have quoted this guy:



I generally start our runs with the Forrest voice saying, “I WAS RUN-NING!”.  It always makes me laugh.


Marathon training has been fun, tough, hilarious, tiring and a tremendous time commitment, but it has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had.  To even think that we started 4 1/2 months ago looking at our schedule and thinking, “What in the heck are we doing?” all the way to right now currently en route to Nashville to run 26.2. 


I know people do this sort of thing everyday, but to me, today, it is a big deal.  I’m ready to take these legs for a spin and see what they can do!


Things I’ve learned while training:


1.  Runs are never fun in the morning. 


However they are a lot cooler than afternoon runs and make cat naps a lot more appropriate after work.


2.  My body didn’t so much change, but my mindset was definitely transformed.



Endurance running is so much more of a mental competition!  Embrace it and you will feel like you can do anything, anywhere, anytime.   It is so empowering.

--Please excuse the glazed over looks in many of the pictures above.  Most of them were taken at 4am – you get the picture.


3.  Having a running partner is so much better than running solo.  They know exactly what you are feeling, are there to push you when you need it (and vice versa) and it is safer (that one’s for you mom). 

It helps if they aren’t bad to look at either Winking smile.



I’m so excited that Mike and I get to experience this accomplishment together!


4.  Celebrate each and every milestone.  They all count!




5.  Above all – HAVE FUNIf it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. 


See you in Nashville!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hope you and Mike have fun with your first "full share." You become part of the 1%. You are right; training is hard and running the race is going to be hard but the hard is what makes it great! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. (Yeah, that's from a League of Their Own, not verbatim but still a good quote.) Remember, have fun, smile and thank the volunteers.

    On a side note, check out a race belt at the expo - your bib goes on the belt and then you don't have to pin up your shirt. Just sayin' - I love mine. Mostly because I hate putting holes in my nice technical running shirts.

    Good luck -
    Mike McDermid