I’m training for a marathon.
There, I said it.
Dr. Wonderful cleared me for a half in June, but said that if I’m doing well and feel up to it, I can run a full this fall.
I’ve been reluctant to say the words out loud, since I’m injury prone and September is many, many miles away.
But, why not commit? After all, I printed the Hal Higdon half marathon training plan and scratched off the first week’s runs today after running a 6-miler with my friend Janet.
It was this run that gave me the confidence to make the call on my plan. I was hydrated, not remotely overheating and even brought fuel, so I certainly wasn’t delirious.
Running with a buddy is the bestest, as time flies and we were done by the time my mind realized I was running longer than I have in months. I felt like I could run forever.
This was also the first week in a while when I ran four times, so the next couple of days will be telling in just how willing my body is in going along with this plan to run the full 26.2 miles. A distance I have repeatedly said I probably would never tackle.
I should have known to never say never, as I also said I had no interest in running a half. Or in running, for that matter.
What I do know now is that I will certainly do everything I can to stay healthy. To put in the miles on the plan. And to tell you all about it.
Have you run a full marathon? Any tips for this first timer? Why did you decide to run your first full?