So....They say that people have one of possible two reactions to running a marathon. 1. I will never do this again because it is the stupidest thing I have ever done. OR they are Googling and or discussing with their running partners when the next race is. Obviously I had the later of the two options.
Now, I didn't go for a "regular" marathon the first time. I decided it would be a pretty awesome idea to run a half marathon the day before running a MARATHON NBD.
I enjoyed every step of the way, well that is probably a lie. I hated the last two or three miles of the 39.3 combined. I was REALLY HUNGRY.
Since Disney and Goofy's Challenge I have been struggling with goals. Disney is the best of the best when it comes to racing, it has everything you want and need in a race and it also comes with a hefty price tag. If I had to guess? Between the two years back to back I've run it, travel, lodging, etc...we are looking at....I would rather not say.
Let's just say you could be driving a new Kia without a car note.
Do I regret the bling hanging on my walls? Not a bit. Did I get a little selfish and rage-y this week when registration opened for 2015? Yes. I did a lot of "well I mean we could swing it, I could fly in for the races and leave" "and I don't race A LOT" "all of my friends will be there" blah blah blah. Right after I vowed to NOT run Disney so we could go home for Christmas. So it's obvious now to EVERYONE that I am a jerk and a self-serving one at that when it comes to running.
When I left Disney this year I said........No Goofy in 2015. I want a FAST marathon.
I meant it. I am glad B and my best friend helped me realign my thinking. Reminded of my goals and reminded me that in 2016 I will be turning 40 and I plan to rock Disney all over again with my marathon
greatness average showing.
So? I am knocking two birds out with one stone. We want a fall trip back home. (Along with Christmas). The Grand Rapids Marathon was kind enough to GIFT ME a spot. Guys? I feel SO lucky. We get to go home. I get to run with one of the best ladies I know. I get to see family and friends. I get to breathe the fall air and I get to do something I LOVE DOING. Blessed much?
What comes next? An Ultra. I am running Cowtown in March of 2015. Training will wind down in time to ramp up for Dopey in 2016 and I will ride off into the sunset. Maybe I will take up Zumba or something.
This isn't going to be an easy training cycle. Fall Marathons and Houston weather during the summer don't mix. I will be seeing a lot of 2 am alarm wake up's, I will be grumbling a lot about the heat, the time, the pain, the ......But in the end it will all be worth it.