>M is for Marathon Training…or Maniac

>I had my sights set on Rock ‘n’ Roll NOLA for a LONG time – since the spring. I was on the fence at first. Should I do the half? Should I aim for the full? If I’m going to do a half for that price, I might as well just do one closer to home and save the money. My mind was made up. Go BIG or…go to New Orleans. I was in for the full 26.2 – my first marathon ever.

I registered in November in a rush of excitement and nervousness. That nervousness still remains (I wrote a little bit about it in my December 12th post).  Am I concerned that I will be able to complete 26.2 miles? Of course. What I am a little more skeptical about is staying confident throughout the winter, getting out there in the elements and completing those long runs.  And then I came across this photo and caption that seems to be making its rounds on Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere:

“It’s impossible” said pride. “It’s risky” said experience. “It’s pointless” said reason. “Give it a try” whispered the heart.

If this doesn’t scream inspiration I don’t know what does. I love finding these things because they truly keep me motivated. No matter whether I have to crawl, scramble, limp, or hop across that finish line on March 4th, I WILL do it. Plus, I can cross it off my New Year’s resolution list early in the year and that’s a good feeling. Upstate NY winters can be brutal and if it wasn’t for the fact that I love everything about NOLA chances are I wouldn’t have signed up for this particular marathon so early in the season. But you know what? This is my biggest test for me, for myself. If I can do this, I truly feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. Look, I’m partially prepared to head down to the Big Easy:

Jazz hands, fleur de lis Bic band and thunder thighs. Perfect.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to actually enjoy my time there like I have in the past. I’ve padded the marathon so that I’ll be in NOLA from March 1-6th. The hardest part (aside from the whole mental thing and running 26.2 miles)? Not being able to enjoy all the good food when I first get there!

Last trip to NOLA in June 2010. Absinthe in hand.
Outside Commander’s Palace in the Garden District

I’m staying positive that this will truly be a life altering experience and I want to stay focused on enjoying the course and the scenery. I also want to take as many pictures as possible to remember it all. I zone out so much on runs that sometimes I don’t even remember where I’ve just run so I don’t want to let that happen.

Are you planning on running a marathon in 2012? Is it your first? What are some things I should know to help me out on March 4th?

4 thoughts on “>M is for Marathon Training…or Maniac

  1. >GIRL, YOU have GOT the marathon!!

    Trust me, you can do whatever you set your mind to. And it sounds like you have the motivation and determination, which is all you really need. The rest will fall into place.

    The best advice I can give is see if you can find a group to do your long runs with– it'll make the long runs 10000 times easier and help keep you motivated. Or at leas that's how it was for me when I trained for my first marathon this past November!

    I haven't signed up for anything in 2012 yet, we'll see!

  2. >Thanks for the encouragement and advice! I agree – it's so important to try to get long runs in with a group or you will go insane. Our road runners club hosts 5 winter series ones and each race is longer that the one before it so I'm going to take advantage of them. I'm not going to do them for time necessarily, but just to get the distance in. The course is boring (around and around on the university campus – boo) but I'll just plug my iPhone in and zone out to music. 🙂

  3. >I love that photo, so cute and inspirational!

    Mike and I are going to sign up for our first Marathon in 2012, Wineglass on September 30th. I'm really excited and nervous!

    You are going to do great in NOLA and since that day is my birthday, everything I say goes! Just be confident and believe in your training and you will amaze yourself!

  4. >Thanks, Jamie! You are too funny. You will be well prepared for yours on September 30th. Do you get wine afterwards? That would totally make me run faster! 🙂

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