>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?