Tomorrow I’m running my first marathon.
If you’re not a distance runner or familiar with that term, it means I’ll be running 26.2 miles. Based on my super rough estimate, it should take me approximately 6 hours to complete the course. SIX HOURS of running.
How do I feel about running for 6 hours on a course known for its relentless hills? I’ll be sure and let you know when I’m done.
In the meantime, since I’m basically freaking out over what I’m about to endure, I thought I would share some reasons why I signed up for a marathon in the first place:
- BECAUSE I CAN. I was injured last year and couldn’t run for over six months. I came up with some lofty goals while I was laid up and running a marathon was one of them. (Opening my own boutique was another one!)
- TO SAY I DID IT. It takes a certain amount of dedication and commitment to train for a marathon. Most people don’t have the desire to run 26 miles, much less put themselves through the brutal training schedule needed to complete such a ridiculous feat. I’m definitely not in it to win it, but I’m in it to say I did it.
- LULULEMON. I basically want to wear the running skirt.
- SOCIAL HOUR. When life gets in the way of life, it’s hard to make time for yourself. Thankfully my closest friends are the ones I get to sweat with in the wee hours of the morning. Having a big goal to work towards means I get to spend more time laughing, crying and sweating with some really great girls.
- TO GET FIT. Here’s the funny part: marathon training did not turn me into Giselle. In fact, I’m just as fluffy now (if not more!) than I was at the beginning of this training cycle. I’ve been less concerned about counting calories and more concerned about fueling up for my runs. However, I’ve definitely gained fitness. I’m doing things I’ve never done before, and it feels really good.
- IT’S HARD. The Kauai Marathon is a difficult, hilly course with over 4,000 feet of elevation change. I figured if I’m going to run a marathon, I might as well run the hardest one. At least it’s in my backyard with some of the most beautiful views our island has to offer.
To mentally prepare for tomorrow’s run, I’ve reviewed my Garmin statistics and every last mile (346 to be exact) I ran during this training period.
I’ve thought about every time my alarm buzzed at 4:56 a.m., every rainy run (there were a lot) and every gorgeous sunrise.
I’ve double and triple checked Emily’s Marathon Plan list to make sure I’m not forgetting anything for the Comfort Stations I’m assigned to:
And I’ve realized that I am so ready to tackle this. I am ready.
If you’re running The Kauai Marathon tomorrow, let’s slay some hills. I’ll see you out on the course!