Holy handballs - where has the time gone?!?!
As we start into the heart of the summer, I'm looking towards the rest of my weeks, weekends and trips to round out the hottest months of the year. AKA - Swamp Ass Summertime.
I've got some lofty running goals for the rest of the year, too. I agreed to be a suffer buddy to a friend who's running the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. Her and I had talked about it while I was trying to distract her from her thinking about her missing dog, and I somehow heard myself saying "I'll run it with you!"
What the what.
So I looked up the run but alas, registration had already closed. I was not deterred however! I wanted to be there for my friend and help her along the way of running and somehow she thought I was capable of doing such ridiculous exercise feats. I did some quick research and found another event, the Milwaukee Running Festival, the next month that offered a full marathon as well. I decided I'd do that one, and that way I'd still be able to train with her long distance (I'm in Wisco, she in Colorado)
I registered for the full marathon - and I'm a bit in awe of my own actions.
I have run exactly two half marathons in my life. One I finished in just under three hours, the next I finished in two and a half hours. I actually enjoyed the second one; the first I thought I was going to spontaneously combust, or just crumble into a pile of tears. True story.
Proof I was standing after my second half, with my friend Sarah.
But either way, I wanted to still do this full marathon so that I could
suffer with be there for my friend.
And THEN, because I'm a nutjob...
Yep...I'm doing a half marathon, as a nice ego boost before the full marathon.
But really, REALLY....I feel like I can do this. I've got all the visualizations down - crossing the finish line, high fiving people, falling into a fit of cramps and tears in a pile of banana peels and spent Gatorade bottles - I'm good with that. Now it's just putting foot to pavement.
Left right left right. Wash, rinse, repeat. Over and over. For 26 miles.
I am a runner because I run, as my friend says.
CURRENT RACE SCHEDULE:
September 20: Med City Fall Half Marathon
November 1: Milwaukee Running Festival Full Marathon