It's official! I'm running the St. George Marathon on October 1st! I'm half stoked, half terrified. Poppa White and my bro-in-law Chris are doing it too! I sneaked into their group registration, because when one person gets in everyone does, so it tripled our chances, etc etc... Maybe they'll be nice enough to wait at the finish line for this slow girl to crawl her way over :)
I first began toying with the idea of running a marathon when I was just starting my freshman year of college. I didn't keep good track of workouts back then, but I'm pretty sure I kind of sucked at running. I kept sucking until a year later, then sucked on and off until this year. My endurance was decent from playing rugby, but I had a really poor perception of distance and didn't just run very well. Back in the days of playing I think I mostly got by with my high pain threshold and not being afraid of getting my face smashed (been there, done that). I wish that I could play rugby again just to see how much better I could do now that I'm not such a slug.
Anywho, this goal is really great for me. I really am excited, but I think the best feeling throughout the whole process is going to be once I cross the finish line. It will just feel like such a great accomplishment. It is significant in a lot of ways with the timing and nature and whatnot. I am very grateful for a body that can do things like this. Here's hoping for many more years of being able to do crazy stuff like this!