I have literally been having to keep myself away from social media for fear of not being able to keep my mouth shut about this. I'M RUNNING MY FIRST FULL MARATHON 6 MONTHS FROM TODAY!!! Registration for Rocket City Marathon opened on Memorial Day and you better believe that as soon as we crossed the finish line for the Cotton Row 5K I was busy registering on my iPhone on active.com.
At the end of 2011 I made what seemed to be a crazy decision at the time to be a part of the 12 in 2012 team and run 12 half marathons this year. By the time March rolled around I was already toying with the idea of running Rocket City on December, 8, 2012, as my first full marathon. As I started to come into my own as a runner I realized that long distance running is where I am most comfortable. I may never be as speedy as Allan but stick me outside or on a treadmill with some blue Gatorade and my GU chomps and I feel like I can run forever or at least until I'm out of Gatorade and GU chomps. No need for music-somehow I manage to entertain myself and stay focused on my form and my breathing without getting bored.
Listening to my body is something I've always been good about doing and aside from a few injuries in high school that were more accidents than anything I've been fortunate to avoid injury. I'm hoping this will hold true in the coming months as I push my body to run longer distances and run without as many rest days in between. To say I am excited about running a marathon is an understatement! It's been on my mind constantly these past two weeks. Here's to lots of miles, gallons of Gatorade, and no injuries in the next 6 months!
Marathoners: Any tips or advice would be much appreciated!
Anyone else running a race of any distance for the first time this year?