Thursday, May 31, 2012

Save the Date!

It's not what you think.  I won't be walking down the aisle anytime soon.  And I don't have a ring on my finger. But I've finally made a commitment to something that's almost as big as getting married.  I just signed up for my first marathon!  PHILADELPHIA MARATHON, NOVEMBER 18!  

It did take me filling out the registration form online at work today, then deciding not to submit it. Then filling it out again at home tonight, hovering over the "Pay Now" button for 5-10 minutes, looking up training plans, calculating predicted finish times on multiple sites and closing my eyes when I finally clicked the button...but I'm doing it!

I'm nervous. I'm excited. I'm wondering if I'm insane (but hundreds of thousands of people run marathons every week, so it can't be THAT hard, right....????!)

Before the Boston Marathon this year, I always said that I didn't know if I ever wanted to run a marathon.  But watching the marathon online (while I was supposed to be working!) really motivated me.  I'm not sure why this one made me want to run a marathon more than any other marathon I've ever watched, but it planted the seed that maybe I COULD do it.  And maybe one day I would want to.  After hearing so many other people's awesome marathon stories recently, I decided that I want to have that experience too.  I've never run a step past 13.1 miles, and every time I've finished a half, I am convinced that I couldn't run another step.  But in November, I'm going to prove to myself that I can run twice as far.

I've heard the course is great from all but one person.  My sister and brother-in-law live in Philly, and my mom and boyfriend already said they'd come cheer me on.  Okay, let's be honest.  I'm still trying to convince my boyfriend that he wants to run too....  But regardless, I'll have people either running alongside me, or standing along the side lines cheering. Hopefully it'll be enough to keep me excited and energized to run twice as far as I ever have.  Although I suppose I've doubled my distance before- 2 to 4 miles, 6 to 12 miles, etc., so why can't I do it again- 13.1 to 26.2?!

While writing this post, I've had thoughts of dreading doing this marathon, and thoughts of extreme excitement.  I imagine I'll continue with this slightly bi-polar  thinking for the next 5 1/2 months, until I cross the finish line in Philly!

Are you running a fall marathon?  Are you running Philly?!  If you've run Philly before, what'd you think of it?  Do you WANT to run Philly with me??


  1. Congratulations!!! That is amazing!! I'm definitely signing up for the half so I can't wait to cheer you on when you are finishing your full!!

  2. yayayayay! congrats on signing up!! philly was my first half, AWESOME crowds and tons of fun! and close enough to NYC that we can log some training runs together :)

  3. Wahoo! Way to go on signing up!! I've heard that it's an amazing race. I am running the Brooklyn Marathon on the same day, but Philly is definitely on my radar. :)