Today’s topic for “Take it and Run Thursday” over at the Runner’s Lounge is the Marathon. I’ve only run one marathon and the plan was to do it “just once”.
That was my mantra the whole time I was training for the marathon. Every time I needed to squeeze in a run instead of doing something else during my “me time”, I reminded myself I was only doing this once. When I had Beer Geek take vacation days so that I could do my 20 milers on a Friday, instead of losing a chunk of our family time on the weekend, I told him “just this once.” I honestly thought I’d never do another one. In fact, my first thought after crossing the finish line was “I never have to do this again.”
Within a week, I was champing at the bit to run another one. I think that they must put something in the powerade that was served at the MCM, because I’m addicted. My goal my first time was just to finish. The fact that I finished under 5 hours was just icing on the cake. But now, I wonder how fast I could do it if I trained differently. I want that feeling of accomplishment and then some. I want to run a spring marathon so I don’t have to train in the heat that is a Virginia summer. I was never athletic growing up, so it’s a huge accomplishment to me to be able to run that far.
Will I do it again? More than likely. I tentatively have a plan to run one in the spring of 2010. By then, Shoo will be in preschool three days a week, which will give me time to train during the week. For now, I’ll concentrate on the half marathon length, so that I go into training as strong as possible.