Let’s start out with this…at absolutely no point in my life did I think I would run a marathon this shortly after finishing my collegiate running career as a SPRINTER at Michigan State. In fact, I remember very vividly how I felt when my sprint coach informed me I would be running a 5K with the cross country team at State. The thoughts that went through my mind before, during, and after the race were dreadful. It was the one time in my life that I truly felt like throwing in the towel. If it hadn’t been for my head coaches determined stare down I may have just walked off the course. I was elated to get back on the track where I could have my own lane and not worry about getting spiked, running up hills, uneven terrain, or having anxiety attacks!
But low and behold, I am here…4 days away from running my first marathon. I can’t even believe it. I have run a couple of half marathons and attempted a very challenging 25K (had to drop out due to severe neck spasms) but a marathon!? 26.2 miles!? Insane. To say I am nervous would be an understatement but with all the nerves comes extreme excitement! I have completed the training almost to a T and have suffered through those long runs…let me tell you, running slow has NEVER been my forte! I will be running the Omaha marathon which is supposed to be a flat course…a good starter course I’d say. After training in very hilly Lawrence, KS I think it will be a nice break.
As of right now, I am preparing a little list of all the things I will need in case anything goes wrong. I will say this, I am looking forward to seeing my pups at the aid stations. My dalmatian Spot has done most of the training with me and I so badly wish I could run with him…we just finished our first trail 5K together!
Needless to say, I am excited. I am super pumped to do something I never thought I would do…at least not this soon. I am excited to challenge my body. I am excited to see Omaha. There is just so much to look forward to and very little could ever change that feeling! I’ll repost again next week after the marathon!