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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"You Can't Run a Marathon"

It's official, the company I work for has been accepted as an official charity for a Rock n' Roll Marathon next October.  This is something we had been bouncing around the office for a few weeks, finally applying and being accepted.  When the idea initially came up I was quite excited.  My exercise routine lately has consisted of walks to the mailbox and the occasional game of tag at the park.  I was looking forward to the notion of having something to "train" for.

Upon first mentioning the marathon to my husband his immediate reply was laughter followed by, "You can't run a marathon!"

"Why not?"

"First of all, you don't know how to run.  (I do actually KNOW how to run.  I may look a little silly doing it, but I KNOW how!")  Secondly, you'd never be able to run that far."

"I do.  I can.  And I will! I mean seriously what is it like 5 miles, anyone can do that."

Hysterical laughter from the hubby.  "You don't even know what a marathon is!  No, not 5 miles, 26 miles."

Long pause from me caused by utter shock of what my ears have heard!

Back at work, I begin my logical explanation of why it is I won't be able to join in on the marathon fun, leading of course with as a mom of two young children I certainly won't have time to train, even if the damn thing is a year away.  Never mind the fact that even if I did have the time I'd much rather spend it at Happy Hour!  But unfortunately we were too far down the road to marathon madness. And so it was decided that I would participate in the relay portion, taking my total mileage down from 26 to around 7.

Okay, I can do this.  Time to start training.  That weekend I put the tennis shoes on and hit the trail. Two miles later I return home so out of breath I can barely speak.  Jackson takes one look at me and says, "Mommy, you got a sunburn!"

Wish me luck people, I'm going to need it!


  1. You know, I have never been a fan of running, but I think if my husband told me I couldn't do something and laughed at me, even my triplet pregnant body would start training! But that's just my stubbornness. 7 miles is 6 miles longer than I have ever jogged so you go girl!

  2. Two miles is a great start!
    I have never ran a half or full marathon before but several friends of mine have.
    They all swear by Hal Higdon's training books.
    Best of luck to you...keep us updated on your progress!

  3. Good luck! That has been on my list to do for awhile. :)

  4. There are lots of marathon training websites out there. A friend of ours just ran his first and did great. I'm sure you can do it. One mile at a time!!!! That's all it is (says she, who remains on the couch in front of her computer screen

  5. Go you!! This is awesome! I always use the same excuses, but you're right--just need to get out and do it. Hope the training takes off and thanks for visiting through TALU :)

  6. Excited for you!! I am doing my 1st Marathon for food bank of MD on Thanksgiving! 2 or 5 mile run /walk I will start off running and then walking LOL Good luck!

  7. It's always good to try something new, right? A marathon is a good starting point. Good luck, have faith in yourself. Prove to your hubby that you're made of tougher stuff :)

    Oh, and don't forget the sunblock! ;)

  8. Aww! Good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes ... and maybe some pointers for other newbies?
    Just found your blog through Naptime Review and glad I did! :)