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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!

8 comments:

  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!

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  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!

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

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  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
    =D)

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  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 :)

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  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!

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  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! ;)

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  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! :)

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