I've completed several half marathons, but last year I decided I needed to finally conquer the full marathon! I was 26, so I thought it was an important age to run the 26.2 mile race.
I like to run, but I only have time to hit the pavement once maybe twice a week. When I started my training, it was difficult to get through three miles. I was healing from a fractured wrist which prevented me from any type of physical activity for over a month. But I did my training, following the Runner's World Smart Coach (it's free).
After six months of training, I took my time, I was ready to run my first marathon. When I finished, I said, "That's it. No more marathons". But then I qualified for the Boston Marathon, the granddaddy of all marathons. "Ok, so I complete two marathons."
Well, conveniently, the Boston Marathon is Monday, April 15. Jeff and I agreed probably not the best thing to do five days before our wedding. So my need to finish one marathon has turned into three.
Now, I'm training to qualify again for the 2014 Boston. I'll be running in the Palm Beach Marathon this December. There's pressure now to finish in time to qualify. Last year, I didn't care about time. So if you see me running Sunday, December 2, cheer me on!
But a good thing about marathon training - it gives you a lot of alone time to clear your mind and brainstorm about your wedding.
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