I knew it would happen eventually, I just didn’t know it would take less than six months. My dear friend Elizabeth Ann Corkum used her formidable powers of persuasion (including beer, and the promise of more beer to come) to lure me into my first marathon, which may also end up being my first sanctioned road race.
On March 20, 2011, if all goes according to plan, I will run the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach. I’m excited, but also very intimidated. I mapped out a training plan, and it’s frightening just seeing distances of more than 20 miles listed on my calendar. I’ll run twenty or more miles five times before I actually run the marathon, including one training run of 26 miles. My longest run to date was twelve miles – but this is what a marathon is all about, after all: testing your body and proving to yourself that you can achieve what seems impossible.
Or, you know, failing gloriously as thousands of others achieve what you could not. Either way. Continue Reading