Why am I doing this?

Joe Vitale once said, “A good goal should scare you a little and excited you a lot.”

I ran my first half marathon when I was 20 and ever since then I have had a goal to run a full marathon by the end of my 25th year.  I committed to that goal a few weeks ago, and will run my first marathon the day before my 26th birthday.  As soon as I hit submit on the registration page I had a moment of panic.

Can I really do this?

If you don’t know me very well, I will tell you that self-confidence isn’t exactly in my top characteristics. I am the queen of self- doubt.

So, what really made me commit to doing this? I haven’t been great at sports.  I tried just about every sport out there.  Everything from learn to play hockey to softball to basketball and dance.  I was good at some aspects and terrible at others.  As I have gotten older, I have become more athletic, but that didn’t really help me in my junior high and high school days.

From about the middle of high school and on, running has been the thing I am good at. I feel strong and confident when I run. It’s a time for me to clear my head or for me to think up new ideas.  It is a time for me to pray, and have that one on one conversation with God.

There are so many things I love about running races. The atmosphere before, during, and after a race is indescribable.  Your adrenaline is pumping and there is an electric vibe hanging in the air.  Everybody wins because you are racing against yourself.  (Unless you are the elite runners who are actually running for the win)  Even if you run a big race alone, you will encounter countless other runners that will give you motivation to keep going.  I remember running my first 5K in early high school and wanting to walk about halfway through mile two when this older gentleman who was running behind me saw that I was slowing down and said, “Girl, this isn’t the time to stop you’ve got this last .6 miles!” and he cheered me to the end.  I have never forgotten that, and I try to cheer on runners who seem like they need a little boost.

People say that running a marathon changes you, so naturally I’m going to be blogging about my training experience, and all the things I learn along the way. I am a total rookie to this and really have no idea what I’m doing!  From every blog I have read so far, it seems that you can only prepare so much for your first one.  I will more than likely make mistakes along the way, but that’s how I will learn to be a better runner!  This is sure to be an adventure and I’m thankful to have my husband supporting me through these next few months.

I’m a little nervous, but very excited to start my official training! If any veteran marathoners out there have any advise along the way I would love to hear it!