Distance dreaming! Yes, I am. As I said a while back, I am running my first marathon this fall. The great thing is I have found a whole group of people who are also first time long distance runners.
Abbi of Higher Miles decided that support is helpful to all of us. Abbi and I met on DailyMile.com and I realized we are both following the same marathon training program. Abbi decided to create a group on her blog that is all about first time half or full marathon runners. There are a ton of us and it is fantastic! I am sure it is more work than Abbi thought there would be a she wrote a great post yesterday that linked to all of us. She also polled us on a name for the group, created this great logo, and now has put out prompt questions and a poll. She is going to be doing a similar post each Wednesday until the end of the year or maybe longer. I am not quite sure.
So, on to the prompt. It is all about the whys – why distance? why now?
If you follow my blog regularly, you will know I came out in January with a goal of running a race a month. I did this in a guest post at Motherese. At that time, I decided that my first long race would be a half marathon in March. I moved from that to another half in April. I did not have a full marathon on my plate – some longer runs like a 20K and a 15K but not a full marathon. I was having dinner with a friend who ran Boston this past April before the 15K we both ran in July. He asked why I didn’t run Wineglass this year. I think I may have asked him if he was nuts.
I decided I would do two weeks of training where I was. I was already running between 25 and 35 miles a week. I looked at several training plans and decided on one and then looked at where the marathon was. I started running with Wineglass in mind. I have decided I try to tell everyone I know that I am going to run a marathon. The support is important in keeping me on track.
I am running Wineglass on October 3. I will finish it in a respectable time for a first marathon – haven’t quite decided what that is yet. I will keep running after Wineglass.