It was my test for myself to see if I think I can get ready for a marathon in October.
I did it. I felt great! And I think I'm ready to go.
The marathon is the Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 16, 2011. I have 13 weeks to get myself in tip-top shape. During that time, I may very well hate that I've chosen to do this again, but for the most part, I am excited!
Last year I ran my first marathon and it was hard, it was inspiring, and yes, it was awful at times, but it gave me confidence. I realized that my body can do crazy things. Things that I would never imagine possible. 26.2 miles. You go crazy by about mile 22...but it's a good kind of crazy (ha, I say that now).
I've been thinking about this for a while because my sister will be running this marathon and I would love to do this with her. I haven't really been sure if I'm ready, so today was a big test for me. I got up early this morning and rummaged around in my very dirty closet in my very messy room and I found my water belt. I had to have it with me for a confidence booster today. I washed it out and headed off. The weather was nice, about 75 degrees and sunny, but I stayed in the shade.
|Cath and I.|
I haven't run that far since the last marathon. Since getting sick, I have still been working to build my mileage back up and I've been scared to push myself. I know I'm fine now and I'm so excited. It felt so good to do a long run again (don't get me wrong - it still hurt a lot too!). Hopefully I can stay on track and be able to run in October.
Oh, by the way, I came right home, showered and cleaned my room. I had to. It was so bad!