The Marathon Decision...

I decided not to jump the gun and do the marathon this weekend. It would have been extremely silly of me. Especially when I have a half marathon in Hershey Park the following weekend.

I am glad I received  great advice and information from runners on a Facebook group I am apart of. They are seasoned runners and have done a few marathons in their time. A lot of what they told me was stuff I already knew, but overlooked because I am so determined to get to that glorious number of 26.2.

 Some think I am a little nuts to be running the majority of it alone and unofficially. I even think I am nuts. But it is more than just having my name on a list, or a medal to my name. I want to be able to say "I did it."  I think the power in those words are more important than what any award or finisher's medal could give me. It is about ceasing the moment. I could wait until March to do the Rock N Roll marathon and call that my first. However, if something were to come up and I would be forced to miss it, I would be devastated. Injuries happen, life happens. 

Running a marathon has been a long term goal and I am ready for this. I want it more than anything. I have been working towards this since I started running a year and a half ago. I sat around for the first 16 years of my life and I want to turn that around and show everyone that I am not that girl anymore. But most of all, I want to prove to myself that I am stronger than what I ever thought possible. I can physically and mentally complete such a demanding distance. 

 So going forward, I have decided to start tapering  to get myself ready for my original attempt date of the 26th. I think going this route will ultimately be the best decision for me. 

Have you ever talked yourself out of doing a marathon to better prepare yourself?

What is your ultimate running goal?

 Would you ever run a marathon alone?

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