April 14, 2014

Dreaming of another marathon

I daydream about the marathon almost every time I run.  And when I say "the marathon," I mean my first marathon experience at the 38th Marine Corps Marathon.  Everything about that day was pure magic for me and I often get caught up in the emotions I felt during the race when I'm out on a run.

The nerves as I waited for the race morning shuttle to take me to the Pentagon parking lot where I would walk up to the starting area to meet Lisa and Danielle.

The excitement of the unknown as I crossed the starting line.

The happiness I felt at mile 7 when I told Danielle that I loved running and was having a great time.

The temporary disappointment I felt when I thought I had missed seeing Jamie at the Kennedy Center.

The apprehension when my muscles started to tighten at mile 15 and wondering how long I could stay with Danielle.

The elation after seeing one of my dearest friends on the course.  I needed that hug and encouragement more than I can put into words.

The determination I felt crossing the 14th Street bridge.

The exhilaration I felt when I jammed through Crystal City and kept improving my pace.

The pride I felt when a Marine yelled "one mile to go" as we turned down the off ramp toward the finish line.

The chutzpah I felt when I looked up the final hill and tore up it as fast as my legs could carry me.

The overwhelming sense of accomplishment, relief, and satisfaction I felt after crossing the finish line.

After watching Mom train for her big spring marathon, seeing lots of friends complete spring marathons, and cheering for friends accepted into fall marathons through lotteries, I've been thinking long and hard about another marathon.  Knowing I'm not in marathon shape now has eliminated all hope of a spring race.  And I'm not sure I could even get my head around it, mentally speaking.

I know distinctly that I want to be ready, like really ready, when I run my next marathon.  I respect the distance and I don't have dreams of running one frequently.  I want to PR at my next 26.2.  I have a vision of a goal time, but I will have to get into training before I can solidify a true goal.

On Thursday night, I made my decision.  I'll be running the Richmond marathon in November.  And I can't wait!

How do you know when you're ready for another marathon?
{Christine}

31 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you Christine!! I can actually feel a part of these emotions you wrote since I have experienced the 26.2 mile distance now! So true how mentally draining it can be, and yet more rewarding than anything else! I am right there with you on respecting the distance as well and not doing marathons too often. You are going to rock the Richmond Marathon!

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    1. The emotions are pretty much off the charts! Running a 26.2 is really a life-changing process.

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  2. You're going to rock Richmond, just like you rocked Marine Corps and Disney World! I can't wait to follow along as you train for and run marathon #3! I've heard such great things about the Richmond Marathon, and am very seriously contemplating registering for the half and running it as my big fall race.

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm excited to do a more low key marathon and experience an entirely new race weekend. Would love to see you there! :)

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  3. That's wonderful, Christine!! I'm so excited for you! I know I'm ready to train and run another marathon when I get the bug, just like you described!

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    1. Thanks Karen! A marathon is such a big commitment that I know I won't do them all that often. And not to mention you have to register for many far in advance!

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  4. I need that shirt! :) Love it!

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    1. It's a Brooks shirt. You might be able to find it online.

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  5. I have to really be ready, not just thinking about it. A few years ago, I'd done great in a marathon in June and decided to do another one in January. The Saturday I was supposed to go to the expo, I was as sick as I've ever been in my life. Just getting out of bed made me dizzy. Someone else picked up my packet and I thought worst case, I'd drop down to the half. Race day I wasn't any better, so I missed the whole thing. The one I did after that was a lousy experience because I'd trained trying to use CrossFit instead of standard run training, so I'm kind of skittish to do another one after two bad experiences in a row. One of these days I will. I love the feeling of accomplishment afterward.

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    1. Marathon training is no joke! I definitely know that I can't do a lot because of how I process the whole experience. You'll get there and have a great experience...third time's the charm, right? :)

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  6. Awesome Christine!!! You're going to do awesome!!!

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  7. Will you be running this year's MCM? I just signed up and it's my first marathon ever. O.o

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    1. Hey Jenn - 99% chance that I won't be at MCM. You will love it - amazing experience and very patriotic! Enjoy every second of it!! :)

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  8. That's really great Christine! This will be marathon #3 right? Since I am no doubt missing Big Sur this year, I am debating on when I will run my first marathon! -M

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    1. Yes, ma'am - marathon #3. It's hard to believe I was deciding to conquer my first this time last year. There are so many great choices out there for you, although I'm sure you're bummed about Big Sur. :(

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  9. Yay, that's exciting!!! For me to even consider a full, the race itself has to be extra special and/or fun, like NYC or Disney World. I'd like to do MCM one day- maybe in 2015. What deciding factors made you choose Richmond? I'm just curious. :)

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    1. MCM is an incredible race - I would strongly recommend anyone consider it. Very well-run and a great course with amazing spectators. I wanted a race with less hoopla and one that wouldn't require expensive travel. I've heard great things about Richmond and it's a flat course...decision made! :)

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  10. SO excited for you Christine! I have more marathons on my radar as well, just not for awhile. This body needs a break from distance running for a bit! You know I will be cheering you on from Michigan in November!

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    1. Thanks friend! I'm still contemplating running WDW...maybe...

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  11. So exciting! I have heard Richmond is a great race - can't wait to follow along with you!

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    1. Thanks Kristen - I've heard great things about Richmond as well so I'm excited to try this race weekend.

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  12. Congrats on the decision to run the Richmond Marathon, I'm sure you'll rock it! I haven't gotten to full status yet, but having signed up for my first 1/2 later this year, it's a great/slightly anxious feeling to have such a big goal ahead of you!

    Best of luck on your training!

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  13. The marathon is what I crave.
    However, I know my body is not ready for it yet.
    So I will cheer you all one while you run this fall and focus on getting healthy.

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  15. I want to do another marathon so badly! I have the itch too! Glad you have signed up for one! My brain says go, but my body says no!! Ugh. Hopefully, soon!

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  16. Congratulations! If your past two marathons are any predictor, you'll rock this one as well!

    Lauren

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  17. YAAAY!!! I'll see you there!! Richmond will be my first marathon ever!!! I can't wait!!!

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  18. How exciting! I have a full marathon on my bucket list... it will happen someday. Until then, I've convinced my husband who is a biker to run a half with me, and we registered for Richmond a couple weeks ago. Looking forward to reading about your training and journey to another 26.2!

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  19. I don't even know that I'm ready for my first, but I'm giving the WDW full a shot! And, well - the "friendliest" marathon - what's not good about that?!?!

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  20. What about your epic Bart Yasso high five?!?! (I still LOVE that a random picture of that emerged on the internet!)

    I'm fortunate that all my marathon experiences have been great, so I'm always itching to sign up for my next one as soon as I'm done!

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