Monday, February 20, 2012

My Top Secret Revealed

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I am training for a half marathon on April 29th which is true but I left out one little detail.



Four weeks after that half marathon race, 
I will be running in my first marathon.


A few of you have asked if I am training for one and I just could not keep it a secret any longer.  At first I wasn't even sure if I was actually going to go through with it because of my knee pain.  But then as I started to make my comeback and my knee pain subsided I thought that maybe I could actually run the marathon.

See here is what happened - my best friend and also my running buddy has wanted to run a marathon for over a year now but I really have not had the desire.  We kept putting it off until last November when she got engaged!  Plans were quickly formed for her wedding in October 2012 which kind of put a fall marathon out of the question. She mentioned that she really wanted to run a spring marathon and although I was apprehensive, I decided to sign up with her. 

It is still a long way off (14 weeks) and I am still incredibly nervous about my ever increasing weekly mileage but having a great buddy to do all the long runs with has definitely helped.  I honestly don't think I would have signed up for this if I had to train and race mostly alone.

I am not sure I will like the marathon distance, but I am going to try it at least once to say I have done it. We will see what happens after that.  All the training/running has already proved to be a big time commitment and I still have a long way to go.

97 days and counting....

20 comments:

kilax said...

Yay! I am excited for you! Especially since you are training with a first-time buddy too. Ease in to the mileage and you won't have any problems with it! :) Can't wait to hear more!

Suzy said...

How exciting!!! A marathon is a great deal of work and worth it all.

Amy said...

I was beginning to wonder! I'm excited for you. Every week is a great sense of accomplishment as you hit longer distances and bigger mileage numbers. Looking forward to following along!

Elizabeth said...

Woohoo!!! Aren't friends the best for getting you to step out of your comfort zone! I am very excited for you!

Aron said...

Yessssssss! This is so exciting :))))

Indi said...

That's so awesome and you've got a training partner too! Here wishing you an awesome first Marathon training cycle!!

trifitmom said...

awesome !!!!!

Kelly Janowski said...

Go you! I'm also sort of training for my first marathon, which will be this fall. Official training doesn't start until May.

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Very exciting! I bet you'll be hooked whether you expect to or not!
:)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I was wondering as your mileage was awfully high for someone not running a marathon! Best of luck to you! I hope you have a healthy training secret and that you enjoy your first marathon!!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Ooooh exciting! I had a feeling you were training for one. That's great. I hope your training cycle goes well! Mine has gone pretty great so far.

What marathon are you doing??

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

Woohoo! You will be just fine.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wahoo!!! so excited for you!!! which one are you doing, am I missing that in the post?

yeahhhh!!!!

Rebecca said...

Yay yay yay! :-) I am excited. But please know that if it becomes too much I will understand if you decide not to run after all.

That said - you will do awesome!! I am secretly hoping you like the marathon and will agree to run one once in awhile. Because I am pretty sure if my favorite distance (by A LOT) thus far is the half, I am going to like marathons. Just not super fast ones.

Allison said...

Very exciting! I have such great memories of my first marathon and I'm sure you will too.

Jamie said...

Hey Joanna! Since I just found your blog, but we are friends on facebook haha, I already knew you were running a marathon. I'm glad you finally announced it!

Mike and I are running our first marathon on September 30th, Wineglass.

I hope you like the marathon distance, I think I am going to!

Page said...

Wooo-hooooo! Congrats and good luck!

Christine said...

That is awesome, you will love it! Training for the first is soo exciting! Almost every weekend you will run distances you haven't run before and it's such a good feeling!!

destination262 said...

!!! This is so exciting! I'm not sure that anyone actually likes running 26.2 miles lol, but it's definitely one those things you should at least do once. I am excited to follow you on your marathon journey and have no doubt that it will be a great experience for you. YAY

Marlene said...

You're so sneaky!!! I would prefer that you were coming to run in Chicago (hehe), but still very happy & excited for you!!!