This morning I saw a post on a runner’s site I am part of that caught my attention. Do you know what your runiversary is? Some runners said they didn’t know and others knew exactly what their date was. As for me – Yes I know exactly what my date is. January 10, 2012!
Hard to believe that was almost 4 years ago. My first run was a 15:30 pace. I thought I was going to die before I finished that run. I could not imagine ever thinking I would be a runner. I could never imagine how that first run would change my life. I could never imagine the bond I have with my wife because of running. I could never imagine running a 5K race, a 10K race, a 15K race or a Half Marathon! BUT I DID!! I did run all those races and more! I have run so many races and I have really enjoyed all the experiences I have had. I also have had the best running partners over these past years and have met some amazing people and friends due to running.
In 25 days I will be doing something I could never imagine I would ever do when I started running in January 2012. Up until March of this year I would have told you this was something I never wanted to do – funny how things change. In 25 days I will be running my first full Marathon!
The training for this marathon has been tough, both mentally and physically. I have dealt with ankle pain and calf pain. I have stuck to a training schedule and have adjusted it as needed to keep moving forward and get my training in. It has been hard! It has been time consuming! It has been challenging!
A few weeks ago we ran 20 miles – our longest run to date. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through this run – but I did! My pace for 20 miles was 11:35. Not to shabby!
This weekend we will run 23 miles. That is our last long run before we run the marathon. I am so blessed to have my wife by my side for all of this. The excitement is building as are the nerves. When I stop and think I will be running 26.2 miles and my goal is 5 ½ hours – I start to think I am crazy! But I will also me a marathoner!