Marathons and Mary Poppins

When I was in 2nd grade, my sweet Momma traveled to San Diego to participate in the Suzuki Rock n Roll Marathon for Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  This was at a time when the running boom had yet to really take off.  I didn’t fully understand what she was doing or why she was doing it, but I knew that it was something special and something that not a lot of people had done. She had completed a marathon and earned the title of marathoner-a title not many people have. Momma still has her medal to this day and completing that marathon remains one of her biggest accomplishments.  I didn’t know it then, but this is where my interest in running/racing began.

Over the past year, I have seen so many of my sweet friends complete various marathons and have watched from afar as they shattered the goals they set for themselves and accomplished something that they may have never imagined they would complete.  This past summer, my friend and “coach” noted that perhaps I should take that next step and begin thinking about my first full marathon.  It was a laughable suggestion and I had no interest in completing a full.  I know how I feel around mile 13 of a half marathon and doing it again in the same day was absolutely not on my radar.  But the more I thought about it, the more the idea grew on me.  Doing a full marathon would sort of “complete” my story.  I could do it and show myself that I’m capable of something greater than anything I have ever dreamed.  But I was scared and a marathon was a long dang way so I disregarded it.

Bryan wouldn’t let the idea die down and we continued to talk about it.  I knew that I would want/need somebody (obviously him) to run with me to get me through the race if I chose to sign up.  Coincidentally, Bryan suggested Flying Pig since it is one of his favorite races and because I already know the first part of the course having done the half earlier this year.  The idea became more and more tempting and I was sold once he agreed to pace me for every step of the way.  The deadline for the cheapest price was on Halloween and I was still scared stupid to even register.  However when I picked up my packet for the Farragut 13.1 race, my bib number was 262.  That was the sign I needed to bite the bullet and officially register.  Before going to bed I submitted my registration form and forked over the money to endure 26.2 miles of torture.  Getting my confirmation email was all kinds of scary and the reality of the beast ahead of me suddenly sank in.  photo (1)

It is going to be a long training cycle for me since I have never ran more than 13.1 miles so I’m anxious to see how my body reacts and adapts to increased mileage.  I have full faith in my ability to stay dedicated and follow the plan that Bryan sets for me.  It won’t be easy.  It might not even be fun.  But when I cross the “Finish Swine” on May 3, 2015 it will all be worth it and I will earn the title of MARATHONER.  Crazy, I know.  Be sure to stay tuned for the torture fest I have in my future and see how training goes for me.  I vow to be honest about my feelings throughout training and to share all victories and defeats that may come my way.  It will be fun, right?

Speaking of marathons, let me tell you about another Mary.  I realize that I’m a little late to the party from posting about Halloween, but better late than never.  While Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, I really enjoy scrolling through my Facebook feed and seeing my friends’ children dressed up in their costumes.  It is a lot of fun to take on another persona for one night.  Like last year, we had a trunk-or-treat event at my church where members handed out candy from their cars.  I had pinned a Mary Poppins costume to a Pinterest board earlier this year that I tucked away for this special occasion and I must say that it turned out very well.  The best part was that every piece of my outfit/costume is something that I already had in my closet so I didn’t have to spend a dime.  I was also surprised that my beautiful friend’s daughter was also dressed up as Mary Poppins.  We really rocked the “spoon full of sugar” look.  photo 1 (27) photo 5 (17)

Have any advice for a first time marathoner?  Did you dress up for Halloween?

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13 thoughts on “Marathons and Mary Poppins

  1. So proud of you!!!!! You are going to ROCK your marathon! It’s the most amazing feeling of accomplishment when you cross that finish line, and running will never be the same! Can’t wait to follow your training! 🙂 Also, you were the cutest mary poppins! Love it!! Also also, I was born and raised in Franklin, TN, and love seeing any TN posts! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your supportive words! I hope I feel that genuine sense of elation and joy when I finally finish. I loooove Franklin…so many of our leadership retreats in high school were held there since it was more affordable than downtown Nashville.

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  2. Congrats! I felt the same way after I signed up for my first marathon (and only today, except #2 is in March of 2015)! Good luck and enjoy the training. Try not to get burnt out and remember that it’s your first one, so don’t be hard on yourself! Congrats and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

  3. My advice is don’t kill yourself with a whole lot of long runs. The longest run I did before either of my marathons was 14 miles. When I hit mile 15 during the marathon, I smiled to myself knowing that I was in uncharted territory, and that I was going to make it no matter what. I seriously don’t know how people do all of those 20 and 21 milers without getting injured before the race! Just my two cents! I can’t wait to follow your journey! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for this advice! You made me feel so much better about my first marathon! I have done 6 half marathons and am comfortable running that distance, but 20+ mile training runs scare the crap out of me!

    • My friend Bryan has agreed to sort of “train” me so I’m not sure what he has in store for me. I told him I don’t want to know any workouts more than a week in advance or I will get freaked out. Personally I think I may need a few really long runs because my body needs to know what a distance longer than 13.1 miles feels like.

  4. I am doing my very first marathon at the Walt Disney World Marathon in January! I have my eye on Flying Pig as well…because for some reason I feel like WDW won’t be a true marathon, with all the picture stops. What I just read here from you makes me want to push myself to do 2 next year! I am just scared of completely hating it in January and not wanting to put my body through it! Good luck to you! I know you will do awesome!

  5. OMG, you’re so cute as Mary Poppins!

    Also, so awesome you are signed up for a marathon! I am so excited for you and have so much faith that you will rock your training and the race!! Excited to follow along. 🙂

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