Thursday, January 16, 2014

Disney Marathon

                                               Mickey and I rocking it after the Marathon.

                                 Four races, six medals, the marathon one is my favorite!

As I sit here driving back from running my first marathon ( I actually did the Dopey Challenge which was a 5k, 10k, 1/2 and full 4 days in a row) I realize I should write a book, "How Not To Run A Marathon."  I'm sure everyone in my Dopey facebook page and my buddy Jeff (Galloway) would be horrified if they heard I'd only done one long run before the marathon.Ever.  Probably just as horrified to know I really only ran once a week after Wine and Dine in November.  After that 1/2 in November I had NO motivation to I forced myself to go once a week....some times it was 3 miles, sometimes it was 6, and once it was 22. 

Also my pre-run, pre-race, breakfast is Diet Coke and a few cookies or chocolate Hostess donuts, the breakfast of champions no doubt.  I'm quite certain most "real" runners would be horrified to learn I ate at Buffalo Wild Wings the night before the marathon too.

So why would I mention all this?  Mostly to say running is an individual sport, what works for some may not work for others.  You have to find what works for you, and no one else can tell you what works for you, you have to find out for yourself.  Sure it's probably NOT a good idea to eat a breakfast like mine but it works for me, and hey I wasn't the last one across the finish, and judging from people walking around Disney the last few days I certainly fared better than they did!

So the big question....Will I ever run another marathon?  Not sure, I go back and forth but probably not.  It is a lot of time to commit (especially if you are actually going to train) and judging from my lack of motivation going into this one I can't see me prepping differently than I did if I were to sign up for another one.  Am I glad I did it? You bet.  Hands down its one of the things I'm most proud of.  I think part me wanting to do a marathon was to prove that I could.  I had a hysterectomy at 27 due to severe endometriosis, kidney surgery, gallbladder surgery, and I have had 2 types of cancer (appendix and melanoma) I think I took more vicodin in October than most people take in 5 years.  If I had to crawl over that finish line I would have, just to prove to myself that I could. 

You can definitely count on me to run more 1/2 marathons (running a marathon makes them look short!) and you never know.....I may end up crazy enough to do another Marathon!

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