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My journey to 26.2

It’s here. Day 1 of my marathon training. For the next 18 weeks, I will be running 4 days a week, building up my mileage and endurance.

 

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Sorry, but I’m not sorry about all the marathon training posts and status updates I’ll be sharing. This is huge for me. This journey to 26.2 miles doesn’t really start today – it started in January of 2012 when I ran my first half marathon. I just didn’t know it then. Every run I’ve gone out on in the dark before most people are awake had brought me to this day. Today is a game changer. I am committing to give this my best and enjoy every minute of it.

I swore I would never run a full marathon. I didn’t need to do it, I didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t imagine running that far and I had no interest in it.

Somewhere along the way, that changed. After running my sixth half marathon I had this little voice in my head and I started thinking about it. It was a possibility. That possibility turned into a definite “I want to do it. I need to do it.” And the day registration opened, I registered for the Space Coast Marathon.

Am I scared? YES. Am I excited? YES. This could be a once in a lifetime journey. After running 10 half marathons and many other races, I’ve already learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. A full marathon is the next step. I am ready to run 26.2 miles.

This morning started early, with a 3 mile run. I am literally off and running on my training. 18 weeks and counting until Space Coast Marathon.

I hope you’ll follow along with me as I work towards this amazing goal. I am be surrounded by so many who support me and inspire me to do this.

9 Comments

  1. Meghan R

    You are gonna rock this marathon Nanci, I just know it. Can’t wait to follow you on your journey. Better you than me! Lol.

  2. I am excited for you! It will be quite the journey and you will learn so much about yourself as a a runner during the process.
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  3. How exciting, good luck!!

  4. you’re going to be great!! training is tough – but so worth it when you cross that finish line!
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  5. That is fantastic! I am excited to follow you in this endeavor! You are going to do great!
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  6. This is so exciting! Seriously, this inspires me to want to run a marathon someday. It’s so exciting that you’ve been working towards this moment for years and it’s finally here! Good luck with your training!
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  7. Good luck and have fun with your training! I ran my first half in January 2013 and swore I would never run a marathon. Never say never, right? I logged my longest run this weekend (17.5) miles and it wasn’t bad at all. I think it’s more about getting your head wrapped around the fact that your body will be covering 26.2 miles more than anything.
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  8. I’m so sad that I won’t be running this one with you. I might have to make the trip to set up a support/cheer squad and bring some half naked swimmers with me. lol
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