Tomorrow I start marathon training.
It feels like this tomorrow has been coming for awhile. I secured my place way back in April, and ever since the marathon has been on my mind.
I never thought I'd run a marathon. I mean, two years ago I never thought I would run, period. But even once I started I swore I would never run a marathon. It just felt too far. The training commitment felt a bit too much. I wasn't sure I would be able to do it.
These days things have changed. It's still a really long way, but it isn't too far. The training commitment is still pretty big, but it's not too much. I know that I can do it. That's not to say that the prospect of running a marathon doesn't scare me - I am terrified.
I don't know if this will be the best think I ever do, or the worst idea I've ever had.
I know there are points where I will hurt. A lot. I know there will be days when I don't want to train and that I will suffer through DOMS, blisters and chafing. But I am excited to see what happens over the next four months. Long training runs that criss-cross the city. Races as training. Adventures in other cities. Brunches. Runs with friends and runs alone. Late night run commutes and heavy investment in cold weather gear - just some of the things I know I can look forward to.
Training for a marathon is one of the most exciting things I've ever done. I am really looking forward to sharing my experiences, but I also want to hear yours - if you've run a marathon what's your advice to a newbie? Your top tip? I'd love to hear your thoughts!