I guess marathon training/running is kind of like child birth and I forgot the pain enough to register for the 2009 Las Vegas Marathon. But early in the training cycle for that race I tweaked a hamstring, and while it didn't stop me from running it did stop me from running long enough to train for a marathon. I wound up dropping down to the half marathon in Vegas and completed it successfully, if not speedily.
In 2010 I had no desire to run a marathon. It didn't even cross my mind. I ran 3 or 4 half marathons, a few 10 milers, 10Ks, 5 milers, 5Ks, etc. It was probably my best running year since I started running in 2007. I set personal records times for the half marathon and 10 mile distances, and I placed in my age group in a race for the first time ever. No reason to not continue that into 2011, right?
I've always been intrigued by the Marine Corps Marathon. When you hear about the best organized races you hear about the MCM. When you hear about the most inspiring races you hear about the MCM. When I told someone a few years ago I was running the Baltimore Marathon as my first, the response was, "You should run the Marine Corps Marathon."
After seeing registration was opening yesterday, and after a running buddy of mine described it as a "bucket list" event, I took the plunge. Immediately I got a rush of adrenaline. And two seconds after that subsided I got a rush of panic. But now I'm in and in June (or thereabouts) I'll be getting ready. And I have proof:
See ya there!
The whining about training for a marathon will commence shortly after training commences. Ready yourself now.