I wouldn’t call myself a runner. When I picture runners I think of super athletic people who eat kale for fun, only wear workout clothes and always have some weird-looking health shake in their hand. It’s like they’re ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and go on a 10-mile run no matter where they are.
That is not me.
I think kale tastes disgusting, weird-looking shakes gross me out, and flip-flops are my favorite kind of footwear. (If I have to wear shoes at all because honestly I prefer being barefoot, but that’s a different story.) I run sometimes, but I don’t have a schedule and I don’t really know anything about running. Well, except that you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, but you know what I mean. I played sports in high school, but never felt like I had the time to commit to a team while I was in college. Still, there’s something about training for something that gets me excited.
This summer I signed up to run a 5K because it was on the NYC Summer Bucket List. It was the first time I ever ran a race and I had so much fun that I signed up to run a 10K a few week’s later. After only two races I’m totally hooked.
I was talking to a friend recently who congratulated me on running the 10k a couple of weeks ago. “You had a really good time and you weren’t even training. Imagine how you would do if you actually started training. You could totally run a marathon.”
I have no idea what it takes to run a marathon. The race requirements, training plans, nutrition and everything in between are all things that I have to look up because I’m a complete newbie to all of this. I’m starting from square one: the absolute basics.
If we can do anything we set our minds to then I figured I could set my mind to a marathon. Why not?
So here begins the journey to The Unafraid Marathon. I don’t really know what I’m getting myself into, but I think I’m up for the adventure.
If any of you have any advice for this wannabe runner then please let me know… because I’m going to need all the help that I can get.