I made the decision.
I clicked yes.
I hit send.
And I took the leap.
It's insane, I acknowledge. All of it. Registering so early (although I was already awake with Si) and going for a 26.2 with such young kids at home. In fact, I had posted several months ago that a marathon would have to wait till 2017 or 2018 but I caught the bug watching my friends run this race in 2015 and seeing others cross marathon finish lines elsewhere in the country.
But, it also feels right.
I feel ready to take on some more serious training, with my endurance and speed near pre-Si standards. Mark and I have nailed a good routine over the weekend when it comes to kids and long runs. And after nearly nine months (and counting) of nursing, I want to do something with my body that's just for me.
The race, which begins at the state capitol and winds through scenic neighborhoods, will be my third go at the distance. I ran Columbus in 2012 (finish time 4:26:25) and Veterans Marathon in 2013 (finish time 4:31:05). Both were great learning experiences, and I'm excited for the opportunity to learn more about the sport. I'm excited to experience a different course on a different day. And, I look forward for the chance to grow more as a runner.
Most importantly, I hope to #BeMonumental in 2016.