BIG announcement, like, big

Last weekend I watched my friend not only finish the L.A. Marathon, but kick it in the butt. Brad and I drove him to the starting line at 6:00 am. The sun continued to sleep soundly somewhere past the horizon while Dodgers Stadium overflowed with 20,000+ eager and excited runners. As we pulled into the drop-off area, inspiration filled my lungs. I couldn’t believe not only how many people took on the challenge of running a marathon, but how many of them were in the same physical condition (and maybe even a bit worse) than me. I couldn’t help but excitedly think if they could do this, I could do this. And I can.

With no further ado I have an announcement to make. I will run a marathon in 2015.

In case you weren’t sure, that’s 26.2 miles.

I’ve been toying with the idea since about one week after I finished my first half marathon. Immediately after finishing I thought that running that distance twice in a row sounded like the most insane idea I’d ever heard of, and I couldn’t believe ANYone actually did it. But it only took about a week to forget the pain before I started thinking not only of running another half as soon as possible, but entertaining the notion of greater challenges. I imagine it’s a bit like having children. During childbirth and immediately after I think most women curse their spouse’s name and swear they’ll never do this again. Doesn’t take long before that cuddly little bundle wipes away the memory of the pain and you start prepping another baby’s room. So yes, I’ve been thinking about it for years, (the marathon thing, not the baby thing) and I’m done thinking. The only way I’m going to find out if I can actually do it, is to just frickin’ do it.

So I’m going to do it.

Why wait until 2015 you ask? Well I’ve got this little thing called a wedding to plan. Brad and I are getting hitched in July 2014 (BRAD AND I ARE GETTING HITCHED JULY 2014!!!!!) and I don’t need to add to the stress of wedding planning by trying to squeeze in 15 mile runs on the weekends. 2014 is the year ‘o’ love. As soon as we get back from our honeymoon, let the training begin.

The goal right now (and I hope I hope I hope I can make it work) is to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. We’re talking about a marathon people. My FIRST marathon. It’s a big deal. You want your first time to be special, y’know? Whether or not we’ll have enough money leftover to fly to Florida for a running vacay after saving for a wedding and honeymoon remains to be seen. If it doesn’t happen, then it’ll either be the LA MarathonΒ or the California International MarathonΒ that takes my marathon V-Card.

So there you have it! You heard it here first. Accountability officially in print on Running to Tahiti.

I will run a marathon.

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  1. Saw my girl Vic tweeting with you on Scoot and figured I’d hop over here to tell you that you rock! πŸ™‚ I’m thinking about making 2015 my first (at Disney too). I haven’t made any declarations just yet – I think I’m scared to say the words out loud.

    1. I hear ya! I’ve been scared to make it official too but seeing how many people did it at the L.A. Marathon really inspired me. Decided to take the plunge! Thanks so much for reading and hope to see you at Disney in 2015 πŸ™‚

      1. Completely understand! I watched my friend run the Philly marathon in 2011 and it’s what inspired me to take up running. I’m hearing rumors of runDisney adding a 10k to the Disney marathon weekend so by that point, there might be an option to run a 10k, half and full. CRAZY!

  2. I couldn’t be more thrilled for you! I started Couch to 5K last June & after running my first 5K ever decided to register for the Princess Half Marathon on Labor Day. All the runDisney hype was on HIGH because the 20th Anniversary WDWMarathon was getting close to selling out….so I jumped head first & registered! I hadn’t trained more than 12mi before race day. Instead I aligned myself with some amazing Twitter friends & we encouraged each other through the entire 26.2 miles…then we conga’d across the finish line! You will LOVE this race!

    Just to throw it out there, 2015 will be the 5th Anniversary of GOOFY. And in the mean time, 9mo is plenty of time to train for 2014 and will still have months to spare before your big day. *wink*

    For a GREAT, inspiring write up of the LA Marathon may I recommend you read Linzie Starr’s blog: πŸ™‚

  3. Jason decide to run a marathon this year in honor of Madelene! You guys are insane. If he likes it, maybe we will see you in 2015! I’ll be the one cheering from the sidelines. πŸ™‚

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