Happy Tuesday, friends 🙂
So…I have a big announcement to make!
After completing my first half marathon in September of 2011, the running bug bit me…hard.
Since then, I completed 5 additional half marathons setting a new goal for myself each time and working hard to achieve it. I even ran a half marathon sub 1:45!! Something I honestly didn’t know was possible.
As the type of girl who is always looking to push myself harder, I’ve always wanted to run and complete a FULL marathon but I didn’t know when. Then, it came to me…
26 miles for 26 years.
This year, I turned 26 and I committed to myself that I will complete a full marathon.
I had a runner friend create a training plan for me that incorporated lots of cross training (I love to vary my workouts and find my body does best when I do!), and guess what? The first run on the training plan begins TODAY!
While I am SO excited to get started, I am honestly very nervous. I still have a bit of research to do regarding nutrition, fueling DURING long runs with real food, and everything else marathon related but I am so excited and ready for the challenge.
I will be running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon here in Denver on October 18, but I am also completing a half marathon as part of my training. This summer will be FULL of running!! Thank goodness for early sunrises and cool morning temps 🙂
So there you have it, friends! I’ll try to recap my training for all of you, but I would honestly love to know if any of you have resources to share! If you have completed a marathon or have any excellent running tips, I am all ears!
Wish me luck on this crazy running journey!
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That’s awesome Tara – good luck with your training! I love the idea of 26 miles for your 26th year. Can’t wait to read more about your marathon journey!
That’s awesome, Tara! 🙂
Thanks, Sara!! 🙂
Good luck to you with your training! I love following people as they work to run their first full 🙂
Thanks, Ange!! I need all the luck I can get!
Yay! Routing you on dear!!
🙂 thank you Rebecca!
I’ve done a few full marathons and a bunch of halfs and can totally understand getting bit by the running bug! My parents both ran marathons before I ever got into running and I used to think they were crazy haha. But I absolutely love it and I’m sure you will too! The best advice I have is to trust your training!!! There are going to be times you don’t feel ready but I promise you are!
A few?! My goodness!! Thanks for the tips, Jamie!! I am excited!!
That is so awesome, Tara! You will do great as always! 🙂
Thanks, Shiva! You are always so sweet!
AHH congrats – such a fun process and accomplishment!
🙂 Thanks, Clare!!
That’s such a great goal! Congratulations! I made the goal to run my first full when I graduated from college (it was actually the same day, so I missed my ceremony). I’ve run 2 fulls and a ton of halfs including one on Sunday! The biggest advice I can offer is do NOT skip out on long runs. This is always my biggest problem with training and the reason I always struggle in races! The long runs are so important! You’ll do great though and I can’t wait to follow your journey!
What a big day! College graduation AND a marathon!? Amazing! Thanks so much for the luck!