January, 2016

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

July 30th, 2011 was the sort-of beginning. That was my first 10k. In Vancouver. An Australian and Canadian venture. I had never done an any k really, and survived.

Since then, 2 more 10k’s. A 17k (odd, non?), and 4 halfs (of those halfs, two not-so-bad, two brutal). I think. And an airport runway run in there somewhere, too.

Then April 26, 2015 the other sort-of beginning. That was when discussion began to take real form. During a half actually for registration on April 28, 2015 for this. The real deal. A marathon. Full stop.

Without mincing words, I’m undertrained. I’m not not-at-all trained. But typically trained. My first half, I had never done more than 10k. And now, my first full, I’ve never done much more than half. BUT. I’m more trained than I ever have been. I’ve been chipping away at fairly consistent runs and know my pace and abilities.

All my runs lately have been indoor tracks. This full allegedly doesn’t have much for hills, so I’m banking on the fact I have have done, oh, none.

The good news? Whatever I do, it will be a Personal Best. The bad news? There isn’t really any. I’m not worried about not finishing. I’m not worried about time. I’m nervous. But I’m more excited than nervous. And the whole thing will be an adventure. With thousands of other people.

So now.

Shoes packed. Gels too. Double layered socks ready.

19 water stops. 5 of them with food.

3 x 14k. And then a little bit. Thinking of it in thirds makes it easier for me somehow. Maybe because those thirds present a distance I can actually picture.

So let’s see how this goes! Have rounded up some amazing people. The surroundings will be pretty fun.

Ready [I think] to run my [Mickey] ears off.