Yesterday, I registered for the Portland Marathon. I realize I hadn’t mentioned what I was training for, but I didn’t want to state anything official until I got into the event.
This will be my first marathon. I’ve done 4 half marathons, so technically cumulatively I guess I’ve done 2 marathons! Seriously, though, I am nervous and I will do everything in my power to train well for it. I’ve found that the mental toughness is even more important than the physical endurance. If you believe you cannot go another step, you’re right. If you believe you’ve enough steam to finish the 26.2, you’re right. It’s the great paradox of the old Henry Ford quote: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
I started training for it 2 months ago. I found a plan in Runner’s World magazine. After I’d been doing it for a couple of weeks, I discovered it was for people who wanted to *improve* their previous marathon times. Gads! It was not a plan for newbies. I kinda fall in a weird category of intermediate-beginner. I am not starting out from the very beginning – like couch-sitting – but neither am I a veteran marathoner. So…I kept on. Some weeks have been harder and I haven’t gotten all the mileage in. I ran in Hawaii most days and did my first long run of 11 miles there, in the humidity and the presence of chickens.
I think I’ll keep going and see where it leads. I’m learning to enjoy the journey of this trip. My only goal for the marathon is to finish, though qualifying for Boston would be an added bonus. The real goal is to finish well; that’s my milestone. That’s my true reward. Proverbs 13:12 says: Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. This is my dream.
What’s your dream, and are you going after it?