So, I'm running a marathon. It's official.
Specifically, the Brighton marathon, which takes place at the beginning of April.
This isn't going to become a running blog. That's not what any of us signed up for. However, I'm going to be spending more time than usual pounding the pavement/cliff paths/parks over the next three-ish months. So I thought I might do a little monthly update or similar on how it's all going. Actually, that's not very many months at all, is it?
Well, as you may know, I've been running for a good few years and I kind of love it. But I am a total hippie when it comes to running, and so I have never done an 'official' event or race, except for my local Parkrun. The opportunity came up to run for the perfect charity (more on that later as well, I expect) - and what could be more perfect than a seaside marathon in my adopted hometown?
The longest runs I have ever done before have been roughly half marathon length - so I have quite a good foundation, but it will still be a mega challenge. I must admit that the thought has been crossing my mind for some years now, only fleetingly - 'could I..?'. So, it's time to have a good go at it and answer that question once and for all.
I always claim to run for the joy rather than any kind of challenge - and that's true. It just feels good to be outside and moving. However, a bit of challenge is good. I remember the feeling when I first started running, and built up slowly to running a 5K and then a 10K non-stop. It was a lovely achievement and made me feel great. It's ages since I've experienced anything like that - I know I can run a decent distance without stopping, so I just plod along aimlessly and enjoy the scenery or the weather, or whatever. Which is nice, but a different thing altogether. I have my regular routes now, and for the last couple of years, that's all I've been doing. Once again by necessity, now I'm going to rediscover that feeling of challenging myself, this time more than ever before - so I will find out if I enjoy it on this new level.
I'm determined to do it - so the worst that might happen is that I don't enjoy it and don't do one ever again. Fine. Then I can go back to my hippie running non-schedule and at least I will know.
P.S. Whilst I'll be trying not to bang on about it too much here, I have decided to keep a little diary of my training endeavours - if you are interested, you can read it here.