New Year’s Resolution #1: Decide whether to train for a full marathon
I realize that the worst ideas usually follow this statement, but I have a plan. A friend/co-worker of mine is running the Disney World Marathon next weekend and she’s been sharing the ups and downs of her training with me throughout the fall and winter. Needless to say, it’s been pretty grueling. While I don’t envy her the long weekend runs and tons of weekday miles as well, I am a little jealous that she gets to run through all four Disney World parks during her 26.2 mile trek next Sunday. That is going to be so cool. I told her a while back that if I was ever going to consider running a full marathon it would definitely be at Disney World. When I said that, however, not a single fiber of my being thought I’d ever actually do it. At my current fitness level running a half marathon is really difficult for me so the concept of running twice that far was practically incomprehensible. But as the Disney World Marathon weekend approaches (next weekend – yikes!) I started to wonder if maybe it was possible. So I came up with a plan. (Time will tell whether it’s a good plan or not, but let’s not go there.) During the first four months of 2015 I’ll follow the “time improvement” training plan for the Tinkerbell half marathon (May 10th at Disneyland) and see how it goes. This plan requires quite a few weekend runs that are longer than the 13.1 mile half marathon distance. If I’m honest, this really scares me. More like terrifies me, actually, but it’s something I have to do if I want to decide whether to train for a marathon or not. My ultimate decision point is no later than April 28th when the registration for the 2016 Disney World Marathon opens. At this point I’m about 50% sure I’ll decide to do it, but there are a lot of dependencies. Fortunately I have some time to make up my mind. If nothing else, it should be an interesting journey!