This Sunday is a big day for me... big enough so that the thoughts of romantic dinners and heart shaped boxes of chocolates have been put to the back of my mind. Sunday is a new holiday in my house. It's Marathon Day. For the first time, I'll attempt to run 26.2 consecutive miles with the hopes of earning a shiny new finisher's medal and the title of marathoner.
As you know, I'm careful with my cash... so why would I shell out $125 for this race?
1. A little Valentine's theme: Nate (jokingly) said that I had to run it in honor of our love... there might be a little V-day tension at home if I decide to quit early ;).
2. I'll have someone waiting for me at the end... Did I mention that Nate would be running as well?
3. People will be watching. Spectators, friends, and family will all have their eyes on me. How lame would it be if I just sat down?
4. I've trained for this. The long runs and sore muscles were preparing me for this. My body is ready.
5. It's going to be fun. A friend of mine said, "the training was the hard part, but this is the celebration!" I think it's a great mindset to have going into Sunday with.
6. So I can cross it off of the list. I don't know if I'll be the grandma that runs marathons, but at least I'll be the one who tells stories about them.
7. To impress myself. For some reason I have always looked up to runners, but running was always for someone else... someone fit, someone athletic, someone with good hair (strange stereotype, I know) and a toned stomach. I don't think I have ever been as proud of myself as I was the day I ran 5 miles without stopping. Now, 35 pounds and seven years later, I'm realizing that I am the person that I was so impressed with before and I'm going to run 26.2 without stopping.
8. To win. Okay, I'll admit it... there are a couple of people I'm racing. We're not technically going head-to-head or anything, but I reeeally want to beat them (and no, they don't know that I'm "racing" against them...).
9. For the cheers. Hey, I like attention. Thankfully, I get to wear "Kasey!" across my shirt.
10. Guilt-free face stuffing! AKA: I'm going to eat A LOT of food afterwards.
11. So that I can collect a few more good stories. Monumental, funny, or frustrating... there's always something worth retelling.
12. To raise awareness. Our marathon actually partners with 26 different local charities.
13. For the well-deserved break. I'm excited to start devoting more time to the house and less to long weekend runs.
14. For the street cred.
15. For the community. There should be a lot of energy in the group of 14,000!
16. Did I mention the face stuffing? Food NEVER tastes as good as it does after a hard, long run!
17. For the bumper sticker.
18. The finisher's shirt. I'm not usually one to get excited about a race shirt, but this one will say, "marathon" on it!
19. To not embarrass myself in front of you guys! I can't come back Monday having not finished.
20. It saved me on gym fees. With all of the running on my to-do list, I didn't need a gym membership to keep in shape.
21. So that I can put all of my expensive gear to use. ($100 shoes, $50 pants, $15 socks, $30 sports bra, $20 mittens...)
22. To be in that 0.1% who see the finish line.
23. There might be a DQ Blizzard ice cream cake waiting for me at home... (see #16 & 10)
24. It brought us closer (see #1 & 2).
25. I love being a runner. I can't wait to be a marathoner.
26. Because there are people who can't.
26.2 Because there will be a day that I can't.
Wish me luck!!