For those with a short attention span, here is the "Reader's Digest" version of this post - I'm running my first marathon on 4/21 supporting the Military Child Education Coalition. Yes, I'm a little crazy, but I've worked my posterior off to get this far and am pretty excited about it. It's a fundraiser, so if you have a dollar or a thousand to contribute, the kiddos would appreciate it: My fundraiser page
Late last year I saw a poster in my gymnast daughter's gym advertising an upcoming 5k race. It gave me flashbacks to my glory days in High School Cross Country... wait, that's right. I sucked at Cross Country. I lettered for participation... not ashamed to admit it. I calculated how hard I'd have to work to get that letter so Mom and Dad would pop for the nice jacket to put it on. I'm sure Dad was proud, considering he was one of the coaches LOL (sorry Dad, the truth is out!)!
At any rate, I got the itch to try again. Maybe I'd have more motivation this time around. So, like a fool, I signed up for the race, ran three times the week prior, and did it. It was fun, much more fun than High School Cross Country was. I was doing it for myself this time, as any runner will tell you, it's just you and the road running against each other.
So I got a crazier idea, and that was to run a Marathon. We've all seen the apps in the iTunes Store and Android Marketplace for "Couch to 5k", but I couldn't put my hands on one for "Couch to Marathon". Thinking back on it, I believe there are good reasons for that.
|The daughter and I at a 5k fundraiser race in Feb.|
( I got 2nd place in my age bracket - crazy eh?)
I'm droning on... at any rate, I found an app for my phone (join me on http://runkeeper.com - my username is LoganCashwell) that had a training plan on it for "Marathon to Finish". My goal was to get it done inside of a year, which I later found out was pretty aggressive. Ignorance can sometimes hurt you... I finished that one and loaded up a new one that was a "Sub 4hr Marathon" which pushed me harder.
Last week I ran 20 miles, PR'd for time, and had gas in the tank at the end (yes, I was shocked).
So, here I am signed up for my first marathon 21 days hence. Am I crazy? Probably. Am I ready? Probably. I won't know until the road and I have a conversation on the 21st of April 2013, a month before the anniversary of that first 5k which re-launched my running career, which flushed away much of the stress of my days.
So, run payroll run pavement? It's all good. The race I'm running is a fundraiser supporting the Troops and their families. They ask all runners to try and raise some funds for the cause, so I'm reaching out here to my readers to see if I can beat their $400 fundraising goal. The blog gets 300 hits a day even when I'm ignoring it and being a failed blogger by not posting, so if you are looking to support a good cause, click my link and donate what you can.
I'm running in honor of the memory of my grandfather and great grandfather - Lt. Claude Cason Cashwell, US Army (WWI) and Machinist Mate I Claude Kendis Cashwell, US Navy (WWII).