Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Twin Cities Marathon 2009

I am writing tonight to announce my decision to run in the Twin Cities Marathon in 2009. As I write this, I cannot believe the words that I am typing. That is because I am not much of a runner. I have not run an organized race since track in the 4th grade. Even then, distance wasn’t my strength. My legs still ache from my 5 mile run on Sunday.

However, I am inspired. I am inspired by the support and encouragement coming from Polly. I am inspired by her recent accomplishment. I am inspired by my friends who are going to run with me (my brother is still a hold out). And I am inspired to AIM HIGH.

It will be a long journey, but I figure if I commit now, I give myself the best chance for success. If I make a public commitment, I will have a tangible goal. If I invite others in, I will get the best advice from those who have experienced it. Therefore, I invite you to share your experiences here or directly with me. I will periodically post updates to my training, and hopefully a picture of me crossing the finish line in 2009.


david said...

It is a good thing you played Maplewood football because what your coaches taught you is true when it comes to marathon running, "winning is 90% mental".

As someone who has run a fair amount of marathons and ultras, I am not going to paint a rosy picture for you. A marathon is tough. It breaks a person down and makes him/her realize what kind person they are inside. It is painful and it takes a lot of grit to pound out the last few miles. I think that is why I love it so much. It is a hard challenge that makes a person tougher in the end.

Marathon running reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness" - Dostoevsky

I don't know if that quote gives you any comfort but if you think about it, it will make you appreciate that beer after a marathon a whole lot more.

One last thing - start off slow and save your energy for the later miles.

- Weeda

The Perez Family said...

You'll be great becuase you are great.