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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The One Where I’m Trying To Be Just Like You


I am less than 4 weeks away from my marathon, my big race, the race I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now. The Dallas Marathon is important to me for many reasons, but 2 reasons really stick out in my mind.

For starters, growing up in Dallas I have always heard about the Dallas {White Rock} Marathon (they dropped the “white rock” off the name this year) and while I wasn’t always a runner I had hopes and visions of someday calling myself a runner and being able to achieve that one day. In my mind marathoners are elites; they are a certain group of people that are stronger than the rest and those who work harder than most. To my 10 year old self people who ran marathons were equal to Olympic athletes, and if you know me at all you know how I feel about Olympic athletes…

As a kid I used to think my dad was amazing for going and running the 8 mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. We would always ask him when he came home, “Dad, did you win?!” In our minds the fact that he could run that far deserved a win. For the record he never did win but I’m pretty sure we still thought he did.

So imagine how I felt about marathon runners; like I said, “elites”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to toot my own horn by saying that when I run a marathon in 4 weeks I’ll be elite, far from it. In fact I find it hard to believe that this dream is actually coming to fruition. In my head I am still that 10 year old girl awestruck that my dad could run 8 miles. I say all this to make the point that while my ultimate running holy grails (is that redundant?) are to run the New York City Marathon and Boston, my heart belongs to Dallas; it’s my first memory of being in awe of marathon runners and it’s home, my home.

The second reason this race means so much to me is because of the promise I made myself to run 26 mile before my 26th birthday. Well we all know how that turned out (if not you can read here and here) and while I could have let that experience ruin running for me I didn’t. I just allowed myself to reshape that goal and say I’m going to run 26 miles while I’m 26. And thankfully Dallas is giving me that chance.

When I started this post I didn’t intend for it to become so sentimental, I actually was planning on making light of the fact that I may have lost my mind. And why have I lost my mind? Well, I still haven’t run my first marathon and here I sit using my free time to plan my training schedule for my NEXT marathon. Yes, next! 

I actually signed up for this marathon back in May (before I even signed up for the Dallas marathon mind you) because it was only $45. I had heard great things about it and I knew in my heart that I would not stop at 1 marathon. So here I sit today, reveling in the fact that not only do I get to see my dreams come true but I also get to see just how crazy in love I am with a sport that I can call my own. I will never be elite, never, nor will I ever consider myself elite the way I used to think marathon runner were, but that doesn’t make me think any less of marathon runners, oh no, if anything I have way more respect for you. I know what you have done. I know what you have been through. And I know just how hard you work. So in my mind, you are the most elite, you are a marathon runner. And me, well I’m just trying to be just like you.

5 comments:

Erin said...

I love this post - it's so honest and I can honestly say I have been exactly in your shoes. I am so excited for you; completing your first marathon is such a special experience that you will never forget. Think of the marathon as your victory lap for all the hard work you put in during training :)

LifeisaRun said...

This makes me want to say - never say never! We'll be at Dallas for the half! Maybe we'll run into you??

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE this post! I love how thoughtful you are about the whole process- that's super cool!
You are a runner. You are an athlete. You are ELITE!! :)

meghan said...

This is a great post. I love that you've always idolized people that you are now about to become. And I think that it means that you should idolize yourself (does that even make sense?). And that whole seires of races in Kansas looks like SO much fun. The whole Wizard of Oz theme of the ones underneath the one you signed up for makes me want to book a ticket to Kansas!! I can't believe you paid $45 for a marathon. That's awesome.

Allison said...

I love everything about this post! You are going to rock this marathon. 26.2 miles is no easy task. We do all the training and dedicate our time to prepare for one day. That is an elite athlete to me. I love that you are running 26 while you are 26. I ran my first marathon on my 26th birthday :)