Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Marathon Whoaman

My friend Lyday made a mistake recently (and by recently I mean YESTERDAY) and posted a link to this half marathon indicating that she wants to do it. By it I mean the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World in February of 2014. Now what Lyday didn't know is that I've volunteered for marathons before and I always find them so oddly inspirational. In 2004 when I volunteered for my first I pondered doing a half marathon then but didn't have any... motivation to do it.

So like an idiot I say if she wanted to do a team I'd sign up with her. And like an idiot she agreed. And then I did it. I signed up for a fucking marathon. What was I thinking? I'm not a runner. I don't have a runner's body.
This is me.  Well technically this is me like 3 years ago, but you get the picture. This is not the body of a runner. This is the body of a Polish field worker (which I know because I am built like my grandmother and as I've heard many times over from my mother, who rants about this after hearing a news story about slavery reparations or the atrocities visited upon Native Americans, our people were still plowing away in fields in Poland during the time all that bad stuff was happening in the states so a Polish field worker I am). (At least I think that's what she says, I tend to tune out)
I will say that although this is me 3 years ago, this is still pretty much me now since I can still wear both that pair of capris and that tank top. So this is me.
This woman, now she's a runner. She may eat cupcakes once in awhile, but you can be sure she's earned the damn thing.
(Image pilfered from Ultimate City Fitness website who probably pilfered it from someone else.)
But I have now committed to doing a marathon. And since I have paid a ridiculous amount of money and it doesn't even include park tickets or a hotel room I'm doing it. I have a training program downloaded from Disney's website. It is a 19 week program that, theoretically, should have me up to 13.1 miles by the end of it and at a pace that won't get me stuck on the golf cart of shame. I actually have more than 19 weeks, 32 by my count, and so I am hoping I can improve time and endurance during the part after I get to running 13 miles.
Let me repeat that in case you missed it: RUNNING 13 MILES!
Well, I don't have to RUN all 13 miles. All I have to do is have a 16 minute mile and I won't get picked up by the golf cart of shame. (Really I need to shoot for a 14 minute mile. I feel 100% certain I have never in my life run a 14 minute mile) (really)
So  my goal in all this is to complete the damn race and not end up riding in the golf cart of shame. Organizers of a marathon have a time you have to finish by (we get 3.3 hours for this 13 miles). If you are not at a pace to complete that in time they will pick you up. I've seen it at the marathons I've volunteered for although those are usually vans of shame because we're out on public streets. I want to finish. I just want to finish.


Anonymous said...


You have totally got this. My sister Charity does these marathons 2 or 3 times a year and she always finishes without getting swept off the course. Just keep saying, "I think I can. I think I can." Chant with me "I think..." love, kate

katey911 said...

So, since you've volunteered at marathons before, you should totally know that runners come in all shapes & sizes. I remember being surprised at that at the only marathon I've seen (Austin, btw, while you girls were at the bar). My serial marathon friend has confirmed this as well. So don't let what you are or aren't get in your mental way!

Cat said...

Go, go, GO! You can DO THIS! I have been eyeing the Haunted 5K at WDW this year and was really hoping to have that be my first 5K as I train myself to run. Alas, a trip will not be in the immediate future now due to other..things... but eventually I WILL run at Disney World!

And this post made me so happy that you are going to try this and you will complete it. Run, walk, jump, skip, you will complete it and you will feel amazing when you cross that finish line!

I have faith in you. ;)

AliMoonGoddess said...

Wooo Whoooo! You can so do this.

Had someone tell me that runners are just people who run. PERIOD. So if you run 5 seconds across the couch you are officially a runner. Cheers! Now on to kicking that marathon's tush.

I too am a less than svelt "runner" who is pushing myself to change my own thoughts & maybe even my body for the better. Good luck.

... said...

Congrats on your commitment. I haven't done more than a 5K race so I totally applaud you!!