|All that training, and this is as close as we got|
to the finish line in 2012.
I'm super excited about the fact that I don't have to train for a marathon this summer. I trained for the New York City Marathon for 3 straight years and only finally completed it in 2014. (It was cancelled in 2012 and I had to defer in 2013.)
|Finally a finisher in 2014|
I've completed two full marathons now and I have to say, I'm in no real hurry to do another one. Training to run a fall marathon sucks pretty much anywhere. I can't even fathom training for a full in the south or anywhere that has extreme humidity. Arizona is not much better, going weeks at a time with highs over 110 degrees.
|Abby, Ronda and me post Goofy Challenge 2013|
Following along with Boston Marathon coverage does something to my psyche. I become incredibly inspired and suddenly start thinking that I'm capable of one day being a spritely gazelle that bounds along at a 7 minute per mile pace.
I start convincing myself that, yes, I do actually want to do another marathon. And yes, there's always a possibility that I could one day be fast enough to qualify for Boston. I'm pretty delusional, I think we can all agree on that.
The reality is that I probably won't ever be dedicated enough to train like that. Buuuut, that doesn't mean I should rule out marathons completely. There's a part of me that wants to do the WDW Marathon again without tacking it on to any sort of challenge. I've done enough challenges that I don't really feel the need to do many more.
Registration for WDW Marathon Weekend opens soon and I'm thinking that I probably won't sign up for this one because I'm already doing Wine & Dine and I don't think I can swing back to back trips across the country. But maybe 2017 is a good year to set as a goal...
|2013 WDW Marathon 20 mile marker|
But then, of course, if 2013 was the 20th anniversary, then 2018 would be the 25th anniversary. I'm sure Disney will make a big ol' deal out of that. Maybe I need to do both.
All I know is, I really, really don't want to ever again train for a marathon in the summer here in Arizona again. Marathon training is like a part time job and training for one in AZ is like a part time job frying your flesh off in the heat. No, thanks.
I've wanted to do Marine Corps, but that's in the fall, too. WDW Marathon is really the only one that I really want to do where my longest training runs would be during some decent weather.
Right now, all I have to worry about is training for Wine & Dine. I'm pretty happy it's only a half so I won't be doing any super long runs this summer.
Does anyone else get totally delusional about their running abilities during the Boston Marathon?