Yesterday marked week 1 day 1 of training for The Nationwide Children's Columbus Marathon. When I started training for the Air Force Marathon (AF) last year, I honestly thought I would be a "once and done" marathoner. I wanted to prove to myself (and my Former Fat Girl that lives in my brain) that I could do it. Well, I finished it and had such a great time that I wanted to run another (and beat my time, of course). Then I trained for Cleveland. After the Cleveland Marathon, I was going to take time off of marathons and concentrate on shorter distances after (Half marathons, 5K, etc). Anything BUT 26.2. Then I started hearing about the charity partner of Nationwide Columbus Marathon (Nationwide Children's Hospital) and I got the itch. I HAD to sign up for Columbus. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited to run the Columbus Marathon. I have heard GREAT things about it, and let's face it, most of my local running friends will be running either the Half or the Full, so I will have plenty of company along the way! It should be a really fun day!
Please tell me I'm not alone...that I'm not the only crazy runner that gets excited by looking at a brand new training plan? I mean, just look at the possibilities on that piece of paper?! It represents so much more than miles needed to run. That single sheet of paper represents a challenge, it's a journey that I have started and I'm so excited to see where it takes me both physically and mentally!
Now that I'm officially training for the marathon, don't forget to claim your mile for the children! You can read more about my reasons for fundraising here and visit my fundraising page here. Every dollar helps a child get the care they need!
Do you get excited to start a new training plan? If you are running the Columbus Marathon or another fall marathon, have you started training yet?