Before finally sharing more about my decision to train for a marathon, there’s one more half marathon piece of business to complete. Yes, I already crossed the finish line, but I have yet to announce the mental health nonprofit that I donated to. On August 25, I vowed that I would donate $1 for every mile I ran through race day on October 19. The total number of miles I ran was 125, so I donated $125 to The Jed Foundation. This organization’s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. To achieve this, The Jed Foundation collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that promote awareness and understanding, increase knowledge, and foster help-seeking.
If you follow me on Instagram or have been catching the hints I’ve dropped over the last two weeks, you know that I’m currently training to run 26.2 miles at the Walt Disney World Marathon. One month ago, this wasn’t my plan. One year ago, I hadn’t registered for my first half marathon. The Monday before the Nike Women’s Half Marathon SF, my friend Seth helped me realize a few things. Seth lives in Miami and is running the Dopey Challenge at Disney–5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, 13.1 miles on Saturday, and 26.2 miles on Sunday. Crazy talk, I know. Seth suggested I register for the full marathon, which I hadn’t even considered. Then I realized that I was halfway through training and would have 12 more weeks to train. And that the WDWM course is almost completely flat. While I’ve often told people I wasn’t sure if I’d ever run a full marathon, I secretly wanted to. I was afraid. Runners told me that I’d never feel 100% ready to run a full marathon, I’d just have to register. I remember feeling exactly the same way about a half marathon, so I trusted myself and registered.
On January 11, I’ll be running 26.2 miles through Disney’s four parks with my mom there to support me. I am beyond excited for this challenge. Over the next 11 weeks, my long training runs will take me to distances that I’ve never reached before. 14 miles yesterday! It won’t be easy, but I’m already proud of myself. As always, I’ll be sharing my training journey in bi-weekly Marathon Monday posts.
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