Okay, so I’ve wanted to run a marathon for a few years now and I have never had the guts to just do it. My friend ran in the Boston Marathon two years ago as a “one time thing” and since then she has already run in the Chicago Marathon since then because she loved it so much and is now hooked. Naively, I believe that I won’t get hooked on marathon running as I am also calling this a “one time thing,” but who knows. Hearing Mr. Westphal’s story today as well as hearing that he will be at the Sugarloaf Marathon had me excited once again about the possibility of running a marathon myself. In a matter of hours, I’ve already looked up and found the training program that I believe I can stick to fairly flexibly (http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51139/home.html), I’ve looked at the course map and noted the fact that there is a 7.24 mile climb at one point (and I’m totally not intimidated). I’ve gone to the registration page and been too scared to register. I’ve been doing research. I’m ready to go.
Now once I did my research and found out for some reason I still want to do this, I knew there was only one thing that I needed to do. What I needed to do was make sure I kept my promise that I’m making to myself. I know how I work, I have crazy ideas of things that I want to do once every couple of hours, but they never come to anything. However, I want to believe this one will be different. Why? I’m going to tell everyone that I’m running a marathon, and that way I can’t back out of running a marathon. That is why I’m writing this down on a blog, so people know I’m planning on running a marathon. All of you now have to hold me accountable. You might say, “Well you have a screen name, so this could be anyone.” And all I have to say to that is that this is Cole Turissini, and I hate that I’m committing to this so strongly, but this is the only way for me to actually achieve stuff like this. Also, I’m trying to get my dad to do the 15k while I do the marathon, and that would really help my motivation to train to accomplish this. He’s gotten very into running recently and a 15k wouldn’t be too hard for him. He would also help me during the race as he will probably start running with me about the time where I’m going to hit the wall, and I’m not going to be a worse runner than my dad so that will keep me moving. So far he seems pretty hesitant (see screenshot), but more worried about me than him so I think I’ll get him to do it with me. Having him at my side when I finish would be awesome as well.