Last September I did a half marathon at the Pocatello, Idaho marathon. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Even though I ended up with big blisters on each foot, a bit of a pain in my hip and was really sore for about 3 days, it was amazing. All those symptoms did go away and I was left with the satisfaction that I had finished a 13.1 mile race.
I have decided to do the full Pocatello marathon this year.
I still don't understand where this race-loving girl came from, but I'm not complaining. I love the way I feel when am working my way through the course, grabbing a quick snack and drink at the aid stations and bashfully smiling when people cheer along the way. I enjoy how I can push myself by picking out landmarks ahead and just telling myself to jog to that spot...and usually I can go even beyond that a little.
It's going to take a lot of training to get ready. After I do the Rex Lee 5K on March 13th, I will start my marathon training the following week. I found this beginner marathon training schedule which lasts for 24 weeks - the exact amount between Rex Lee and Pocatello. It makes this whole process seem possible, somehow.
It looks like my best friend will be doing it with me again, so that's a relief. It's much easier when you have someone to train with and you can push each other. I was slower than him during the half, so I watched him ahead in the distance as long as I could and it helped keep me going. It was also nice to see him at the finish line, as well as his brother & nephew.
A part of me still whispers that I am crazy to even attempt to go 26.2 miles. I'll just have to strap on my trusty little iPod shuffle to drown out that voice. :)
Pocatello Marathon....here I come!