Let’s get some miles in today!
Training started today. The weather was simply gorgeous this morning in Washington, D.C., which made it much easier to lace up and hit the pavement. Today’s distance was 4 miles, easy enough for me since I’m a regular runner. Once those long runs begin, you may find I’m not as positive!
Think being a city dweller sucks when you’re training for a marathon? My only options are busy streets crowded with people, right? Wrong.
Lucky for me that I have easy access to Rock Creek Park. It’s about 4.5 square miles of paradise in the middle of the nation’s capital. There’s a horse stable, a nature center, lots of picnic areas, and (you guessed it) Rock Creek. In the summers, you’ll find a lot of runners and cyclists exercising here because it’s at least 10 degrees cooler than it’s concrete counterpart.
Here are a few pictures from my run this morning:
For those of you who know me, you’ll recall that I swore I would never run a marathon. Ever. What changed? Well, my cousin, David, was diagnosed with leukemia about one and a half years ago. He was in treatment for several months, went into remission, and then started having strokes. His most recent visit to the hospital landed him there for 2 months while he underwent tests, chemotherapy, and arsenic treatments. He was released a few days ago (yes!!), but must continue with outpatient treatment for awhile. I’d say that’s a damn good deal rather than staying in the hospital…
After learning of David’s condition, I wanted to do something to help, but I wanted it to be on a larger scale. Organizing a fundraiser event, such as a benefit dinner, wouldn’t do. What about challenging myself to something I knew would be difficult? I toyed with running another half marathon, but I’ve already “been there, done that,” and it simply wasn’t good enough.
How about a marathon? What about training with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training? I liked this idea. After receiving “you can do it” pep talks from friends and family, I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 26 in D.C., and even have my own fundraising page!
I panicked. Oh my god. What the hell did I just sign up for? I can’t run a marathon!
Then it hit me: If David could fight leukemia and endure chemo treatments every day, then my completing 26.2 miles was sort of a joke. His endurance and strength would be my fuel to the finish line.
And so the journey begins.