On yesterday’s Instagram post, you probably imagined a burnt-out Courtney. I’m not talking about well-done…I mean…at this point, I am extra crispy and someone forgot me in the oven.
Screw it. Ya girl is CHARRED.
The marathon is May 5, and I am starting to get cold feet. I’m nervous. I’m afraid. I’m currently battling a cold and barely sleeping at night because my kids are sick and #momlife.
Logically, I feel like running 26.2 miles in a few weeks is the worst idea ever. But damn you, 26.2 — every time I feel like giving up because of a nagging pain/illness/burnout…you find a way to keep me hanging on.
This, my friends, is marathon training.
“I think [your best friend] would agree with me. You’ve quit a lot of things.” The words of my husband.
I remember when he said this. We were sitting at the dining room table among a landmine of crumbs that the baby left scattered along the floor and the top of the dining room table. My daughter’s day-old undies and dress found home on the treadmill after I asked her to change her clothes for the seventh time in a row. The heat had just kicked on, and I held my breath because I knew the gas bill was climbing in price.
What he said hit me hard because it’s true. I have started and stopped a lot of things. I have pages and pages of failed business ideas and attempts. Writing jobs that only paid $5 per 500 words. Mounds of starter kits from when I was roped into direct sales via manipulation and false promises.
But through it all, one thing remained constant: running. From my first “run” around the block at 3 pm during the thick of August in 2014 to training for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, running is the only thing I’ve continued to show up for.
The bad news: Pittsburgh is full of hills as well as bridges that have just enough uphill grade to force you out of breath…
The good news: You will likely never find a more family-friendly, supportive race out there. I am a first time marathoner, and I am asked quite a bit why I didn’t pick a “beginner course.” Well, because I’d rather be in the Pittsburgh Marathon atmosphere than any other.
I’m running the Pittsburgh Marathon because I want the challenge and I adore that it’s such of a family weekend! And, you’d love it to.
Honesty time: I registered for THREE marathons since 2014, and the number I’ve completed is currently….0. I don’t want to say that I felt intimidated or scared of the distance, but as a gal who operates so much on intuition and “gut feelings,” I guess it just didn’t feel right.
When I clicked the “register” button for the 2019 DICKS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, it felt exactly right. Check out why.